After spending two of their first three selections on road-runner wide receivers, the Ravens took Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill with the No. 113 overall selection — yet another prospect with a 40-yard-dash time around 4.4 seconds.
The allegiance of Bob Turgeon and others connected to Mark Turgeon, the fifth-year Maryland men's basketball coach, and his team won't be questioned when they gather at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln on Wednesday for a second straight year, many of them putting aside their normal rooting interests to cheer for the fourth-ranked Terps.
Marquese Chriss scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Andrew Andrews added 20 points, and Washington followed up on its season-opening victory with a 100-67 win over Mount St. Mary's on Thursday night in the Huskies home opener.
Maryland's insurance policy at quarterback will arrive in College Park on Monday. Daxx Garman, who announced in March that he would be leaving Oklahoma State after three years there, will join the Terps as a graduate transfer and is expected to be immediately eligible to play in 2015, Maryland coach Randy Edsall announced Thursday. Garman has one year of eligibility remaining.
It's almost showtime for Mark Turgeon and Maryland, who will make their Big Ten debut Tuesday at Michigan State, and there is every reason to believe they are ready to take the next step in what has been an amazing transformation.
Jake Layman's performance Sunday showed how he has embraced the role of go-to guy in the absence of injured Terps senior guard Dez Wells, who is expected to return Saturday after missing a month with a fractured wrist.
The Browns, who have had one winning season and five head coaches in the past decade, traded up to select Trent Richardson third overall in April's draft and 19 spots later used another first-round draft pick on Brandon Weeden.
As Maryland prepared for No. 8 West Virginia, it might have comforted Terps fans — but only a little — that there have been other occasions in recent seasons in which the team entered games as a multi-touchdown underdog and came away with its dignity intact, if not with a win.
The Ravens have a handful of needs. Most are not pressing. They have yet to address the offensive line this offseason and will be forced to do it in the draft. Even with the emergence of Torrey Smith a year ago, they are looking for another game-changer at wide receiver. Terrell Suggs lacks a true sidekick. And then there is the annual question about whether this is the year they need to prepare for life after Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. In my fifth and final first-round mock draft, I give you a semi-educated guess at whom the Ravens will select with the 29th pick. Is it still Wisconsin center Peter Konz? Read on to find out.
The 2012 NFL draft is now just over a week away. Free agency has died down, and teams are shifting their focus to the draft to round out their rosters. The Ravens are no exception. Their primary needs are still the same as they were entering the offseason: offensive line help, a pass rusher and a receiver. This mock draft -- the fourth of five I will do before the draft -- doesn't account for trades. And remember, these are called "mock" drafts for a reason. Try not to take them too seriously, folks.
The 2012 NFL draft is three weeks away, and though most teams have solidified their draft boards barring a few tweaks after prospects visit, the "silly season" of draft rumors is really starting to heat up. Need an example? How about the rumblings that the Colts are undecided about the first pick? But hey, I love mock drafts as much as you do, so allow me to contribute to the silly season with my third mock draft of the offseason.
After a wild first week in free agency that was punctuated with Peyton Manning signing with the Denver Broncos, we have a better idea of what needs teams will address in April's NFL draft. So now seems like a good time for our second mock draft of the offseason. (This mock draft does not account for potential trades.) And remember, these are called "mock" drafts for a reason. Try not to take them too seriously.