The 49ers’ need for a quarterback gives the Ravens more trade leverage with the No. 6 pick in the draft.
The Ravens are picking one spot ahead of the 49ers (No. 7), and San Francisco appears on the verge of trading quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the Broncos.
With Kaepernick expected to be a Bronco before the draft, the 49ers are even more likely to eye a quarterback with the 7th pick, perhaps Jared Goff of Cal, or Carson Wentz of North Dakota St. if he is still on the board.
So if you’re a team interested in Goff or Wentz like the Eagles (No. 8 pick), the Rams (No. 15), or the Jets (No. 20), you may want to call the Ravens to get the No. 6 pick, to jump ahead of the 49ers at No. 7.
Asked about the Ravens’ willingness to trade down with the No. 6 pick at the combine, general manager Ozzie Newsome said, “You have to ask those teams that are looking for quarterbacks. I feel real good about the two we’ve got – Joe (Flacco) and Ryan Mallett. You’d have to ask those teams. I’m at No. 6, so they can always call me.”
If they call, Newsome will answer the phone. While the Ravens believe they can get an impact player at No. 6, they also have multiple holes to fill. Trading down and acquiring more picks could result in getting more players that will help the Ravens next season, and beyond.
As they say, it’s always good to have options. If a team seeking a quarterback wants to trade up to No. 6, the Ravens are willing to listen.
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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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