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Ravens have plenty of options with the No. 6 pick

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Ravens have plenty of options with the No. 6 pick

With the sixth pick in the NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens select…

Get ready to hear those words in April. With the regular season over, losing to the Bengals helped the Ravens move up Sunday from No. 8 to the No. 6 spot in next year’s draft. Here’s the 2016 top-10 draft order:

1. Titans

2. Browns

3. Chargers

4. Cowboys

5. Jaguars

6. Ravens

7. 49ers

8. Dolphins

9. Buccaneers

10. Giants

The last time the Ravens picked higher than No. 6 was in 2000, when they took running back Jamal Lewis at No. 5

Lewis is in the Ravens’ Ring of Honor, and the Ravens need to select a Ring of Honor-type player this year. Here are some possibilities for the Ravens at No. 6:

- LAQUON TREADWELL, WR Mississippi

Why he fits: The Ravens can’t afford to bank on wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who didn’t play a snap this season (knee injury), or Steve Smith Sr. coming off Achilles surgery. Kamar Aiken, the Ravens’ most productive receiver this season, is also a free agent.

- JALEN RAMSEY, CB – S, Florida St.

Why he fits: The Ravens gave up too many big plays in the passing game, especially in the first half of the season. Ramsey is considered versatile enough to play outside, in the slot, or safety.

- RONNIE STANLEY, OT, Notre Dame

Why he fits: The Ravens have uncertainly at left tackle, with Kelechi Osemele a free agent and Eugene Monroe coming off two disappointing seasons.

- JOEY BOSA, DE, Ohio St.

Most mock drafts have Bosa gone before the Ravens pick at No. 6. But with Terrell Suggs coming off an Achilles injury, the Ravens need a pass rusher and could pounce on Bosa if he falls.

- VERNON HARGREAVES, CB, Florida

We’ve already talked about the Ravens’ secondary needs, and Hargreaves may be the best shutdown corner in the draft. A corner tandem of Hargreaves  and Jimmy Smith would make the Ravens more capable of matching up with stud AFC North receivers like A. J. Green of the Bengals and Antonio Brown of the Steelers.

- MACKENSIE ALEXANDER, CB Clemson

He’s another option for the Ravens at cornerback. He’s also another reason why Ravens scouts will keep a close eye on the Clemson-Alabama national championship game.

 

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward. 

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