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Will the Ravens draft defense in both Round 1 & 2?


Will the Ravens draft defense in both Round 1 & 2?

Should the Ravens go defense with their top two picks in the draft?

The idea makes sense. Getting tight end Ben Watson and wide receiver Mike Wallace in free agency has left the Ravens with fewer holes to fill offensively. And if wide receiver Breshad Perriman can stay healthy after missing his entire rookie season, it will give the Ravens another offensive weapon they did not have in 2015.

Expect the Ravens to take an offensive lineman at some point, after losing guard Kelechi Osemele to the Raiders. But even if the Ravens don’t draft a guard, John Urschel and Ryan Jensen have started before, and are ready to compete for the starting job at left guard.

The defense, however, has far more questions. The Ravens need a pass rusher. They need a corner. They could use an inside linebacker.

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That’s why this draft could be defense-heavy for the Ravens, especially at the top of the board. In his latest two-round mock draft, Ben Standig of CSN has the Ravens taking Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner at No. 6, and Boise St. outside linebacker Kamalei Correa in the second round at No. 36.

There is plenty of buzz about the Ravens taking Buckner, especially if Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa and UCLA linebacker Myles Jack are off the board. The Ravens spoke highly of Buckner at their pre-draft luncheon.

“He’s a big, athletic guy who can rush the passer on the inside,” said Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta of Buckner. “We think he can develop as a two-gapper. He’s a young player with tremendous wingspan and growth potential – physical, plays hard.”

Correa had seven sacks last season, and his stock has been trending up since an impressive combine. Getting Correa at No. 36 could be a steal for the Ravens. Some don’t think he will last until the second round, like ESPN’s Mel Kiper, who has Correa going No. 27 to the Packers.

Fifteen NFL teams gave up more than 24 points per game last season. None of them made the playoffs. The Ravens gave up 25.1 points per game, and must lower that number to reach the postseason. That’s why the Ravens may be calling defensive players early and often in this draft.

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver 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 Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on 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 wide receiver 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.