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Virginia Tech product one of many corners on Ravens' draft radar

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Virginia Tech product one of many corners on Ravens' draft radar

Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller had a positive medical recheck on his injured right knee, according to a tweet from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Fuller is expected to be ready for training camp if not minicamp, and will remain intriguing for teams like the Ravens, who are looking for cornerback help.

Fuller is among many cornerbacks the Ravens could take at No. 36 (second round). That group also includes Eli Apple of Ohio St., Mackensie Alexander of Clemson, William Jackson III of Houston, Artie Burns of Miami, Cyrus Jones of Alabama, Xavien Howard of Baylor, and Will Redmond of Mississippi St.

With Lardarius Webb moving from cornerback to safety, the starting corner job opposite Jimmy Smith is wide open. Shareece Wright or Kyle Arrington could win the job, but there is room for a rookie to join the rotation as a nickel corner, even if he is not good enough to start.

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Top cornerbacks don’t stay on the draft board long. If the Ravens don’t take Jalen Ramsey of Florida St. or Vernon Hargreaves of Florida in Round 1, there is a strong chance they will take a corner in Round 2.

“I think you’re going to see a run on corners probably between 25 and 40, right in there,” said Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta. “We might see five guys get picked right in that range.”

Fuller is a Baltimore area native who played high school football at Good Counsel, and will be the fourth Fuller brother to reach the NFL. Vincent Fuller played seven seasons as a defensive back for the Lions and Titans; Corey plays wide receiver for the Lions; and Kyle is a cornerback with the Bears.

If Kyle Fuller lands with the Ravens, his family will have a short trip to see him play.

 

  

 

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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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