The NFL’s official draft order was announced Tuesday, and the Ravens have plenty of ammunition – seven picks in the first four rounds, and nine picks overall: The Ravens haven’t had seven picks in the first four rounds since 2008. In that draft, the Ravens took quarterback Joe Flacco in the first round (No. 18), followed by running back Ray Rice in the second round (No. 55).
Here are the Ravens’ 2016 picks:
No. 6 (first round)
No. 36 (second round)
No. 70 (third round)
No. 104 (fourth round)
No. 130 (fourth round from the Broncos)
No. 132 (fourth round)
No. 134 (fourth round)
No. 182 (sixth round)
No. 209 (sixth round)
The second fourth-round pick (No. 130) was acquired in a 2015 trade with the Broncos, in exchange for center Gino Gradkowski. Picks No. 132 and No. 134 are compensatory picks.
There’s a chance the Ravens could trade down from the sixth pick, but only if Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome hears a deal he simply can’t refuse.
“When we get to the first night of the draft, we will have six players graded and be ready to pick one of those six,” Newsome said at the combine. “Five could go, one of them will be left for us. That’s the way we operate. We got to come up with six really good football players that we feel like could come in and help the Baltimore Ravens this year.
“If the phone rings, it rings. But right now we’re preparing to pick at No. 6.”
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On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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