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Ravens possible Day 2 targets


Ravens possible Day 2 targets

By drafting Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman, the Ravens attacked their need for a playmaking wide receiver.

Heading into Rounds 2 and 3 Friday evening, the Ravens are still looking for a cornerback, a tight end, a pass rusher and a backup running back.

Holding one pick in Round 2 (58thoverall), and one pick in Round 3 (90th overall) here are some names the Ravens could target on Friday.


Jalen Collins LSU

We know the Ravens are looking for help at this position, and Collins may be the best corner left on the board. Collins played against elite college competition and has the size to match up with big receivers.

Eric Rowe, Utah

If Collins were gone, Rowe would be a good Plan B. At some point, the Ravens must address their lack of quality depth at this position.

P. J. Williams, Florida St.

The Ravens drafted two Florida St. players in last year’s draft – defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and safety Terrence Brooks. Why not continue the trend?


Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska

Why he fits: One of the best pass rushers in the country, Gregory would already be off the board if not for off-the-field issues, like failing a drug test at the combine. But the Ravens need a pass rusher after losing Pernell McPhee to the Bears during free agency. With nine picks still left, the Ravens also have the ammunition to trade up to get Gregory if they want.

Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia

Why he fits: Maybe not as talented as Gregory, but he is a safer pick. If Harold joined the Ravens, veteran pass rushers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs could serve as teachers to help accelerate Harold’s learning curve.


Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

Owen Daniels left the Ravens for Denver, and Dennis Pitta’s future remains uncertain. Williams is considered the best tight end in the draft, and he is another prospect the Ravens could trade up to get.


Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

He has the speed to be a home-run threat, and starter Justin Forsett would be a willing mentor.

Tevin Coleman, Indiana

He averaged 7.5 yards per carry last season. Another speed back who the Ravens have their eye on.

RELATED: [Five reasons to like Ravens draft pick Breshad Perriman]

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers WR Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?