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Eric DeCosta Talks About Wide Receiver Class, Ravens’ Urgency - Clifton Brown

“We like our receivers, first and foremost,” DeCosta said in a pre-draft video conference call. “I think Myles and Marquise and Willie (Snead IV) and (we) brought back Chris (Moore), we’ve got some guys who we think are going to make that jump. We really like that room.

”Do we feel the urgency? We probably feel that with every position. We want to be the best we can be at every position. This happens to be a wide receiver class with a lot of really good players. If we’re on the clock and we think that guy is the best player, we’ll probably pick him. Hopefully we can build our offense to the point where we can say, ‘Hey, we’re undefendable.’”

“The receiver class is prolific by many people’s standards,” DeCosta said. “There’s probably 25 draftable wideouts in this draft.”

NFL 2010s All-Decade Team: Tom Brady, Aaron Donald headliners - Judy Battista

2010s ALL-DECADE TEAM ROSTER

* — denotes a unanimous selection

OFFENSE

QB Tom Brady*

QB Aaron Rodgers

RB Frank Gore

RB Marshawn Lynch

RB LeSean McCoy

RB Adrian Peterson*

WR Antonio Brown

WR Larry Fitzgerald

WR Calvin Johnson

WR Julio Jones

FLEX Darren Sproles

TE Rob Gronkowski

TE Travis Kelce

OT Jason Peters

OT Tyron Smith

OT Joe Staley

OT Joe Thomas*

OG Jahri Evans

OG Logan Mankins

OG Zack Martin

OG Marshal Yanda*

C Alex Mack

C Maurkice Pouncey

DEFENSE

DE Calais Campbell

DE Cameron Jordan

DE Julius Peppers

DE J.J. Watt*

DT Geno Atkins

DT Fletcher Cox

DT Aaron Donald*

DT Ndamukong Suh

LB Chandler Jones

LB Luke Kuechly

LB Khalil Mack

LB Von Miller*

LB Bobby Wagner

LB Patrick Willis

CB Patrick Peterson

CB Darrelle Revis

CB Richard Sherman

S Eric Berry

S Earl Thomas

S Eric Weddle

DB Chris Harris Jr.

DB Tyrann Mathieu

SPECIALISTS

P Johnny Hekker

P Shane Lechler

K Stephen Gostkowski

K Justin Tucker*

PR Tyreek Hill

PR Darren Sproles

KR Devin Hester

KR Cordarrelle Patterson

COACHES

Bill Belichick

Pete Carroll

Ravens DL Jihad Ward: Coaches Fostered Fun, Loose Environment In 2019 - Luke Jackson

“I just want to thank my brothers and my teammates for making me feel comfortable. When you go to certain teams, you don’t feel comfortable,” Ward said on Glenn Clark Radio March 27. “You’ve got to stay uncomfortable — this is business. But these coaches understand. They go players first. You don’t have a lot of teams that do that in this league. Everything about them is all about players. I thank God for that one. There’s not really teams out there that are on the players’ side.”

Ward, who turns 26 in May, was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders and spent the first two years of his career with them.

“I’m going to ball out, I’m going to do what I have to do, but I’m going to have fun with this because a lot of people in this league – especially on defense, we realize you’ve got to enjoy every bit of this because one play can change your life,” Ward said. “So, with that being said, I mentioned brotherhood when we first came in here — we’re the mob. We always preached that we’re the mob. We’ve got each other’s backs, right or wrong, on the field.”

“We’re not making any excuses about it. We folded. [The Titans] came ready. We folded. At the end of the day, let’s build from it from last year,” Ward said. “Let’s have that fuel, because I really feel like deep down in my soul that everybody thinks we’re going to be comfortable from last year. My goal is I don’t want that to happen. … I’m never comfortable so I’m ready for everything. A lot of people think we’re going to be comfortable but it’s OK. I want them to feel that way.”

2020 NFL mock draft: How even more trades could blow up the first round - Dan Kadar

28. Baltimore Ravens: Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

This is a pick I keep making for Baltimore. The Ravens are sorely lacking athleticism in their linebacker group, and Queen would be the perfect fit in their defense. While he’s more C.J. Mosley than Ray Lewis, Queen is a quality football player who should start straight away.