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Prediction: Three things Ravens won't do in draft


Prediction: Three things Ravens won't do in draft

Predicting what will happen in the NFL draft can be difficult. Predicting what won’t happen can be a little easier.

Here are three things I say the Ravens WON’T do in the upcoming draft:

The Ravens WON’T trade up in the first round.

There’s no incentive for the Ravens to trade up from No. 6. They can sit at that spot and get a quality player, no matter what happens with the first five picks. If the Ravens trade their first round pick, they’ll be trading down. But whether it’s Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa, Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley, Ohio St. running back Ezekiel Elliott, or UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, the Ravens can get quality by staying put at No. 6.

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The Ravens WON’T draft Florida St. defensive back Jalen Ramsey.

The Ravens would love to get Ramsey, perhaps the draft’s most talented player who can play safety and corner. But I see no scenario where he falls to six. Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta disagrees, and won’t rule out Ramsey as a possibility.

“Well, we never thought Terrell Suggs would be there at No. 10,” said DeCosta, referring to the long-time linebacker the Ravens drafted in 2003. “So we’ll prepare for everything that happens.”

But I can’t see Ramsey falling to No. 6, unless two or three general managers decide to take a nap during Round 1. The Titans could even take Ramsey at No. 1. The Chargers could take him No. 3. The Cowboys could take him at No. 4. And the Jaguars could take him No. 5. If Ramsey gets past all those teams, I think Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome would speed-dial Ramsey

The Ravens WON’T go the entire draft without taking a cornerback.

This draft is deep at cornerback, the Ravens have a need, and they have seven picks in the first four rounds.

“I think you’re going to see a run on corners, probably between 20 and 45, right in there,” said DeCosta said.

Cornerbacks who could be available for the Ravens at No. 36 (second round) include Eli Apple of Ohio St., Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech, Xavien Howard of Baylor, William Jackson of Houston, Cyrus Jones of Alabama, and Will Redmond of Mississippi St.

At some point, a cornerback should be headed to Baltimore.

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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?