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  • Ravens considered Matt Elam the best player available

    Ravens considered Matt Elam the best player available
    Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said it wasn't a very hard decision. Florida safety Matt Elam was the best player available when the Ravens made the final pick of Thursday night's first round of the NFL draft and they were thrilled to get him. Of course, what...
  • It's cliché but true, Matt Elam 'plays like a Raven'

    It's cliché but true, Matt Elam 'plays like a Raven'
    I usually roll my eyes when I hear someone say that a player "plays like a Raven." But in the case of Florida safety Matt Elam, the team’s first-round pick, I can’t help but nod my head. It sounds as if the Ravens agree. “I started...
  • Ravens: Matt Elam chosen over Manti Te'o because he was ranked higher

    Ravens: Matt Elam chosen over Manti Te'o because he was ranked higher
    In drafting Florida junior safety Matt Elam with the last pick of the first round, the Ravens bypassed Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te'o. Although Te'o was the Heisman Trophy runner-up and one of the most high-profile players in the draft, he...
  • Ravens trade up to draft Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown

    Ravens trade up to draft Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown
    Ray Lewis' retirement created a void in the middle of the Ravens' defense, motivating the team to leave nothing to chance when acquiring his potential replacement. So, the Ravens traded three draft picks to make sure they acquired athletic, undersized...
  • Ravens say Arthur Brown is a 'four-down linebacker'

    Ravens say Arthur Brown is a 'four-down linebacker'
    On Friday night, the Ravens watched the names of linebackers such as Manti Te’o, Kevin Minter and Jonathan Bostic come off the board. Sensing they might not get one of the players they coveted in the first couple of rounds in the draft, they sent...
  • Ravens draft "fire plug" Missouri Southern defensive tackle Brandon Williams in third round

    Ravens draft "fire plug" Missouri Southern defensive tackle Brandon Williams in third round
    Looking to upgrade the middle of their defense, the Ravens obtained a huge anchor from a small university. The Ravens drafted brawny Missouri Southern defensive tackle Brandon Williams in the third round with the 94th overall selection, acquiring a...
  • Ravens and the cost of trading up in the NFL draft

    Ravens and the cost of trading up in the NFL draft
    This afternoon I did a chat on our site about the Ravens and the NFL draft. Maybe the most popular question, besides ones about the situation at inside linebacker and the uncertainty along the offensive line, was about what it would take for the Ravens to...
  • Ravens say they're comfortable with Manti Te'o's character

    Ravens say they're comfortable with Manti Te'o's character
    The Ravens have performed their due diligence on Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te'o, one of the most scrutinized draft prospects. And team officials say they're comfortable with Te'o from a character standpoint after talking with Te'o extensively....
  • Ravens could go with Kelechi Osemele as their left tackle

    Ravens could go with Kelechi Osemele as their left tackle
    The Ravens have had several opportunities to lock up free agent offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie this offseason and have remained in contact with the former Pro Bowl blocker. If a deal develops, though, it won't unfold until after the NFL draft. If...
  • Ravens ready to take it one pick at a time during NFL draft

    Ravens ready to take it one pick at a time during NFL draft
    Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta was reading comments recently from former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson that he felt summed up his organization's drafting philosophy perfectly. "I think the thing we want to try to do — this...
  • Ravens to give Pernell McPhee a shot at rush outside linebacker

    Ravens to give Pernell McPhee a shot at rush outside linebacker
    The Ravens intend to take a long look at defensive end Pernell McPhee at rush outside linebacker behind former Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. McPhee is a 6-foot-3, 280-pounder who dipped to 1 1/2 sacks last season after finishing second on...
  • Ozzie Newsome not expected to leave Ravens for Alabama AD vacancy

    Ozzie Newsome not expected to leave Ravens for Alabama AD vacancy
    Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome always speaks with special affection about Alabama, where he became a football legend playing for the late Bear Bryant. He's a huge supporter of the Crimson Tide and returns as often as he can to speak to current...