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Ravens must hit if they stay at No. 4 pick in NFL Draft order

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Ravens must hit if they stay at No. 4 pick in NFL Draft order

Regardless of where the Ravens pick, they have no excuse to miss in either the first or second round of next year’s draft.

The Ravens (4-9) are currently No. 4 in the draft order behind the Titans (No. 1), the Browns (No. 2), and the Chargers (No. 3). All three of those teams are 3-10.

Facing a difficult schedule over their last three games, the Ravens’ chances of landing a top-five pick are excellent. Let’s say the Ravens stay at No. 4. Let’s take a look at the last 10 players who have been chosen with the No. 4 pick in Round 1 and Round 2 (36th overall):

2015

No. 4 – Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders

Cooper is headed for a 1,000-yard season as a rookie (920 yards), with 109 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens in Week 2.

No. 36 – T. J. Yeldon, RB, Jaguars

Averaging 4.1 yards per carry, Yeldon (740 yards) could also reach 1,000 as a rookie.

2014

No. 4 –Sammy Watkins, WR Bills

Even been nagged by injuries early this season, Watkins still has seven 100-yard receiving games and 13 touchdowns in less than two seasons.

No. 36 – Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

He beat the Ravens in Week 2 with three touchdown passes, and Carr has the same number of touchdown passes this season (28) as Eli Manning, Cam Newton, and Aaron Rodgers.

2013

No. 4 – Lane Johnson, OT, Eagles

Johnson has solidified the Eagles’ right tackle position, starting 41 games.

No. 36 – Darius Slay, CB, Lions

Slay is a solid corner who in recent games has been covering the opponent’s top receiver.

2012

No. 4 – Matt Kalil, OT, Vikings

Kalil has made one Pro Bowl as the Vikings’ starting left tackle.

No. 36, Derek Wolfe, DE, Broncos

A starter for an excellent defense, Wolfe has excelled as a run-stopper and his pass rushing has improved.

2011

No. 4 – A. J. Green, WR, Bengals

One of the NFL’s best receivers, Green’s game-breaking ability has punished the Ravens.

No. 36 – Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers

Lost his starting job this season, but was the 49ers’ starting quarterback in Super Bowl XLVII when they lost to the Ravens.

CONCLUSION:  Clearly, there’s plenty of talent to be had with the No. 4 pick in the draft. So if that’s where the Ravens land, they’ll have some explaining to do if they don’t capitalize.

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Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

We've known the Ravens' 2018 preseason and regular season opponents for some time now, but the NFL finally released their full schedule with exact dates and times.

As they do every year, the Ravens will be seeing the Bengals, Steelers and Browns twice. 

For the ninth consecutive year, Week 16 and 17 will be divisional games with playoff implications.

The Ravens will also be playing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame preseason game against the Chicago Bears in Canton, Ohio, bringing an extra preseason game to their schedule.

In the regular season, the birds will be flocking south to take on the Panthers, Falcons and Titans. They haven't seen the Panthers or Falcons since 2014 - both ending in wins - and came up just short against the Titans in their 23-20 loss last season.

The Ravens will only have to travel to the west coast once when they take on the Los Angeles Chargers, who they last saw in 2015 and earned a 29-26 win.

Not including AFC North rivals, the last time the Ravens saw their remaining five home opponents they came away with wins. Hopefully history will repeat itself.

Prime-time games, which the Ravens have two of, will kick off at earlier times than in the past. Monday Night Football will now start at 8:15 p.m. while Thursday and Sunday Night Football will start at 8:20 p.m.

Ravens 2018 Regular-Season Schedule:

Week 1: Sunday, 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m.

Week 2: Thursday, 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m.

Week 3: Sunday, 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.

Week 4: Sunday, 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.

Week 5: Sunday, 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 6: Sunday 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.

Week 7: Sunday, 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.

Week 8: Sunday 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 9: Sunday 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10:  BYE week

Week 11: Sunday 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: Sunday 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.

Week 13: Sunday 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sunday 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: Saturday 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD

Week 17: Sunday 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.


PRESEASON 

Hall of Fame Game: Thurs., 8/2, vs. Chicago Bears (Canton, OH), 8:00pm (NBC).

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. Los Angeles Rams

Week 2: Mon. 8/20,  at Indianapolis Colts (Monday Night Football, ESPN).

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins*

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30 at Washington Redskins

* - Game date and time not yet determined

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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

With 10 days until the 2018 NFL Draft, quarterback Lamar Jackson is set to visit the Ravens this week, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. 

The former Heisman Trophy winner is a projected first-round pick as he has proven to have success in the air and on the ground. 

While at Louisville, Jackson had 9,043 passing yards and 69 touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns. His NFL draft profile compares him to Michael Vick. 

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The Ravens are in search of Joe Flacco's successor, but spending a first-round pick on a quarterback when there are other glaring needs is up in the air. However, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of drafting a quarterback in the first-round.

At their pre-draft press conference, GM Ozzie Newsome and DeCosta kept reiterating we could be surprised by who they pick at No. 16, if they do at all. 

While Jackson's numbers are impressive, he continues to be considered a late first-round pick as his build isn't up to typical NFL QB standards and scouts are concerned with his accuracy. What he does have in his favor is speed.

While fans are hoping for an offensive weapon, having Jackson learn under Flacco for a year (and maybe RGIII?) could rev up some excitement. 

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