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Ravens News 4/19: Draft, draft, schedule and more draft

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2018 NFL Draft: Tracking AFC North teams’ interest in prospects -

Top prospects associated with the Ravens:

» Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma: Meets with Ravens

» Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama: Meets with Ravens at Combine

» Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Jackson to visit Ravens

» Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: Interviews with Ravens at Combine

» Dante Pettis, WR, Washington: Ravens interview Pettis at combine

Pettis is a well rounded receiver. A savvy route runner with sticky hands and explosive punt return ability. He could be a prized pick for the Ravens in the third or fourth round.

PFF’s 2018 live seven-round, all-analyst mock draft - Pro Football Focus


Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State

Wilson provides the Ravens with a smooth route runner who can do damage either outside or in the slot. His 150.3 passer rating when targeted over the middle of the field ranked second in the FBS last season and he has proven production against the best that the NCAA has to offer, leading all receivers with 4.58 yards per route run versus Power-5 opponents. – Harley Sherman, @PFF_Harley


Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky

The time is now right for the Ravens to draft a developmental quarterback to sit behind and potentially challenge Joe Flacco, and White represents the best option in the third round. His adjusted completion percentage of 76.3 ranked fifth in this draft class, and he has the arm talent to be moulded into a future starter. – Harley Sherman, @PFF_Harley

Wilson seems to be a perfect fit in John Harbaugh’s locker room. A hard working, productive, all-conference receiver and special teams contributor with NFL bloodlines. PFF’s second round grade is higher than most, still the Ravens may take an early Day 3 chance on the Boise product.

With NFL releasing 2018 schedule Thursday, here’s a reminder of who Ravens will face - The Baltimore Sun

» Home: Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Bills, Broncos, Buccaneers, Raiders and Saints.

» Road: Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Falcons, Panthers, Chiefs, Chargers and Titans.

The NFL will reveal the 2018 schedule tonight at 8pm ET. The Ravens road slate could be a challenge, as five of their eight road games will be against 2017 playoff competitors. Vegas is currently giving the Ravens 4-1 odds to win the division, behind only the Steelers. Cincinnati is listed at 10-1 and Cleveland at 15-1.

NFL Draft 2018: Defensive Back Rankings and Analysis - SI/PFF

Coming in at No. 4 is OSU’s Denzel Ward. Forced to play in the slot, he boasts the combination of outstanding speed and footwork; most guys who have that speed don’t have the agility or shiftiness and vice versa, but Ward has both. He can get beat up against bigger receivers at times, but was mostly excellent throughout his college career. He got his hands on a number of balls last season, and he was coached to play through the receivers arms.

With Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, Tavon Young, Maurice Canady, Jaylen Hill and Stanley Jean-Baptiste, the Ravens are well stocked at cornerback. Nonetheless, if Ward somehow slides all the way down to their pick in the first round, he would probably be too good to pass up. If this unlikely scenario unfolds, the front office should explore trading away a steady veteran such as Carr or moving a corner like Canady to safety full-time.

Purple Reign Show: Celebrity mock draft + Abdullah Anderson

Hosts Phil and Logan are joined by a variety of NFL writers and reporters to mock the first 16 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft. In addition, they sit down with Bucknell defensive linemen Abdullah Anderson and talk about his draft process.