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Would drafting CB Hargreaves be reach or reward?


Would drafting CB Hargreaves be reach or reward?

Would drafting Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves at No. 6 be a reach for the Ravens, or a wise decision?

It’s hard to find a mock draft that has Hargreaves going higher than No. 8. In his latest mock, CSN’s Ben Standig has Hargreaves going No. 9 to the Buccaneers.

However, here are three reasons why Hargreaves could be the Ravens’ best option if he is still on the board at No. 6:

1. Cornerback remains a major need for the Ravens.

Lardarius Webb is moving from corner to safety. Despite re-signing Shareece Wright and keeping Kyle Arrington, the Ravens need more depth at corner. Hargreaves is the kind of talent who could be a nickel back immediately, and push Wright and Arrington for the starting job opposite Jimmy Smith. If the Ravens think Hargreaves is good enough potentially to start next season, why not take him, and grab a young corner that can help them for years?

2. Hargreaves’ ability to force turnovers.

Hargreaves had 10 career interceptions at Florida, and showed superb instincts for anticipating routes. The Ravens had just six interceptions all last season. Hargreaves’ playmaking ability could make him an immediate impact player.

3. If the Ravens keep left tackle Eugene Monroe, drafting an offensive lineman at No. 6 is not a priority.

The Ravens are thinking defense in the first round, and would probably love to get a pass rusher like Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa. However, Bosa, Florida St. defensive back Jalen Ramsey, and UCLA linebacker Myles Jack could all be taken before the Ravens pick. If that happens, drafting Hargreaves seems like a better fit than drafting left tackle Ronnie Stanley from Notre Dame. Coming off a 5-11 season, the Ravens need help them immediately, not just down the road. If the Ravens keep Monroe, they can focus on finding a first-round defensive player who will help them win starting Week 1. Hargreaves could be that guy.

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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.