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Ravens 1st winning streak of the season puts a top 5 pick in jeopardy

Too many wins could make the 2015 a bigger waste than it already is...

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens battled through a rough stretch to start the season, losing narrowly time and time again, much of the time on the road. The season was already considered to be lost due to injuries and underperforming before Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett went down for the season in week 11. But the light at the end of the tunnel was a chance at a top 5 pick, and the first draft pick that high since Jamal Lewis in 2000.

But despite those injuries, the Ravens have pulled out improbable wins the past 2 weeks, which represents their only winning streak of a season which is 12 weeks old. While the manner in which they won was exhilarating, and the team the Ravens beat a disdained foe, the victory is bittersweet. Ravens fans have just recently resigned themselves to a tank this season, but of course the actual players don't care. Bomb for Bosa (coined by my fellow writer, Holt Smith) may be a thing amongst the fans, but for Ravens players, they will and should be playing as hard in week 12 as in week 1 before all the injuries hit.

This of course endangers the coveted top pick, and puts somewhat of a damper on that light at the end of the tunnel. At the end of the day, 7 wins this season is going to be just as forgettable 2 or 3 years down the line as 4 wins. But the difference between a top 3 pick and a top 10 pick could be felt for years.

Then again, as fans we need to just trust in Ozzie and hope for the best. The last 3 times he had a pick between 10 and 12 we ended up with Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, and Joe Flacco, the 3 cornerstones of our franchise for the past 8-10 years. And they were all home run picks. So maybe the difference won't be as big as we think.

One thing is for sure- as hard as it is to watch this team keep winning, it is better than promoting a losing culture among the players. Look at the Browns- they are still in a hole of losing that was dug long ago, and even the 8 1st round picks they have had since 2011 have not been able to get them out. The stink of losing is something we don't want any part of.