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Ravens almost traded everything for Matt Ryan in 2008 draft

Ravens almost traded everything for Matt Ryan in 2008 draft

BY TYLER BYRUM

In wake of Matt Ryan's incredible run to the Super Bowl this season, its time to take a look at 'what if' for the Baltimore Ravens. 

Back in 2008 the Ravens organization was willing to trade ALL of their draft picks to trade up to the No. 2 overall pick (was at No. 8) in order to get Ryan. As many know, the trade of the pick from the St. Louis Rams nearly was pulled off but the Rams wanted a little bit more from Baltimore. 

Imagine how different the league would be if the Ravens were able to acquire the Boston College quarterback.

Would the Ravens have made (and won) Super Bowl XLVII?

Could the Ravens had won more titles?

Where would Joe Flacco be in the NFL? Atlanta? Somewhere else?

Who would be in this years Super Bowl?

Oh and that does not even begin to touch on what would have happened it the Rams acquired seven more draft picks. 

Nevertheless, Baltimore ended up drafting a class of 10, including Flacco and Ray Rice, who helped carried the team to the 2013 Super Bowl. 

Parts of this article were inspired by Ian Rapoport's story on NFL.com

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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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