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  • Ravens hope to follow historical trend and find value with 32nd selection

    Ravens hope to follow historical trend and find value with 32nd selection
    Three months after winning their first Super Bowl in 1983, the Washington Redskins received another reward. With the 28th and final selection in the first round of the 1983 NFL draft, and one pick after the Miami Dolphins grabbed a strong-armed...
  • Getting the right player in the draft is a labor of love for NFL teams

    Getting the right player in the draft is a labor of love for NFL teams
    Though the flicker of collegiate game tape isn't exactly candlelight, it can sometimes be love at first sight for a scout sitting in a dark film room, pining over pro prospects. Daniel Jeremiah, a former NFL scout who worked four years in the Ravens...
  • Every dog (and tortoise) has its day at March for the Animals

    Every dog (and tortoise) has its day at March for the Animals
    Humans had their hands full at Sunday's 18th annual March for the Animals in Druid Hill Park. Adam Mittadam, 30, of Canton, held fast to the leashes of six French bulldogs — Mango, Kiwi, Coconut, Scooter, Vespa and Moped — all wearing...
  • Quarterback-needy NFL teams could call the Ravens

    Quarterback-needy NFL teams could call the Ravens
    Given that the Ravens have made a trade in the first round of the draft five times in the past seven years, most fans are well aware there is a chance the team could trade out of the first round again Thursday night. A deep but unspectacular class of...
  • Ravens could take advantage of deep safety class in NFL draft

    Ravens could take advantage of deep safety class in NFL draft
    When Michael Huff arrived at team headquarters last month, it didn't mean the Ravens were suddenly set at safety. With free safety Ed Reed signing as a free agent with the Houston Texans and strong safety Bernard Pollard cut from the roster, filling the...
  • Unique set of skills highlight Tavon Austin at the right time

    Unique set of skills highlight Tavon Austin at the right time
    Imagine the football field as a chess board, its synthetic green grass replaced with two-toned squares. Picture wideouts as rooks rocketing up and down the edges of the board and backs as bishops slashing through a front line of pawns. Tight ends and...
  • Kelechi Osemele prepared to make transition on offensive line

    Kelechi Osemele prepared to make transition on offensive line
    If he had it his way, Kelechi Osemele wouldn't be moving anywhere. The Ravens would re-sign free agent left tackle Bryant McKinnie and the offensive line, minus the retired Matt Birk, would start the 2013 season like it ended last year. "It would be...
  • Ravens have more than a few inside linebacker options in draft

    Ravens have more than a few inside linebacker options in draft
    Eighteen years ago during their inaugural draft, the Ravens landed future Hall of Fame middle linebacker Ray Lewis late in the first round. It was a masterful selection, especially since there were questions surrounding Lewis at that time due to a...
  • Will the Ravens change up their struggling offensive line?

    Will the Ravens change up their struggling offensive line?
    It will be interesting to see this week if the Ravens make any changes along the offensive line, a group that for the most part has struggled the past couple of weeks and will be under fire again come Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The position...
  • Ravens Q&A with Mike Preston

    Ravens Q&A with Mike Preston
    Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers a selection of reader questions after the Ravens' 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday. Boyne: The defense looks to have lost its swagger, the way it did when Greg Mattison took over for Rex Ryan. Is the...
  • Who will be in the Ravens' NFL draft war room?

    Who will be in the Ravens' NFL draft war room?
    Like most NFL teams, the Super Bowl champions have a small contingent inside their war room for the draft. This is the primary room for draft operations, equipped with several telephones, a board room and, of course, the draft board ranking the...
  • Ravens select safety Matt Elam in the first round of 2013 NFL draft

    Ravens select safety Matt Elam in the first round of 2013 NFL draft
    General manager Ozzie Newsome said last week that there were so many good safeties in the draft that there would be one who the Ravens could take in all seven rounds. However, the Ravens showed on the first night of the 2013 NFL draft just how much...