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Three pass rushers Ravens could target in draft

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Three pass rushers Ravens could target in draft

The MVP performance of Broncos linebacker Von Miller during Super Bowl 50 was another reminder that the Ravens need to upgrade their pass rush. Here are three pass rushers the Ravens could target in the draft, depending on how things play out:

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio St. – Some scouts feel Bosa could be the No. 1 pick, so he could be long gone by the time the Ravens pick at No. 6. It’s hard to see the Ravens trading up to get Bosa, because the price would be exorbitant. But if Bosa is still there at No. 6, it might be hard for the Ravens to take anyone else.

Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio St. – Bosa’s teammate had 12 ½ sacks last season, and he’s a superb athlete. If he lingers until late in the first round, or early in the second round, the Ravens might move up to get him. Stopping the run is not Lee’s strength, but quickness is. He could be a situational pass-rusher as a rookie, while being mentored by Ravens veteran linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs.

Noah Spence, OLB Eastern Kentucky – His stock has risen after an outstanding Senior Bowl week. The red flag is that Spence was dismissed from Ohio St. after his sophomore season for failing at least two drug tests. That will require the Ravens and other teams to do more research on Spence, to determine if he is worth the risk. But Spence might already be a first-round pick, and if he could clearly be worth a second-round risk.

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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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