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Ravens mock draft: how their nine picks could go

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Ravens mock draft: how their nine picks could go

With the draft rapidly approaching, it’s time for a Ravens’ seven-round mock draft.  Here’s my best guess at how the Ravens’ nine draft picks will play out:

Round 1 (6): ILB Myles Jack, UCLA

I think quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will go one-two regardless of who goes first. I also see Joey Bosa, Jalen Ramsey, and Laremy Tunsil all being gone when the Ravens pick at No. 6. However, that still leaves the Ravens getting an impact defensive player. With Jack and C. J. Mosley, the Ravens will be set an inside linebacker for years to come. Jack’s ability to cover, blitz, and pursue ball carriers will make the Ravens’ defense faster and more versatile.

Round 2 (36): OLB Kamalei Correa, Boise St.

The Ravens will be tempted to take a cornerback here, but Correa had 18 sacks over his last two seasons. Correa fits immediately as a young pass rusher to help Elvis Dumervil, Terrell Suggs, and Za’Darius Smith.

Round 3 (70): CB Cyrus Jones, Alabama

It would shock no one to see general manager Ozzie Newsome grab an Alabama player. Jones grew up in Baltimore as a Ravens fan and went to Gilman High. He wants to come home, and can help the Ravens as a nickel corner and on special teams as a returner. Jones had seven interceptions during his career and returned four punts for touchdowns.

Round 4 (104): DE Charles Tapper, Oklahoma

The run on defensive players continues. Tapper only weighs 271 pounds, but his initial impact would be as a situational pass-rusher. Tapper turned heads at the combine running 4.59 in the 40-yard dash.

Round 4 (130): G Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas

Tretola was a solid run blocker in college, and would provide offensive line depth after the Ravens lost Kelechi Osemele to the Raiders during free agency.

Round 4 (132): WR Aaron Burbridge, Michigan St.

Burbridge is not a speed guy, but at six feet, 206 pounds, he led the Big Ten with 85 catches last season and showed toughness catching the ball in traffic. Steve Smith Sr. would be a terrific mentor for Burbridge, who could develop into a reliable target for Joe Flacco.

Round 4 (134): OT Caleb Benenoch, UCLA

The Ravens take one of Jack’s former UCLA teammates. Benenoch is an ex-soccer player with good feet, and could develop quickly working with Ravens offensive line coach Juan Castillo.

Round 6 (182): S Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee St.

The Ravens could use a ball hawk in the secondary and Byard had 19 career interceptions.

Round 6 (209) WR Bralon Addison, Oregon

Addison is small (5-foot-9) but quick. Ravens slot receiver Michael Campanaro has had trouble staying healthy, and Addison would provide competition with similar skills.

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Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

We've known the Ravens' 2018 preseason and regular season opponents for some time now, but the NFL finally released their full schedule with exact dates and times.

As they do every year, the Ravens will be seeing the Bengals, Steelers and Browns twice. 

For the ninth consecutive year, Week 16 and 17 will be divisional games with playoff implications.

The Ravens will also be playing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame preseason game against the Chicago Bears in Canton, Ohio, bringing an extra preseason game to their schedule.

In the regular season, the birds will be flocking south to take on the Panthers, Falcons and Titans. They haven't seen the Panthers or Falcons since 2014 - both ending in wins - and came up just short against the Titans in their 23-20 loss last season.

The Ravens will only have to travel to the west coast once when they take on the Los Angeles Chargers, who they last saw in 2015 and earned a 29-26 win.

Not including AFC North rivals, the last time the Ravens saw their remaining five home opponents they came away with wins. Hopefully history will repeat itself.

Prime-time games, which the Ravens have two of, will kick off at earlier times than in the past. Monday Night Football will now start at 8:15 p.m. while Thursday and Sunday Night Football will start at 8:20 p.m.

Ravens 2018 Regular-Season Schedule:

Week 1: Sunday, 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m.

Week 2: Thursday, 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m.

Week 3: Sunday, 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.

Week 4: Sunday, 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.

Week 5: Sunday, 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 6: Sunday 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.

Week 7: Sunday, 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.

Week 8: Sunday 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 9: Sunday 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10:  BYE week

Week 11: Sunday 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: Sunday 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.

Week 13: Sunday 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sunday 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: Saturday 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD

Week 17: Sunday 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.


PRESEASON 

Hall of Fame Game: Thurs., 8/2, vs. Chicago Bears (Canton, OH), 8:00pm (NBC).

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. Los Angeles Rams

Week 2: Mon. 8/20,  at Indianapolis Colts (Monday Night Football, ESPN).

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins*

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30 at Washington Redskins

* - Game date and time not yet determined

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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

With 10 days until the 2018 NFL Draft, quarterback Lamar Jackson is set to visit the Ravens this week, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. 

The former Heisman Trophy winner is a projected first-round pick as he has proven to have success in the air and on the ground. 

While at Louisville, Jackson had 9,043 passing yards and 69 touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns. His NFL draft profile compares him to Michael Vick. 

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The Ravens are in search of Joe Flacco's successor, but spending a first-round pick on a quarterback when there are other glaring needs is up in the air. However, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of drafting a quarterback in the first-round.

At their pre-draft press conference, GM Ozzie Newsome and DeCosta kept reiterating we could be surprised by who they pick at No. 16, if they do at all. 

While Jackson's numbers are impressive, he continues to be considered a late first-round pick as his build isn't up to typical NFL QB standards and scouts are concerned with his accuracy. What he does have in his favor is speed.

While fans are hoping for an offensive weapon, having Jackson learn under Flacco for a year (and maybe RGIII?) could rev up some excitement. 

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