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Three defensive playmakers Ravens could nab at No. 6

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Three defensive playmakers Ravens could nab at No. 6

The Ravens’ inability to force turnovers last season could sway them to go defense with the No. 6 pick.

The Ravens had just 14 takeaways, the fewest of any team in the NFL except the Cowboys (11) and the 49ers (12). The Ravens’ six interceptions were the fewest in the NFL.

Teams at the top in takeaways often find themselves in the playoffs. In 2015, six of the top eight teams in creating turnovers made the postseason, including the two Super Bowl teams – the Panthers who led the NFL in takeaways (39), and the Broncos (27), who were tied for seventh.

Many NFL mock drafts have the Ravens taking Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the No. 6 pick. However, here are three defensive players who could get the nod over Stanley if they are still on the board at No. 6:

Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida St.

Ramsey is versatile enough to play corner or safety, with excellent ball skills. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com sees Ramsey as a perfect fit for the Ravens.

“When I look at Jalen Ramsey, you watch him, to me, that’s the piece that Baltimore needs because they have not had a playmaker back there in the back end,” Jeremiah said on the “Move The Sticks” podcast. “Jimmy Smith got that money, (and) was a little up and down, a lot more down than up this past season. (Lardarius) Webb, maybe you move him to safety. But Ramsey to me gives you that elite playmaker. I think they would play him at safety and let him really wreck havoc back there.”  

DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Buckner had 11 sacks last season, addressing a Ravens’ need. If they put more pressure on quarterbacks next season, the Ravens will create more turnovers. Buckner could help them do that. He’s 6-foot-7 with the wingspan to bat down passes, and he also plays the run well.

Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

Hargreaves had four picks last season, even though some teams rarely threw in his direction. Even when the Ravens’ corners were in position to make plays last season, they often dropped potential interceptions. Hargreaves could change that.

Conclusion: Drafting Stanley might not be a bad move, especially if the Ravens lose offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele in free agency. However, drafting a defensive playmaker at No. 6 could have more of an immediate impact.

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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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