The MVP performance of Broncos linebacker Von Miller during Super Bowl 50 was another reminder that the Ravens need to upgrade their pass rush. Here are three pass rushers the Ravens could target in the draft, depending on how things play out:
Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio St. – Some scouts feel Bosa could be the No. 1 pick, so he could be long gone by the time the Ravens pick at No. 6. It’s hard to see the Ravens trading up to get Bosa, because the price would be exorbitant. But if Bosa is still there at No. 6, it might be hard for the Ravens to take anyone else.
Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio St. – Bosa’s teammate had 12 ½ sacks last season, and he’s a superb athlete. If he lingers until late in the first round, or early in the second round, the Ravens might move up to get him. Stopping the run is not Lee’s strength, but quickness is. He could be a situational pass-rusher as a rookie, while being mentored by Ravens veteran linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs.
Noah Spence, OLB Eastern Kentucky – His stock has risen after an outstanding Senior Bowl week. The red flag is that Spence was dismissed from Ohio St. after his sophomore season for failing at least two drug tests. That will require the Ravens and other teams to do more research on Spence, to determine if he is worth the risk. But Spence might already be a first-round pick, and if he could clearly be worth a second-round risk.
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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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