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Five pass rushers on the Ravens' draft radar


Five pass rushers on the Ravens' draft radar

The Ravens need to find a pass rusher in the upcoming draft. They may look to address that in Round 2, if they don’t get Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa, or Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner in Round 1.

Here are five pass rushers who could be on the Ravens’ Round 2 radar with the 36th overall pick:

Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

Dodd didn’t play much until last season, when he broke out for 12 sacks, including three in the national championship game against Alabama. Some scouts say Dodd looks better than he really is, benefitting from playing opposite Clemson teammate Shaq Lawson. But some think Dodd is a late bloomer who will be better in the NFL than he was in college. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay can see the Ravens taking Dodd in the second round.

Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise St.

Correa is my second-round mock draft choice for the Ravens.

He should be a solid NFL player, and he could help the Ravens immediately as a situational pass rusher to spell Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil.

Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma St.

Ogbah could go anywhere from mid-first round to mid-second. He’s strong enough to play the well run, and Suggs would be a good mentor for Ogbah (6-foot-4, 273 pound) who has a similar build.

Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky

The Ravens recently visited with Spence, who began his college career at Ohio St. before being expelled after admittedly taking ecstasy.  Spence is clearly one of the draft’s most talented edge rushers. If the Ravens aren’t scared away by his past, he may be too good to pass up.

Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan St.

Scouts love his ability to rush quarterbacks but are concerned with two things – his play against the run, and the 11 penalties called against him last season. However, if Calhoun got double-digit sacks, the Ravens’ coaches would be more willing to forgive the penalties.

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR 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 Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders 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 WR 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.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?