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Ravens must hit if they stay at No. 4 pick in NFL Draft order

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Ravens must hit if they stay at No. 4 pick in NFL Draft order

Regardless of where the Ravens pick, they have no excuse to miss in either the first or second round of next year’s draft.

The Ravens (4-9) are currently No. 4 in the draft order behind the Titans (No. 1), the Browns (No. 2), and the Chargers (No. 3). All three of those teams are 3-10.

Facing a difficult schedule over their last three games, the Ravens’ chances of landing a top-five pick are excellent. Let’s say the Ravens stay at No. 4. Let’s take a look at the last 10 players who have been chosen with the No. 4 pick in Round 1 and Round 2 (36th overall):

2015

No. 4 – Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders

Cooper is headed for a 1,000-yard season as a rookie (920 yards), with 109 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens in Week 2.

No. 36 – T. J. Yeldon, RB, Jaguars

Averaging 4.1 yards per carry, Yeldon (740 yards) could also reach 1,000 as a rookie.

2014

No. 4 –Sammy Watkins, WR Bills

Even been nagged by injuries early this season, Watkins still has seven 100-yard receiving games and 13 touchdowns in less than two seasons.

No. 36 – Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

He beat the Ravens in Week 2 with three touchdown passes, and Carr has the same number of touchdown passes this season (28) as Eli Manning, Cam Newton, and Aaron Rodgers.

2013

No. 4 – Lane Johnson, OT, Eagles

Johnson has solidified the Eagles’ right tackle position, starting 41 games.

No. 36 – Darius Slay, CB, Lions

Slay is a solid corner who in recent games has been covering the opponent’s top receiver.

2012

No. 4 – Matt Kalil, OT, Vikings

Kalil has made one Pro Bowl as the Vikings’ starting left tackle.

No. 36, Derek Wolfe, DE, Broncos

A starter for an excellent defense, Wolfe has excelled as a run-stopper and his pass rushing has improved.

2011

No. 4 – A. J. Green, WR, Bengals

One of the NFL’s best receivers, Green’s game-breaking ability has punished the Ravens.

No. 36 – Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers

Lost his starting job this season, but was the 49ers’ starting quarterback in Super Bowl XLVII when they lost to the Ravens.

CONCLUSION:  Clearly, there’s plenty of talent to be had with the No. 4 pick in the draft. So if that’s where the Ravens land, they’ll have some explaining to do if they don’t capitalize.

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class locked up.

The team agreed to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hurst's rookie contract - like all first-round picks - is a four-year deal with a team option of a fifth year. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 25th overall pick is due $11.1 million. 

The 24-year old, who was a walk on at South Carolina at 21-years old after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Hurst will be a nice addition to the TE corps with Nick Boyle and third-round draft pick Mark Andrews. 

Fellow first-round pick Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract on June 5th.

Training camp kicks off for the Ravens July 19th. 

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco is their starter. That doesn't mean they're not experimenting with having them both on the field at the same time, however. 

During this week's minicamp, the team has been lining Jackson up at multiple positions. 

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson during Tuesday's minicamp, via ESPN.com.

"If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

While at Louisville, Jackson rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. That's more rushing yards than No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. That unique skill set could be the creative options the Ravens are looking for. 

While at the NFL Combine, however, Jackson refused to workout at any other position than QB. 

"I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they're going to come up with next," Jackson said. "We'll see where it goes. You have to use your good players."

The Ravens are already viewing Jackson as one of those 'good players.' 

"Once he gets out of the pocket, it's like watching a young Michael Vick," LB C.J. Mosley said after minicamp practice. "It's amazing to watch. When you're defending him, you just have to act like you're tagging off -- you don't want to be on the highlight reel."

Harbaugh has alluded to the fact that the rookie will be active on game days, just exactly how they get the most out of him is what's in play.

"There's a lot of considerations that go into that," Harbaugh said of using two QBs at the once. "Everybody has an opinion. I've read a few. You want to find a way to get the most out of all your guys."

While Flacco isn't the fasted QB in the league, he has shown glimpses of running ability in the past. Figuring out how to utilize Flacco when Jackson is under center is where things will get interesting.

Interesting - as long as it works - is what Ravens fans have been searching for over the last several seasons. 

"Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball," Harbaugh said. "It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they've worked hard on that."

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