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Will Harbaugh connection make Charlton, Peppers more enticing for Ravens?

Will Harbaugh connection make Charlton, Peppers more enticing for Ravens?

Will Taco Charlton or Jabrill Peppers soon play for John Harbaugh after playing for Jim Harbaugh?

Charlton and Peppers are both draft prospects from Michigan, who play positions where the Ravens need help.

Charlton is an edge-rusher with size, who amassed 10 sacks during his last 10 games at Michigan. Veteran pass rusher Elvis Dumervil is a possible salary cap casualty with the Ravens, and Terrell Suggs will turn 35 years old in October.

It’s not a reach to picture the Ravens drafting Charlton if he’s still on the board at No. 16.

In fact, that’s exactly what Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has the Ravens doing in his latest mock draft– taking Charlton at No. 16.

CSN's Ben Standig has the Ravens taking Florida State running back Dalvin Cook at No. 16, with Charlton going No. 22 to the Dolphins and Pepper to the Chiefs at No. 27.


Peppers is a versatile safety who is also an elite punt returner. The Ravens are looking to get younger in the secondary. Eric Weddle is coming off an excellent season at safety, but do the Ravens want to go another season with 31-year-old Lardarius Webb as the starter next to Weddle?

The knock on Peppers is that he doesn’t create enough turnovers, with one career interception at Michigan. Some scouts no longer view Peppers as a first-round pick. And the Ravens can’t afford another draft mistake at safety, after regrettably using a first-round pick (2013) on Matt Elam, and a third-round pick (2014) on Terrance Brooks.

However, nobody disputes that Peppers is a dangerous returner, and perhaps the most versatile prospect in the draft.  Peppers played safety, linebacker, and wide receiver among other positions at Michigan, and Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees loves versatile players, just as special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg loves game-breaking returners.

Didn’t the Ravens just spend a season hoping that Devin Hester had plenty left as a returner, when he clearly did not? Plugging Peppers into the Ravens’ special teams unit would give them a playmaking dimension they lacked in 2016. If Peppers slides into the second day of the draft, he could become a steal if plugged into the right system.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh can pick up the phone and call his brother to get the inside intel on both Peppers and Charlton. By the draft, the Ravens will know as much about Peppers and Charlton as anyone on the board. Who knows? Maybe Charlton and Peppers are not done playing for a coach named Harbaugh.

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.