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Missouri pass rusher Shane Ray, a Ravens predraft visitor, cited for marijuana possession

Missouri outside linebacker Shane Ray, a top draft prospect, is in trouble with the law after being cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Ray was one of the Ravens' predraft visitors, according to sources. He drew praise from coach John Harbaugh during a news conference about the draft.

Ray wasn't arrested, but was issued a citatiion for possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana, failure to drive in the right lane of the highway and issued a warning for speeding. Ray was cooperative and not impaired, according to Missouri police.

Ray issued a statement:

"I'd like to apologize to my Mother, Fans and prospective NFL teams for my poor judgment Monday morning," Ray said. "I am embarrassed and realize there are consequences for my actions. I was not under the influence nor impaired, therefore I was not detained. Fortunately, Monday's incident only resulted in a citation. I will make better choices in the future.

"It is imperative that I continue to strive to better myself. My future...

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NFL draft position-by-position breakdown: Defensive linemen

The Ravens’ insistence on taking the best player rather than targeting their biggest need adds to the shroud of mystery that annually surrounds the organization heading into the NFL draft.

While draft pundits have been consistent in projecting the Ravens to use their 26th overall pick on either a wide receiver or a cornerback, general manager Ozzie Newsome has shown that he’s not afraid to do the unexpected.

It would be foolish to dismiss the possibility that Newsome will use the pick to further bolster a position of perceived strength or even trade it to add to the team’s middle-round draft haul.

Until April 30, the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, The Baltimore Sun will examine the Ravens’ depth at each position, the potential of them adding to that spot early in the draft and some of the players who they could target.

The Ravens will enter the three-day draft with 10 picks: one in each of the first, second, third and sixth rounds, and three each in the fourth and fifth rounds.

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NFL draft position-by-position breakdown: Offensive linemen

The Ravens’ insistence on taking the best player rather than targeting their biggest need adds to the shroud of mystery that annually surrounds the organization heading into the NFL draft.

While draft pundits have been consistent in projecting the Ravens to use their 26th overall pick on either a wide receiver or a cornerback, general manager Ozzie Newsome has shown that he’s not afraid to do the unexpected.

It would be foolish to dismiss the possibility that Newsome will use the pick to further bolster a position of perceived strength or even trade it to add to the team’s middle-round draft haul.

Until April 30, the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, The Baltimore Sun will examine the Ravens’ depth at each position, the potential of them adding to that spot early in the draft and some of the players who they could target.

The Ravens will enter the three-day draft with 10 picks: one in each of the first, second, third and sixth rounds, and three each in the fourth and fifth rounds.

We've...

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Miami tight end Clive Walford met with the Ravens, sources say

University of Miami tight end Clive Walford had a predraft meeting with the Ravens, according to NFL sources.

Walford dominated Senior Bowl practices, especially in red-zone drills. He is the second-ranked tight end in the draft, behind University of Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams. He's generally graded as a second-to-third-round draft pick.

The Ravens are in the market for a tight end due to tight end Dennis Pitta's uncertain status. Pitta has dislocated and fractured his right hip twice in the past two seasons.

Walford ran the 40-yard dash in 4.79 seconds at the NFL scouting combine during which he also bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times, had a 35-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot broad jump.

The 6-foot-4, 251-pound tight end was a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and a third-team All-American last season. He was a finalist for the John Mackey award.

Walford tore his meniscus and missed the Hurricanes' bowl game.

As a junior, he started every game and caught 34 passes....

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Ask Mike Preston about the NFL draft

Do you have a question about what the Ravens might do in the NFL draft, which begins Thursday?

Send an email to sports@baltimoresun.com with your question. It might be answered by Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston in a Q&A that will appear on baltimoresun.com this week.

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Joe Flacco upbeat about new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman

The arrival of offensive coordinator Marc Trestman brings a professorial quality to the Ravens' offense.

Bespectacled with a rich vocabulary, Trestman is well-versed in the stock market, took and passed the bar exam and earned a nickname, "The Quarterback Whisperer," for his work with Steve Young and Bernie Kosar.

Although Trestman and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler were not successful together -- particularly last season, which ended with Trestman being fired as head coach following a 5-11 nose dive -- he's made a good impression so far on quarterback Joe Flacco.

"Everybody likes Marc, I think he's a bright guy," Flacco said Saturday night during a Special Olympics Maryland event in at Al Packer Ford in White Marsh. "I think he's running the meetings well. I think he's doing some really good things. We're evolving a little bit. I think he's going to be a good fit."

The expectation is that Trestman will use a lot of former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking system...

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