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Ravens beware - No. 6 pick doesn't always click

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Ravens beware - No. 6 pick doesn't always click

If the Ravens keep the No. 6 pick, they need to fare better than some teams have done recently picking from that spot.

Here’s a list of the last five players chosen at No. 6:

2015: Leonard Williams, DE, Jets

The story: Williams didn’t get his first sack until December, and wasn’t the force the Jets hoped he would be as a rookie. Too early to call him a mistake, but he needs to improve.

2014: Jake Matthews, LT, Falcons

The story: Matthews bounced back nicely in 2015, after struggling with poor play and injuries as a rookie left tackle. Matthews looks like Atlanta’s starting left tackle for years. Not a bad choice.

2013: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, Browns

The story: He seems to be regressing as player, with five sacks as a rookie, to two sacks in 2014, to zero sacks in 2015. Maybe Mingo responds to a fresh start under new Browns coach Hue Jackson, if they decide to keep Mingo. But right now, Mingo looks like a bust.  

2012: Morris Claiborne, CB, Cowboys

The story: Claiborne hasn’t been the lockdown corner the Cowboys expected when they traded up to get him. No way would the Cowboys pick Claiborne at No. 6 with a do-over, especially since Panthers star linebacker Luke Kuechly went three picks later at No. 9.

2011: Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

The story: Now this is more like it. The Falcons traded up to get Jones and have not regretted it. Jones is a game-changer, with at least 1,500 yards receiving the past two seasons. That’s the kind of impact player the Ravens are looking for.

Conclusion: Recent history suggests the Ravens will be open to trading down, if they don’t think they will get a stud like Jones at No. 6. They have plenty of needs, so trading down and getting an extra pick might be the best play. However, coming off a 5-11 season, whatever the Ravens do with their pick-six, they need to get it right.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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