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Prediction: Ravens' most likely choice at No. 6

Prediction: Ravens' most likely choice at No. 6

What will the Ravens do with the No. 6 pick in the draft?

We will finally find out Thursday night, after speculating for months. I don’t expect them to trade the pick. So here’s my draft eve prediction on the five players most likely to taken by the Ravens at No. 6:

The favorite: Laremy Tunsil, LT, Mississippi

A week ago, I thought UCLA LB Myles Jack would be the Ravens’ choice. But there is concern about Jack’s knee, so why risk taking him when so many good players are available? There is a chance Tunsil could go No. 3 to the Chargers. But if he gets past that spot, Tunsil should still be there at No. 6. Getting a strong left tackle to protect quarterback Joe Flacco’s blindside during his prime years is a good way to start this draft.

Next best guess: Ronnie Stanley, LT, Notre Dame

Yes, if the Ravens don’t take Tunsil, I think they’ll still take a left tackle. Remember, general manager Ozzie Newsome’s first draft choice in Ravens history was Hall of Fame left tackle Jonathan Ogden, and that worked out pretty darn well. No matter what else the Ravens do over the next five years, they can’t win big if they can’t protect Flacco. Some scouts think Stanley will be better and more durable than Tunsil. Either way, the Ravens look to upgrade over current left tackle Eugene Monroe, who becomes expendable if the Ravens take Tunsil or Stanley.

Third most likely: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio St.

I think Bosa will already be off the board, either to the Cowboys at No. 4, or the Jaguars at No. 5. But the Ravens need a pass rusher. Owner Steve Bisciotti wants a pass rusher. If Bosa is there, getting someone who has the potential to be a 10-sack guy makes sense, especially with linebacker Terrell Suggs coming off Achilles surgery.

Fourth most likely: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

He would make the Ravens’ defensive line even younger and more athletic, joining Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan. To become a more dominant defense, the Ravens need to win more battles up front. Buckner would help accomplish that.

Fifth most likely: Myles Jack, inside linebacker, UCLA

The question with Jack is reportedly not his short-term health, but whether his knee will hold up over the next six to eight years. Nobody doubts that Jack is a terrific talent. If he tumbles in this draft and stays healthy, many teams that passed on him will regret it. Jack and C. J. Mosley could make a terrific inside linebacker combo for the Ravens, who still might think Jack is worth the risk.

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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.

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“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.

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