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Ravens rookies didn't make expected impact, hope to benefit from 'learning experience'

Ravens rookies didn't make expected impact, hope to benefit from 'learning experience'

On the heels of a 2014 rookie class that included several players filling pivotal roles on both sides of the ball during a playoff run, the Ravens' 2015 draft class not only had a high bar to meet, but carried a lofty responsibility.

If this year's crop of rookies had been able to meet that same standard, allowing the team's young core to grow better and larger, the Ravens would've been set as a franchise for years to come.

But the 2015 season, in which the Ravens went 5-11 thanks in part to unprecedented injuries, forced many of the rookies into positions larger than what the team had planned and diminished their returns on the field.

That leaves the hope for the future...

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