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Three things to know about Ravens sixth-round pick Maurice Canady

Three things to know about Ravens sixth-round pick Maurice Canady

This week, I will profile the Ravens’ 11 draft picks with three things you need to know about them. First up is their final pick, cornerback Maurice Canady from Virginia, who went in Round 6 (209).

Three things about Canady:

1. University of Virginia alumni should be particularly proud of himself.

Canady was the only Virginia player drafted this year, and he extended the school’s streak to 33 straight years of having at least one player selected. He continues the Ravens’ recent connection with Virginia players. Left tackle Eugene Monroe, defensive end Brent Urban, and former defensive end Chris Canty all attended Virginia. Canady is a Richmond, Virginia native, so he’s thrilled to stay on the East coast.

2.  Special teams could be Canady’s ticket to making the team.

The Ravens are looking for game-changing punt returners, and Canady returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown last season.

3. At 6-foot-1, Canady has the height and wingspan NFL teams prefer for cornerbacks.

Canady needs to work on his ball skills – he did not have an interception last season. However, his height is a plus matching up against bigger receivers. Canady had a strong week at the Senior Bowl against elite competition. If he stands out the same way during minicamps and training camp, Canady can carve out a place with the Ravens.

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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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