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Three prospects visit as Ravens brass prepares for No. 6 pick


Three prospects visit as Ravens brass prepares for No. 6 pick

The Ravens are narrowing their target for the No. 6 pick, with the draft just three weeks away. Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa, Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, and UCLA linebacker Myles Jack all visited the Ravens’ headquarters on Wednesday, according to NFL Network.

Those players are all potential candidates for the No. 6 pick, in a list that also includes Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner, and Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley. But while Stanley could be the choice, the Ravens are most likely to draft defense if they don’t trade out of the sixth spot.

“If you’re going to Vegas and bet, there’s probably five or six really elite defensive players where we’re picking and maybe three or four (offensive players),” said Ravens assistant general manager Eric Decosta.

The Ravens talked effusively about Bosa, Hargreaves and Jack at their pre-draft press conference Tuesday.

Bosa’s less-than-stellar 4.86 time in the 40-yard dash at the combine raised some concern, but his pass-rushing ability makes it unlikely he will fall past No. 6. The Ravens need a pass rusher, and also believe Bosa is athletic enough to drop into pass coverage on occasion as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

“He’s certainly a good enough athlete,” said Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz, speaking of Bosa. “He’s long, he’s rangy, he’s got enough speed. So, I think he projects to either spot, 4-3, and/or 3-4 outside backer.”

Jack’s ability as a three-down inside linebacker, playing next to C. J. Mosley, would add playmaking ability and versatility to a Ravens’ defense that had difficulty forcing turnovers and getting off the field on third down last year.

“He’s a great athlete,” DeCosta said of Jack. “He only played a few games this year because of the injury, but he’s a guy that can do a lot of different things. I think athletically, he can cover probably as well as most guys you’ll ever see at the linebacker position. He’s gifted that way. He’s a little bit undersized, (but) he’s a good run defender. He’s an excellent blitzer.”

Hargreaves could be the choice at No. 6 if Bosa and Jack are both gone, or if the Ravens feel they absolutely must have a top corner. With Lardarius Webb moving from corner to safety, the starting corner job opposite Jimmy Smith is wide open. Few scouts question Hargreaves’ athleticism or toughness, and he plays taller than his 5-foot-10 size.

“Yes, he’s a little undersized – everyone wants a 6-foot, 6-1 corner – but, he’s certainly fast enough and his instincts and ball skills make up for his lack of size,” said Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz.

The Ravens like all the players they might choose at No. 6. However, meeting face-to-face with the potential picks will help them decide which one they like best, and how they will set their board.

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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?