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2019 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup: Post-NFL Combine and free agency edition

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2019 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup: Post-NFL Combine and free agency edition

The NFL Combine has come and gone and free agency frenzy has taken place.

The Ravens saw defensive veterans exit in free agency while welcoming Mark Ingram, Earl Thomas and Justin Bethel to Baltimore.

How has the combine and free agency affected the Ravens' draft board?

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig: OL Dalton Risner, Kansas State

Standing at 6-foot-5, 312 pounds, Risner's draft profile notes that he "has the necessary tools to get guys blocked on the NFL level."

Risner could serve as a good rookie backup on the Ravens' O-line. 

Bleacher Report: LB Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech

The Ravens are in desperate need on defense after losing Terrell Suggs and Za'Darius Smith in free agency.

Ferguson, who holds the NCAA all-time record for career sacks with 45, has been compared to Khalil Mack. 

"The question, as it was with Mack, is whether Ferguson's skills will translate to the pros," Bleacher Report's Kristopher Knox says. "This means there is some risk involved, but the allure of adding a potential premier pass-rusher this late in Round 1 could be too tough to pass up."

Mel Kiper: RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama 

The addition of Mark Ingram may change Kiper's mind on the Ravens taking a back in the first-round. 

Jacobs' draft profile overview states, "Jacobs runs with good bend, vision and burst, and he proved to be an effective pass-catcher out of the backfield or from the slot. He will probe and burst, but he could become more elusive with better tempo as a runner. Jacobs is a decisive runner with outstanding one-cut talent to become a bellcow lead back." 

Maybe the Ravens see Jacobs as their long-term running back? 

SB Nation: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

The Ravens cut Michael Crabtree after just one year with the team and John Brown signed with the Bills in free agency. Now they're left with several holes to fill at receiver, a position the Ravens have lacked depth at for several seasons.

After posting a 4.33 40-yard dash, Metcalf's combine profile has him projected as an instant starter.

NFL.com's Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah: WR Parris Campbell, Ohio State

Here's a new addition to the roundup. 

Davis describes Campbell as, "extremely fast and elusive. A perfect match for the run-first Ravens, who now have a true deep threat to throw it to over the heads of safeties creeping to the LOS to help slow down RB Mark Ingram and QB Lamar Jackson."

Jeremiah agrees saying, "Campbell had an outstanding workout at the combine, displaying mature route-running skills."

CBS Sports.com: WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State

      Another wide receiver in the mix, pundits questioned whether or not he was athletic enough to be a first-round pick prior to the combine. 

      Harry posted a 4.53 40-yard dash, 27 reps on the bench press, a 38.5 inch vertical and 122 inches on the broad jump.  Analyst describe the receiver as a "back-shoulder boss who thrives with contested catch opportunities outside the numbers but lacks explosive traits."

      Sporting News: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

      We've got a trend going here.

      Brown, who stands at 5-foot-9 and 166 pounds, has an "elite vertical speed and great quickness coming in and out of routes," according to Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer. Brown missed the Sooners' Pro Day and the combine after undergoing Lisfranc surgery. However, he is expected to be ready to go come offseason programs.

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      Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Justin Tucker kept the game ball from his first missed extra point

      Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Justin Tucker kept the game ball from his first missed extra point

      It's Draft Day, baby!

      Before the 2019 NFL Draft gets underway Thursday night in Nashville, Tn, here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

      Player/Team Notes:

      1. The Ravens made a VERY smart move Wednesday by signing kicker Justin Tucker to a four-year extension that will keep him in Baltimore through the 2023 season. In seven seasons, Tucker has experienced the highest of highs, and just last year, the low of his first missed extra point Week 7 against the Saints. Memorable as it is something we rarely see from Tucker, the 29-year-old has that game ball on display as a reminder of the ups and downs of his career.

      “That’s a part of my story, and I want to be able to look at that and realize that was a learning moment,” Tucker said. “It was, perhaps, a pivotal moment for me as a professional.”

      “I think it’s incredibly important for any football player, any athlete, anybody, to learn form both your successes and your failures,” Tucker said.

      2. The Ravens are making one very special fans' dream come true this weekend during the NFL Draft. Mo Gaba, a 13-year-old superfan who's been blind since he was nine months old and is battling cancer for the fourth time, will announce the team's fourth-round pick from the Ravens' Draft Fest at the Inner Harbor Saturday. Gaba will be the first person ever to announce an NFL draft pick in Braille. 

      3. General manager Eric DeCosta will lead his first-ever war room Thursday night, but he won't be kicking former GM Ozzie Newsome out of his usual seat at the head of the table. 

      “I’ve been in that seat for a long time,” DeCosta said via the Ravens' website.

      “The other reason is Ozzie doesn’t like change a lot,” DeCosta said. “He still gets his hair cut on Friday, he’s on a treadmill three times a day. He only started using an iPhone about six months ago. No, that’s not actually true

      “But he definitely doesn’t like change, and I just feel like if we moved his seat, he’d be really flustered.”

      4. The Ravens are showing increased interest in Alabama running back Josh Jacobs, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. John Harbaugh did mention earlier in the offseason that the team could add another playmaker in the Ravens' backfield.

      5. Free agent pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah reportedly visited the Ravens Wednesday. Drafted fifth overall in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Lions, the Ravens could use Ansah after losing Terrell Suggs and Za'Darius Smith in free agency.


      Looking Ahead:

      April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

      May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

      July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get long-term deal done with designated franchise tag player

      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.

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      4 prospects Baltimore Ravens fans should be keeping an eye on in 2019 NFL Draft

      4 prospects Baltimore Ravens fans should be keeping an eye on in 2019 NFL Draft

      The Baltimore Ravens will add to their historic franchise this weekend during the 2019 NFL Draft. All eyes will be set on who they take with their first pick, whether that's at No. 22 or beyond. 

      With a handful of needs, which prospects should you be aware of? Here are four players projected to possibly land with the Ravens Thursday night.

      WR D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi

      Metcalf grabbed the attention of the football world during the NFL Combine, running a 4.33 40-yard dash and posting a 40.5 vertical jump. The jury is still out, however, on how he'll pan out in the NFL. Metcalf missed part of the 2018 season with a neck injury and a foot injury derailed his 2016 season after just two games. Metcalf admitted that his history of injuries was brought up often when meeting with NFL teams, and his apparent 1.9% body fat simply isn't healthy, according to a combine trainer. Nonetheless, draft experts have the receiver as a top option for the Ravens. 

      DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

      The Ravens are going to need some help on defense after losing Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and Za'Darius Smith in free agency. Ferrell had 38 tackles for loss and 21 sacks over the last two seasons with the National Champions. Standing at 6'4", 264 pounds, the defensive end's combine profile describes him as having "prototypical size, length and strength to offer early help against both the run and pass."

      C/G Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

      The Ravens could be looking for their center of the future. McCoy earned a starting role with the Aggies during the 2016 season, starting all 16 games after redshirting his freshman season. In his sophomore season, McCoy helped Texas A&M average 406.8 yards per game. From 2016-19, the center helped his team rush for over 2,000 yards. A talent like that could be extremely helpful with Lamar Jackson under center. 

      WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

      Another wide receiver in the mix, Brown averaged more than 18 yards per reception over two years at Oklahoma, racking up 1,300 yards with 10 touchdowns on 75 receptions in 2018 alone. Nicknamed "Hollywood," the 21-year-old's speed and ability to threaten deep "gives him a chance to become the most impactful wideout in this draft."

      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.

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