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Three fresh takes on the Ravens' draft outlook

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Three fresh takes on the Ravens' draft outlook

Here are three fresh takes on the Ravens’ draft outlook, in the aftermath of the Eagles-Browns trade that gave the Eagles the No. 2 pick and moved the Browns down to No. 8:

The Ravens’ pick at No. 6 has become even more unpredictable.

It could be Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa. It could be Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner. It could be Ohio St. running back Ezekiel Elliott. It could be UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. It could be Florida St. defensive back Jalen Ramsey. It could be Ohio St. running back Ezekiel Elliott. It could be Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil.

After the first two picks, which will be quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, this draft could go many different directions, starting with the Chargers at No. 3, who seem likely to take either Tunsil to protect quarterback Philip Rivers, or Ramsey to improve a secondary that lost Eric Weddle to the Ravens in free agency. Whatever the Chargers do will start a domino effect that will impact the Ravens. It should be fun to watch.

Trading down is still in play for the Ravens.

This draft is deep at the top. There are still teams looking to move up, and the Ravens remain in an enviable spot at No. 6. Don’t rule out a trade that moves the Ravens down, but allows them to acquire extra picks.

Two AFC North teams, the Ravens and Browns, hold serious ammunition in this draft.

The Browns now have 12 overall picks, tied with the 49ers for most in the NFL. The Ravens have seven picks in the first four rounds, including four fourth-round picks. There is no excuse for the Ravens and Browns not to improve. If that happens, the AFC North should be one of the NFL’s best. The Bengals and Steelers made the playoffs last season, and should not fall off the map. The Ravens figure to have better luck with injuries in 2016, and should have more talent, giving them a chance for a bounce-back season. Unless the Browns butcher this draft, they should be more competitive than last year, especially if Robert Griffin III clicks as their starting quarterback. Cleveland is still in position at No. 8 to get an immediate impact player who could fall to them like Jack or Elliott.

The Ravens and Browns are two of the most compelling teams to watch as this draft unfolds.

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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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