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Who are most overrated, underrated Ravens?

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Who are most overrated, underrated Ravens?

Who are the Ravens most overrated and most underrated players?

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco has an idea.

Prisco writes that, "It's much harder to find overrated players than it was 10 years ago." The salary cap, in particular, he writes, makes it "so much tougher for veterans to hang on when it's a lot cheaper to keep a kid."

So it seems cost is a big part of Prisco's equation, and that plays into his assessment that the Ravens most overrated player is ... left tackle Eugene Monroe.

"He has a big contract, but he didn't play to it last season and he missed time with injuries the past two seasons," Prisco writes. "He played 11 games last season and the Ravens got by without him, which isn't a good sign."

Recall that the Ravens, after trading two mid-round draft picks to Jacksonville to get Monroe during the 2013 season, re-signed him to a five-year, $37.5 million deal before the 2014 season. He has a cap figure of $7.7 million this year.

Monroe was sidelined by a knee injury for four midseason games, then returned to action but then missed two games last in the season with an ankle injury. Undrafted rookie James Hurst filled in.

Monroe sat out the voluntary OTAs, but he took part in the mandatory minicamp and is expected to again anchor the left side of the line.

As for the Ravens' most underrated player?

According to Prisco, it's nose tackle Brandon Williams.

"He has developed into a quality player in the middle of their defense," Prisco writes. "He makes it tough to run on the Ravens inside. Now entering his third season, he should be even better."

And Williams' role will grow more significant with Haloti Ngata now gone to the Lions.

So what do you think? Do you agree with Prisco? Who do you think are the Ravens' most overrated and most underrated players? Answer in the comments below.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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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