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Ravens seven-round mock 2.0: taking WR in Round 2

Ravens seven-round mock 2.0: taking WR in Round 2

Two weeks ago, I did my first mock draft for the Ravens’ nine picks. Here’s my final Ravens mock draft, before Round 1 gets started Thursday night.

Round 1 (6): Laremy Tunsil, LT, Mississippi

If the Chargers don’t take Tunsil at No. 3, he should get to No. 6 where the Ravens will scoop him up. He’s a safer pick than ILB Myles Jack, who could anywhere from the top five to the late teens due to concern about his knee.

Round 2 (36): Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio St.

The Ravens worked out Thomas in Columbus before the draft, and he might be a steal in this spot. He has good size (6-foot-2, 212 pounds), and while he’s no speedster, Thomas uses his body well and has great hands. The Ravens need playmakers, both for next season and for life after Steve Smith Sr. Adding Thomas to the mix of Smith, Breshad Perriman, Mike Wallace, and Kamar Aiken at wide receiver, along with a deep tight end group, would make quarterback Joe Flacco smile.

Round 3 (70): Cyrus Jones, CB Alabama

I’m sticking with Jones as the pick here. It will be a homecoming for the Baltimore native who went to Gilman High, and the Ravens need to add at least one corner in this draft.

Round 4 (104): B. J. Goodson, ILB, Clemson

Daryl Smith has moved onto the Buccaneers, leaving the Ravens with a void to fill at inside linebacker.  Goodson led Clemson with 108 tackles last season and plays with constant energy. Plus, there’s something catchy about the Ravens having one inside linebacker named B. J., and another named C. J. (Mosley).

Round 4 (130):  Sebastian Tretola, G, Arkansas

Again, I’m sticking with the same pick I had in my last mock. The Ravens need depth at guard after losing Kelechi Osemele in free agency.

Round 4 (132): Ronald Blair, DE-DT, Appalachian St.

The Ravens haven’t attacked their need for a pass rusher.  So they grab Blair, who could be a fourth-round hit. At 6-foot-2, 284 pounds, Blair is an impressive athlete who had 2 ½ sacks against Clemson, showing he can hang when he steps up in competition.  

Round 4 (134): Fahn Cooper, OT, Mississippi

Picking Tunsil’s college teammate adds more depth to the Ravens’ line. Cooper played left tackle in college when Tunsil was injured, so he can play both sides. At worst, he should be a solid NFL backup. At best, he could develop into a starter down the road.

Round 6, (182): Victor Ochi, OLB, Stony Brook

A cool story, Ochi is slated to become the first player ever from Stony Brook to be drafted. Ochi had 33 ½ sacks in college, and that attribute could carry over into the NFL.

Round 6 (209): Cody Kessler, QB, USC

The Ravens take a flier on their last pick, grabbing a quarterback they hope can develop into a solid backup for Flacco in case Ryan Mallett leaves after next season.

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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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