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Will Bosa really be available for Ravens at No. 6?


Will Bosa really be available for Ravens at No. 6?

Joey Bosa’s combine performance next week could impact whether the Ravens have a chance to draft him, or not.

Many believe that Bosa, a top defensive end prospect from Ohio St., will be a top-five pick. That would eliminate Bosa for the Ravens, who hold the No. 6 pick and seem unlikely to trade up.

However, not everyone is sold on Bosa going in the top five. In his latest mock draft, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper has Bosa falling to the Ravens at No. 6.

Some scouts aren’t convinced Bosa will be a dynamic pass rusher in the NFL. Others view Bosa as being more effective in a 4-3 defense, rather than in a 3-4, which the Ravens play.

However, considering the Ravens’ need to improve their pass rush, it’s hard to see them passing on Bosa if he’s available. With versatility and size (6-foot-6, 276 pounds), Bosa has excelled against top college competition. And Bosa has certainly displayed dedication to football. Check out this story from the Sports Illustrated website Campus Rush, detailing how Bosa reacted to a one-game suspension by moving off campus and living a secluded life to avoid more trouble.

If Bosa has a lights-out combine workout, and impresses during interviews, the chance he falls to the Ravens decreases. However, if Bosa doesn’t stand out at the combine, maybe the top of the draft plays out the way Kiper predicts, and Bosa is there for the Ravens.

It’s all part of the pre-draft speculation. But from a Ravens’ perspective, Bosa is one player at the combine to keep an eye on.

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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.


“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.