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Ravens' next game vs Browns will impact draft order


Ravens' next game vs Browns will impact draft order

When the Ravens visit the Browns on Monday Night Football next week, the nation will see two teams that could have the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft.

Neither the Browns (2-8) nor the Ravens (3-7) want to hear that kind of talk. The Ravens’ locker room is still focused on this year, not next year. The latest evidence was Sunday’s come-from-behind 16-13 victory over the Rams, a game the Ravens won by scoring 13 unanswered fourth-quarter points.

However the Ravens still have one of the NFL’s worst records, and both quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Justin Forsett suffered season-ending injuries Sunday.

Here’s the current 2016 top 10 draft order, with the Ravens holding the No. 4 pick. Strength of schedule is the first tie-breaker for teams with the same record:

1. Browns (2-8) .500 strength of schedule

2. Chargers (2-8) .513 SOS

3. Titans (2-8) .510 SOS

4. Ravens (3-7) .494 SOS

5. Lions (3-7), 519 SOS

6. 49ers (3-7), .531 SOS

7. Cowboys (3-7), .544 SOS

8. Dolphins (4-6), .481 SOS

9. Raiders (4-6), .481 SOS

10. Jaguars (4-6), 481 SOS

Among the Ravens’ many needs are pass rusher, cornerback, safety, and playmaking wide receiver. Top prospects that could be available with the No. 4 pick include:

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio St.  – If this pass rusher declares for the draft, he should be a top pick.

Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida – Not the biggest corner (5-foot-11, 199 pounds), but he does well in press coverage takes advantage of opportunities for interceptions.

Jalen Ramsey, S, Florida St. – Has shown the ability to cover ground as a safety, and to defend slot receivers – traits the Ravens need.

The Ravens will continue trying to win without Flacco, Forsett, and their long list of injured players. However, the Ravens –Browns game will be a matchup between teams likely to pick very high in the next draft.  

RELATED: Who will be the Ravens' new backup quarterback? 

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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.


“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.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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.