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NFL Combine: How Joe Flacco, Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and more Ravens performed

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NFL Combine: How Joe Flacco, Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and more Ravens performed

Imagine having to go on a job interview in front of 32 potential employers all at once.

That's what the NFL Combine is for college football players looking for a shot in the NFL.

For general managers and scouts, it's a chance to see which players would be the perfect fit for their organization.

With the combine comes a lot of overhype and in a few years, realization of quality players teams overlooked solely based off of numbers.

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One of the best examples to date is Tom Brady.

Everyone has seen the videos of a long and lanky Brady sluggishly running a 40. Looking at his combine footage, it's unlikely scouts expected him to go on to win five Super Bowls.

Then you have someone like Tim Tebow - an absolute star in college - that could never make a splash in the NFL.

Something radio and television host, Dan Patrick likes to do on his show is have NFL stars read their combine profiles out loud to see if they've aged well.

Let's take a look at a few current Ravens and their combine profiles.

QB Joe Flacco: 

Verticle: 28.5inches

Broad Jump: 110 inches

3 Cone Drill: 6.82 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.27 seconds

"Flacco is one of the more intriguing quarterback prospects of this draft. While he lacks the big name of some of the other highly ranked prospects, he possesses the prototypical combination of size and arm strength scouts are looking for. His steady improvement while at Delaware bodes well for his future development in the NFL, but Flacco's ability to handle the greater speed of the NFL is the determining factor of his final draft status." 

Srengths:  Prototype arm strength. Can make all of the NFL throws with ease. Adequate speed in his set up and delivery. Solid mechanics. Possesses an over-the-top delivery and good footwork. Isn't a finished product, but shows the tools worthy of development.

Weakness: Improved feel in the pocket, but still hangs on to the ball too long and isn't particularly mobile. Can slide up into the pocket to buy time, but isn't going to scare defenses with his scrambling ability. Tends to lock-on to his receivers.

Flacco's draft profile is pretty accuarte. Over the years, he's shown he has the arm strength to get the ball down the field but still lacks mobility and footwork to scramble when needed.

When Flacco decides to retire or is no longer with the Ravens, his NFL success will depend on who you talk to. While his record in the postseason and the run he went on down the stretch during the 2012-13 season earned him Super Bowl MVP, his performance of late has been mediocre.

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LB Terrell Suggs:

40-yard Dash: 4.82

Vertical: 33 inches

Bench Press: 19 reps 

While Terrell Suggs was explosive in college, his combine numbers concerned many ahead of the draft. Since he was picked tenth overall in the 2003 draft, he's been a prime example of why you can't always trust those numbers.

Suggs has a career 812 combined tackles, 573 total tackles, 239 assist and 125.5 sacks. Not to mention being voted to the Pro Bowl seven times and being named NFL Rookie of the Year in 2003 and NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. At 35-years old, he had one of his best seasons in 2017 after dealing with two Achilles tears and a torn bicep over the last five-and-a-half-seasons. 

ILB C.J. Mosley: 6.42 grade

Vertical Jump: 35 inches

Broad Jump: 118 inches

3 Cone Drill: 7.30 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.40 seconds 

Draft analyist, Mike Mayock had this to say about Mosley.

"He's such a solid football player. There are some concerns about his shoulder, but he was medically cleared by just about every team. He's a plug-and-play linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He pursues sideline to sideline. He improved on getting off blocks this year. This is a typical Baltimore Ravens solid football player; a solid pick." 

Bottom Line: "Smart, instinctive, fast-flowing, every-down linebacker capable of manning any position in a "40" front or steering a defense from the weak side in a "30" front, where he starred for a national-championship defense as a junior and carried the Tide as a senior. Has the football temperament, desire and work habits to emerge as a tackling machine in the pros. Has Pro Bowl potential."

Mosley's projected NFL potential has stayed true over the last four seasons.

The Ravens picked up Mosley's fifth-year option and 2018 will bring the final year of his rookie contract. Many have suggested the time is now for the team to put a long-term deal together with the inside linebacker. 

His performance over the last four seasons has been impressive, tallying up 318 total tackles, 156 assist, eight sacks, eight interceptions and six forced fumbles. The Alabama alum is the front runner to become the leader of the Ravens' defense when 35-year old, Terrell Suggs retires. 

Not to mention, he's been voted to three Pro Bowls over four seasons. The Ravens can tally up Mosley as a draft pick winner. 

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CB Jimmy Smith: 8.08 grade

40-Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds

Bench Press: 24 reps

Verticle Jump: 36 inches

Broad Jump: 123 inches

3 Cone Drill: 6.93 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.06 seconds

Strengths: "Smith has outstanding height for a corner coupled with good speed. Very effective in press-man using his length and size to jam and re-route. Can turn and run, recover when beat, and break up passes with his great leaping ability and ball skills. Likes to mix it up in run support and is also very physical here."

Weaknesses: "Hip stiffness in his angular, long build shows when playing off-man and breaking on underneath routes. Not as comfortable in zone as in press-man. Needs to be more consistent getting his head turned around to avoid interference calls. Must take better angles when tackling in the open field."

The Ravens drafted Smtih at No. 27 in the 2011 draft, and over the years, he's developed into one of the strongest cornerbacks in the league.

Per Pro Football Focus, Smith led cornerbacks in defensive passer rating during the first half of 2017, only giving up 12 receptions for 100 yards and allowing zero touchdowns. He was on track to have a huge 2017 season before going down with an Achilles injury in Week 13. It was also revealed he would be facing a suspension for PED use. 

A concern for Smith is the 23 regular-season games he's missed in six seasons due to injury. If 2018 brings good health for the 29-year old, the first-round pick will continue to be a playmaker.

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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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