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Ravens cancel Thursday night draft party due to Baltimore City curfew established because of riots

The Ravens have canceled their Thursday night draft party at M&T Bank Stadium due to the curfew established in Baltimore City because of the riots.

The party had been scheduled from 7 to 11 p.m.

The Ravens said that fans who have already purchased tickets will be issued refunds. For more information about refunds, call 410-261-7283.

The Ravens' team store outlet sale scheduled for Saturday has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

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Ravens' players react to Baltimore riots, say 'violence is not the answer'

As the violence and unrest continues during the the Baltimore riots in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray after being arrested by Baltimore City police, several Ravens and former Ravens players have weighed in on the situation via social media.

"If you're going to engage in civil disobedience, it needs to be nonviolent," defensive end Chris Canty told The Baltimore Sun. "Violence is unproductive. It's our responsibility to speak out. It's a part of our obligation. We have to have some resolution. It has to start with peace and getting people off of the streets and unify the community and we can affect positive change through peaceful protest.

"There is social injustice. The police brutality has been well-documented. The Department of Justice isn't investigating the police for no reason. There needs to be a shift in policy. This isn't the way, though, with the few individuals trying to force that change through violent means."

Retired middle linebacker Ray Lewis reacted to the situation.

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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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