Tray Walker, the only cornerback the Ravens drafted this year, could find a situational role as a rookie if he continues to develop. A fourth-round pick from Texas Southern, Walker has already impressed coach John Harbaugh during the early stages of OTA’s.
“Tray has done well,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “(We’re) really excited about Tray. He’s a guy that we had targeted. We really hoped to get him in the draft. He’s a guy that we wanted to get in the mid rounds. We were looking to try and draft him, and we were able to do it. We know for a fact that he would have been gone with our next pick in the fifth round. He was going to be taken early in the fifth round, so we got him right in the right spot – great kudos to (assistant general manager) Eric (DeCosta) and (general manager) Ozzie (Newsome) for getting that done – and we’re pleased to have him. He looks very good out here.”
At 6-foot-2, Walker has the size, wingspan, and range that many teams look for in cornerbacks. The leap from Texas Southern to the NFL is a big one. However, the Ravens already have one small school cornerback starting for them in Lardarius Webb, a product of Nicholls St.
The Ravens are determined they will not lack quality depth at cornerback if they are hit by injuries again. So in addition to drafting Walker, the Ravens also signed veterans Kyle Arrington and Cassius Vaughn.
Arrington has the inside track to be the nickel cornerback alongside starters Jimmy Smith and Webb. However, injuries could quickly thrust other players into action, similar to last season. In a crowded cornerback competition, Walker is already getting noticed.
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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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