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Three burning draft questions that remain for Ravens

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Three burning draft questions that remain for Ravens

As the draft rapidly approaches, here are three burning questions that remain for the Ravens:

1.  How have the Ravens ranked the top players?

If the Ravens had a choice between Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner or UCLA inside linebacker Myles Jack, which one should they choose? Would they take Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa over Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil? Holding the No. 6 pick, the Ravens have an excellent chance to see a top player fall to them at a position of need. But the top of the draft remains unpredictable. The Ravens may have a tough call to make at No. 6 among some very talented players.

2.  Is Ohio St. running back Ezekiel Elliott a real possibility for the Ravens, or not?

Some draft experts like, Mel Kiper of ESPN, have linked Elliott to the Ravens at No. 6, despite the Ravens having depth at the running back position. Picking Elliott at No. 6 is a luxury the Ravens can’t afford coming off a 5-11 season, unless Elliott becomes a special NFL back. But what if Elliott does become a special back? If the Ravens view Elliott that way, would they be bold enough to pick him, and deal with the criticism?

3.  How long will the Ravens wait to draft a corner? 

One would expect the Ravens to use at least one of their nine draft picks on a cornerback. However, if the Ravens don’t draft a corner in Round 1, will they commit to a corner in Round 2? If they wait too long, all the cornerbacks the Ravens covet may be off the board.

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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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