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Ravens possible Day 2 targets

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Ravens possible Day 2 targets

By drafting Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman, the Ravens attacked their need for a playmaking wide receiver.

Heading into Rounds 2 and 3 Friday evening, the Ravens are still looking for a cornerback, a tight end, a pass rusher and a backup running back.

Holding one pick in Round 2 (58thoverall), and one pick in Round 3 (90th overall) here are some names the Ravens could target on Friday.

CORNERBACK:

Jalen Collins LSU

We know the Ravens are looking for help at this position, and Collins may be the best corner left on the board. Collins played against elite college competition and has the size to match up with big receivers.

Eric Rowe, Utah

If Collins were gone, Rowe would be a good Plan B. At some point, the Ravens must address their lack of quality depth at this position.

P. J. Williams, Florida St.

The Ravens drafted two Florida St. players in last year’s draft – defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and safety Terrence Brooks. Why not continue the trend?

PASS RUSHER

Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska

Why he fits: One of the best pass rushers in the country, Gregory would already be off the board if not for off-the-field issues, like failing a drug test at the combine. But the Ravens need a pass rusher after losing Pernell McPhee to the Bears during free agency. With nine picks still left, the Ravens also have the ammunition to trade up to get Gregory if they want.

Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia

Why he fits: Maybe not as talented as Gregory, but he is a safer pick. If Harold joined the Ravens, veteran pass rushers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs could serve as teachers to help accelerate Harold’s learning curve.

TIGHT END

Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

Owen Daniels left the Ravens for Denver, and Dennis Pitta’s future remains uncertain. Williams is considered the best tight end in the draft, and he is another prospect the Ravens could trade up to get.

RUNNING BACK

Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

He has the speed to be a home-run threat, and starter Justin Forsett would be a willing mentor.

Tevin Coleman, Indiana

He averaged 7.5 yards per carry last season. Another speed back who the Ravens have their eye on.

RELATED: [Five reasons to like Ravens draft pick Breshad Perriman]

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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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