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On the clock: Five questions Ravens fans should ask before the NFL Draft

On the clock: Five questions Ravens fans should ask before the NFL Draft

With the sixth pick in the NFL draft, the Ravens select?

The day has finally come to answer that question. As you get ready for tonight’s draft, here are five things Ravens fans should be asking:

1: What will the Chargers do at No. 3?

That’s when the suspense begins, because we know quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will be the first two players selected. The Chargers could go at least four different ways - Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil, Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley, Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner, or Florida defensive back Jalen Ramsey. All of those players are on the Ravens’ radar, and the Chargers’ decision starts the domino effect that will trickle down to No. 6.

2. Will the Ravens trade down, and if so, how far?

The odds are against the Ravens trading down, but it could happen. The No. 6 pick has plenty of value, and the Ravens could get phone calls from teams looking to trade up for Stanley, Tunsil, Ohio St. running back Ezekiel Elliott, Michigan St. left tackle Jack Conklin, or Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch.  If the Ravens do trade down, don’t expect them to fall back farther than No. 15. The Titans hold that pick, and could offer a bundle to get Stanley or Tunsil.

3. If the Cowboys don’t take Elliott at No. 4, will the Ravens?

It would be a daring move for the Ravens to take a running back at No. 6, when they are deep at that position, and have so many other needs. But for weeks, we’ve heard some scouts and draft experts say Elliott will be an elite NFL back who runs effectively inside and outside, and catches passes. What if the Ravens believe Elliott will be as good, or better, than Ray Rice was in his prime? If they believe that, the Ravens taking Elliott could really shake up this draft.

4. Would taking a chance on UCLA inside linebacker Myles Jack be worth it for the Ravens?

Speculation is heavy that Jack will fall out of the top 10 due to concern about his surgically-repaired knee. But for argument’s sake, what if Jack is one of the league’s best inside linebackers for at least five seasons before needing more major knee surgery? Having Jack and C. J. Mosley would give the Ravens perhaps the league’s premier inside linebacker combo. If doctors have not advised the Ravens to take Jack off their board, they have to consider Jack if he is there at No. 6.

5. Will either Ramsey or Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa fall to No. 6?

I think both will be gone, especially Ramsey. But I’m pretty sure the Ravens would gladly take either. Getting a versatile defensive back like Ramsey, or possibly the best pass rusher in the draft in Bosa, is a likely best-case scenario for Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. Until somebody drafts Ramsey or Bosa, that dream could become reality.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

With training camp just six days away, here is the latest news surrounding the Baltimore Ravens.

1. Ian Rapoport reported that the Ravens have placed Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson and two others on the reserve/NFI list. He later added that Brown is still recovering from Lisfranc surgery but is "progressing well" and Ferguson is dealing with a "minor hamstring" injury.

2. The entire Baltimore Ravens class is officially under contract after the signing of wide receiver Miles Boykin. Boykin was a third-round pick out of Notre Dame.

3. Michael Vick joined The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Friday morning and when asked which young quarterbacks in the NFL most emulate his style, he answered: "Lamar Jackson" along with Kyler Murray and Cam Newton.

Looking Ahead:

July 24: Ravens training camp begins. Rookies are set to report a week earlier on Wednesday, July 17. 

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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A big Year 2 ahead, Lamar Jackson isn’t worried about Madden ratings

A big Year 2 ahead, Lamar Jackson isn’t worried about Madden ratings

The number eight is sports royalty in the city of Baltimore thanks to Cal Ripken Jr.

If Lamar Jackson has the career many are hoping for, he’ll be another reason for that one day down the road.

For now, he’s a young, athletic quarterback entering his second season in Charm City. But his successful rookie year hasn’t been reflected in Madden NFL 20’s newest ratings.

Jackson came in with an overall rating of 76, tied for 24th among all quarterbacks. Unsurprisingly, his athleticism is highly-regarded, as he leads all signal-callers in speed, acceleration, agility, and elusiveness.

Questions abound about his throwing abilities, leading to the low rating. But that’s not a concern for Jackson himself.

“I can’t feel no way,” the quarterback told media members prior to throwing out the first pitch at the Orioles-Nationals game Wednesday night. “You know, I don’t make Madden. That’s them. But I feel like our team, we’re going to show ‘em this season.”

Jackson continued to praise the Ravens roster. When asked about the high ratings for teammates like Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Earl Thomas, Jackson put his thoughts quite succinctly: “We look stacked!”

Of course, with speed and acceleration ratings like Jackson has, it’s fun to imagine how he might fit in on a baseball diamond as well.

“Whew, somewhere in the middle, to make a play,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde decided when asked where the Ravens quarterback might play on his roster.

“I’m looking forward to meeting him. I’m a big football fan, so watched him play a lot. And if he wanted to play center field or up the middle, it’d be great,” Hyde continued.

The speedy quarterback agreed, though it came with a caveat.

“Probably,” Jackson quickly answered when asked about his best fit being center field. “But you know, I’m the Ravens QB right now, so I’m good.”

He doesn’t know what his walk-up song would be if he played baseball, but Jackson was definitive about one thing at least: his hot dog preferences.

“I don’t really eat mustard,” he emphasized. “So I just put ketchup, relish...I just go from there. Pretty standard.”

When he’s not eating hot dogs, Jackson is working hard to build chemistry with his new receiving corps, and he seemed optimistic about the results it will bring on the field.

“Looking pretty good,” he described. “You’ll have to see for yourself.”

Knowing how many dual Orioles and Ravens fans there are in Baltimore, Jackson was also happy to provide a little hope as the city’s attention starts to shift from baseball to football. He gave a message to O’s fans who have sat through months of losing baseball and are looking to the Ravens to bring winning back to the city.

“Look forward to us coming out and balling,” he said. “Can’t say too much right now, [the] season’s not here!”

The Ravens season will be here soon enough, and when it is, Jackson will be ready to go out and show both local and national fans what he can do, regardless of what his Madden rating says.

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