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Will a third QB go in the top 10?


Will a third QB go in the top 10?

It's good to be an NFL quarterback prospect these days.

Quarterback mania seems to be in full force as this year's NFL draft looms next week, and now Memphis's Paxton Lynch is getting in on the fun.

Some huge wheeling and dealing has virtually guaranteed that quarterbacks go No. 1 and No. 2 overall in this year's draft -- it's just a matter of whether the Los Angeles Rams want Cal's Jared Goff or North Dakota State's Carson Wentz; the Philadelphia Eagles will get the other with the second overall pick.

And don't look now, but here comes Lynch, thought to be one of the fastest risers on the board this week. Many pundits now think Lynch could vault all the way into the top 10 as quarterback-needy teams scramble -- or is panic the right word? -- for the third-best arm on the board.

That could affect the Ravens, who are sitting at pick No. 6.

The Ravens would love to see a scenario in which three quarterbacks went in the top six overall. That would allow them to move back, get an extra pick or two and still end up with an elite defender.

But taking Lynch in the top 10 would be "a reach," ESPN draft expert Todd McShay said on a conference call. McShay said he sees "a big dropoff" from the top two quarterbacks to Lynch. (Incidentally, in discussing first-round reaches at quarterback, McShay mentioned Kyle Boller, whom the Ravens traded up to grab at No. 19 overall in 2003.)

ESPN's Mel Kiper calls Lynch "tremendously gifted," but still projects him as a late first-round or second-round pick.

" He's got size, he's got arm strength, he's got athletic ability, mobility, all that," Kiper said on a podcast. "He won at Memphis, he took that team to a different level. But he's raw, he's never commanded a huddle, he's never been under center. He's never dealt with playing against elite competition and when he did late in the year, he struggled mightily, particularly in their bowl game against Auburn." 

Lynch was 16-for-37 for 106 yards with one interception against Auburn in a 31-10 loss.

Still, he's a 6-foot-6, 248-pound quarterback, and teams desperate for quarterback help might be afraid they will lose out if they wait for their turn on the clock.

You can bet that if Ozzie Newsome's phone rings, he'll answer it.

MORE RAVENS: Five pass rushers on the Ravens' draft radar

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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.