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Ravens draft question No. 1: Trends to watch?


Ravens draft question No. 1: Trends to watch?

Draft day is finally here. As you watch things unfold tonight, here’s question No. 1 for the Ravens.


The Ravens have need for a wide receiver, a cornerback, a pass rusher, and a tight end. Here are five things for Ravens fans to watch.

* An early run on cornerbacks could hurt the Ravens.

I believe Washington cornerback Marcus Peters is the Ravens’ most likely choice with the 26th pick. The Ravens covet a cornerback, but so do many teams. What if Peters, Trae Waynes of Michigan St., Kevin Johnson of Wake Forest, Jalen Collins of LSU, and Byron Jones of Connecticut are all gone before the Ravens pick at No. 26? If that happens, I don’t think the Ravens will take a corner at No. 26, and they may have trouble getting a good one later.

* Does running back Melvin Gordon tumble out of the top 20?

I don’t think Gordon falls that far, but this draft gets more interesting for the Ravens if he does. Gordon is a physical runner who smells the end zone, but he can also bounce outside effectively. Justin Forsett and Gordon could be a dynamic one-two punch, but taking Gordon wouldn’t address the Ravens’ need for a corner or a wide receiver.

* Which wide receivers are still available after the 15th pick?

Amari Cooper of Alabama, Kevin White of West Virginia, and Devante Parker of Louisville should be gone before the 15th pick. But that still leaves other top wide receivers like Phillip Dorsett of Miami (Fla.), Breshad Perriman of Central Florida, Jaelen Strong of Arizona St., Devin Smith of Ohio St, and Nelson Agholor of USC?

Which ones will be left at No. 26? And which one do the Ravens view as the best fit?

* Are either Shane Ray or Randy Gregory worth the risk if available?

Both could help the Ravens, and owner Steve Bisciotti says the team needs a pass rusher. However, Ray and Gregory have both had off-the-field issues. Should the Ravens pass on both, or take a chance on either?

*  Will enough good players fall to make general manager Ozzie Newsome trade down?

It could happen. The Ravens already have 10 picks, but this is a deep and the Ravens like extra picks. If some of the top players on the Ravens’ draft board fall, Newsome may deal back.

Get ready for an interesting night.

[RELATED: Who will Ravens take in first round?]

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Wawa chooses the Ravens as new partners, much to the chagrin of Philly fans

Wawa chooses the Ravens as new partners, much to the chagrin of Philly fans

The world's best convenience store/gas station/sandwich shop has partnered with the Baltimore Ravens. 

Yes, Wawa is now the “official hoagie” of the Ravens. 

It's the partnership that Ravens' fans didn't even know they needed. If there is a lottery, the Ravens just won.

As Wawa celebrates its 50th year in Maryland, there will be several promotions that fans will be able to partake in. Opportunities to win tickets to games, co-branded merchandise, and unique experiences are just a handful of benefits Ravens fans can now take advantage of. You'll also see a lot more of Wawa at M&T Bank Stadium.

Choosing Wawa over Royal Farms (and that other store Sheetz) is clearly a top-tier partnership between two of the biggest brands in the Baltimore Metro area. And there is no doubt that there could not be a more perfect partnership between an NFL franchise and a convenience shop. 

"Wawa is thrilled to partner with the Ravens to make deeper connections with some of the best fans in football and reach communities all over the city of Baltimore and beyond,” Adam Schall, the senior director of store operations for Maryland said in a press release.

Our friends over in Philadelphia are not enthused:

But it is simple: the better store went with the better team. 


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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

With training camp just six days away, here is the latest news surrounding the Baltimore Ravens.

1. Ian Rapoport reported that the Ravens have placed Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson and two others on the reserve/NFI list. He later added that Brown is still recovering from Lisfranc surgery but is "progressing well" and Ferguson is dealing with a "minor hamstring" injury.

2. The entire Baltimore Ravens class is officially under contract after the signing of wide receiver Miles Boykin. Boykin was a third-round pick out of Notre Dame.

3. Michael Vick joined The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Friday morning and when asked which young quarterbacks in the NFL most emulate his style, he answered: "Lamar Jackson" along with Kyler Murray and Cam Newton.

Looking Ahead:

July 24: Ravens training camp begins. Rookies are set to report a week earlier on Wednesday, July 17. 

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.