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Ravens potential draft pick Stanley getting nervous


Ravens potential draft pick Stanley getting nervous

Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley, who could be the Ravens’ choice with the No. 6 pick, admits he will be nervous watching the draft in person from Chicago. Stanley will also be disappointed if he’s not a top-10 pick.

"If I get past 10, I’ll probably be a little anxious,” Stanley said on Pro Football Talk Live. “I’m already pretty anxious. I’ll be thankful wherever I’m picked.”

Stanley had a recent visit with the Ravens at their facility, and they have been linked to him in many mock drafts. However, picking Stanley presents pros and cons for the Ravens.

If Stanley became a premier left tackle, he would provide solid protection for quarterback Joe Flacco’s blindside for perhaps the duration of his career. The Ravens would also no longer be dependent on left tackle Eugene Monroe, who has been injury-plagued the past two seasons.

However, the Ravens have multiple needs on defense, like pass rusher, cornerback, and inside linebacker. Picking Stanley and passing on defensive players like Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, UCLA inside linebacker Myles Jack, or Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa could be a major mistake.

Asked if he had a preference regarding which team would draft him, Stanley said he had a “very, very secret list.”

The Ravens are probably on that list. But if the Ravens pass on Stanley at No. 6, it could be a nervous night for him in Chicago.

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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.


“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.