Carl Davis could only watch as name after name was called before his in the draft. When the Ravens finally picked the Iowa defensive tackle at No. 90 overall, Davis was equal parts relieved, ecstatic, angry and motivated. Now he is out to prove that the Ravens made the right call and to answer critics who have questioned his effort.
After Davis excelled during an outstanding Senior Bowl week, some draft experts thought Davis had vaulted into the late first round. But then Davis not only lasted through the first round, but also through the second round and almost to the end of the third round.
"His Iowa tape didn't match up to his Senior Bowl tape," draft analyst Mike Mayock said after Davis was selected, echoing others who saw inconsistent effort from Davis at times.
"I definitely worked my tail off," Davis said as he met the media on Friday during the Ravens rookie minicamp. "Whatever they feel is how they feel, and it’s my job to prove otherwise. I can’t worry about the past or whatever happened at Iowa. That’s done. I have a new opportunity. I’m here to wear a Ravens uniform and try to show them that I can do everything they want me to do.”
At 6-5 and 320 pounds, Davis figures to be part of the equation as the Ravens seek to replace Pro Bowl defensive lineman Haloti Ngata. Davis could spell either Brandon Williams or Timmy Jernigan, and he said that in the minicamp he saw action at both defensive interior spots.
And it surely won't bother the Ravens to have a highly motivated rookie who feels he has something to prove.
"It’s basically my job to make every other team regret not taking me earlier," Davis said after the draft, "and just make myself the best player so I can get in there and dominate and show everybody what I’ve got."
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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