Through next Wednesday, the day before the start of the three-day NFL draft, The Baltimore Sun will break down what the Ravens have at each position, the chance that they will add to it and what prospects could possibly be targeted with those picks. Today we’ll look at wide receivers.
In the 2004 and 2009 NFL drafts, Maryland had five players selected. In 2002 and 2006, three Terps were drafted by NFL teams. But in the past four drafts, only four Maryland players have been selected. In the fickle world of scouting and drafting, there can be myriad factors for the drop off: lack of talent, lack of development and, in some cases, lack of luck.
It might not be known for weeks, if not months. But if the Ravens go on to save their season, they¿ll probably look back on this October night at the home of their biggest rivals and remember how their playoff run started.
As a wide receiver for the McDonogh football team, Darrius Heyward-Bey used to help light up the scoreboard. Now the former NFL first-round draft pick will help his alma mater light up the football field.
In his last day on the job before being fired Monday morning, Cam Cameron called one of his more effective games even though mounting behind-the-scenes discord led to his dismissal. With Vonta Leach plowing defenders and Ray Rice dancing upfield, the Ravens used its running game to pile up a season-high 186 yards.
After manhandling a soft Raiders front seven, the Ravens' line will be tested by the Steelers' OLB tandem of James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley. Their extensive repertoire of pass-rushing moves is formidable
The Ravens scored 27 first-half points, tying the most ever in the John Harbaugh era, and kept pouring it on from there en route to a 55-20 blowout over the hapless Oakland Raiders in front of an announced 71,339 at M&T Bank Stadium. The 55 points set a new franchise record.
In this game-day staple, blogger Matt Vensel makes four sometimes-courageous predictions for the game. All he asks is that you don't hold it against him whenever those predictions end up being embarrassingly wrong.
Darrius Heyward-Bey likes a challenge. Or perhaps more appropriately, he enjoys being challenged. From adolescence to McDonogh to Maryland, Heyward-Bey has encountered doubts and at each turn, he has overcome those obstacles.
Carson Palmer is a couple of years older and is no longer throwing to Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh in their prime. But as the Ravens prepare for Sunday's game against Palmer and the Oakland Raiders, the bad memories have come rushing back for some Ravens.