Todd Heap has a special interest in watching his old team this season because the Ravens not only selected South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst in the first round of the 2018 draft, but picked Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews in the third.
Ten years after they made two trades within the first round before selecting quarterback Joe Flacco 18th overall in 2008, the Ravens reached a deal with the Buffalo Bills to move back in the first round.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta has decided not to play this season after doctors told him it would be unsafe to do so. Team officials and the coaching staff were on the side of the doctors. And, I'm guessing, so were even the most diehard fans of Baltimore football.
Maxx Williams was effective but not spectacular for the Gophers, catching 36 passes for 569 yards and eight touchdowns last season. But his new team has a darn-good track record when it comes to selecting tight ends high in the draft.
Pernell McPhee has never operated in the spotlight on the Ravens defense, but the fourth-year outside linebacker has carved out an effective place in the rotation by both feeding on those who hog the attention, and at times, taking it away from them.
Since trading for and signing veteran center Jeremy Zuttah to a five-year, $18 million contract extension that includes a salary-cap figure of $1.7 million this year, the Ravens are now approximately $6.976 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh met briefly with the Baltimore media yesterday and reiterated several things he said last week, including that the Ravens remain in the market for a tight end, quarterback and cornerback.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh made it clear that despite a busy two weeks, the Ravens aren't done in free agency. They still have more work to do throughout their roster, including an offensive line that remains under construction.
A week into free agency, all of the marquee players have been snatched up and few household names remain on the open market. Most teams, including the Ravens, have filled important needs, which could change their priorities when it comes to the NFL draft.
The NFL scouting combine is in a couple of weeks, unofficially starting the league's silly season. But even though the NFL draft is still three long months away, draft analysts continue to update their mock drafts.