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Ravens Nest: Are the Ravens interested in drafting a QB

Ravens news and links for 1/27/18

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LATE FOR WORK 1/26: RAVENS INTERESTED IN QB JOSH ALLEN AT 16? KIPER BETS RAVENS DRAFT 90% OFFENSE — BaltimoreRavens.com

Ravens brass has been transparent with its interest in selecting a quarterback in April, but most everyone believes that won’t happen until, at the earliest, the middle rounds because they have franchise quarterback Joe Flacco leading the way.

That’s why it’s surprising to see a report from a Denver journalist indicating the Ravens could select Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen at No. 16 if he slides that far.

The retirement of Eric Wood could lead to Bills emerging as favorites to sign Ravens’ Ryan Jensen — Baltimore Beatdown

In light of this news, the Bills are now likely in the market for a new center. Sure, they can look at the draft, but they do have a connection to Ryan Jensen. In case you forgot, former Ravens offensive line coach, Juan Castillo, now serves as Buffalo’s offensive line coach.

In addition, the Bills have almost triple Baltimore’s cap-space. Buffalo, according to Over the Cap, will have $32,178,305 in cap space for the 2018 season. That number is still likely to change as the Bills have several big roster decisions to make this offseason. It is worth noting, Buffalo still has a big decision to make with quarterback Tyrod Taylor this offseason.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, alone, holding annual “State of the Ravens” press conference — Baltimore Beatdown

Notably absent from the meeting are: Team President Dick Cass, General Manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh. In recent years, all three have accompanied Bisciotti to the presser to discuss the team’s previous season and future.

Possibly, Bisciotti is getting out in front to address the topics of the teams’ direction, the failure of the 2017-2018 season, the future of the franchise and the obvious backlash from kneeling in London and President Donald Trump’s comments in London.

NFL Draft: Ravens shouldn’t be fixated on a WR in round one — Ebony Bird

The wide receiver class is deep beyond the first round. Calvin Ridley could easily be off the board in the first 10 picks and it might be too much of a reach for Courtland Sutton or any other receiver at No. 16. Projections are subject to change but if that’s the case then the Ravens shouldn’t be fixated on selecting a wide receiver in the first round.