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Could Ravens go running back in the first round?

Could Ravens go running back in the first round?

After bringing in Terrance West and drafting Kenneth Dixon out of Louisiana Tech last year in the fourth round, could the Ravens make a play for one of the premier running backs in the draft in the first round?

CSNMidAtlantic.com's Ben Standig has the Ravens taking RB Dalvin Cook out of Florida State with the 16th pick. Here's what Ben had to say about the pick:

At some point the Ravens must find an edge pass rushing replacement for Terrell Suggs. They also must help Joe Flacco move closer to elite status with a balanced attack offensively. Cook is a playmaking dual threat who averaged 6.1 yards per carry and had 33 receptions in the regular season. 


Make no mistake, Cook is very good and could be a day-one starter for the Ravens. However, is he worth the investment in the first round after using a fourth-round pick on Dixon last year?

Kenneth Dixon was hyped as a fantasy sleeper last summer before injuring his knee in preseason. He managed just six carries in his first three games back from injury before having a breakout game against Cleveland with 80 total yards on 11 touches. He only topped 80 total yards one more time on the season in a timeshare in the Ravens backfield.

Still, Dixon finished with 88 carries for 382 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and 30 receptions for 162 yards (5.4 yards per reception) and three total touchdowns in a part-time role.

Cook, on the other hand, had 3,456 yards on 517 carries (6.7 yards per carry) and 732 yards on 57 receptions for a combined 40 touchdowns in his last two years at Florida State. Somehow those seasons were only good for a 7th-place finish in 2015 and out of the running in 2016 for Heisman voting. 

We still have the combine and pro days to get through, but what do you think of the idea of Dalvin Cook to the Ravens? Do you want the Ravens to target one of the elite running backs if they are available in the first round or look in another direction?

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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.