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By Matt Vensel | April 27, 2011
Every time I put out one of my mock drafts, readers tell me they think things would play out differently (chances are we'll both end up being wrong). Well, now you get a chance to play GM in my first-ever reader NFL mock draft. Here's how it works. I'll post a daily poll where you can vote to decide what the team that's on the clock should do with its pick. To keep it simple, I'll give you five options for each pick. If you think I missed somebody, let me know in the comments section.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
The Coffee Companion, where we recap the local sports headlines each weekday morning, is meant to look back, not forward. But how can you look back when the most important day since Rocky Balboa ended the Cold War is upon us? - Today is the day. My beloved von Trapps need a point against the vaunted Germans to advance in the World Cup. As always, check out our World Cup Guide for all the relevant information and some analysis that is sure to be wrong. - Nelson Cruz bailed out Ubaldo Jimenez with an eighth-inning, game-tying grand slam, and the Orioles won after a rain delay, 5-4 , in 12 innings.
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January 24, 2011
Now that the Jan. 15 deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft has passed, the first set of mock drafts are out, with two players singled out as targets for the Ravens. Baltimore has the 27th pick in the draft, which will take place April 28-30. • ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. believes that the Ravens will go with Miami cornerback Brandon Harris, and ESPN.com's James Walker thinks the pick would fill a big need for the team. The Ravens have a great track record of drafting quality players late in the first round.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
Only a handful of people within the Ravens' front office and coaching staff truly know the team's priorities this evening, when the team picks at No. 17 in the NFL draft. When you take into account the 16 other teams drafting ahead of them, the potential trades ahead of them, and the potential for the Ravens to make a trade, However, there's some consensus building in the latest (and last) round of mock drafts. Many project the Ravens could get a steal if North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron falls to pick No. 17. The six-foot-four, 245-pound Ebron can stretch the field and basically play as another wide receiver.
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By Matt Vensel | February 11, 2011
I got a lot of feedback on Wednesday's mock draft, and many of you disagreed with my early prediction that the Ravens would take Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith with the 26th pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Some of you scoffed at the notion that wide receiver is a serious need for the Ravens , while others thought the Ravens would be better off selecting another wide receiver late in the first round. Let's be honest here. When it comes to guessing what GM Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens will do during the draft, we're all chucking darts at a dartboard with our opposite hands and a blindfold wrapped around our heads.
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By David Selig | June 2, 2012
In today's Orioles draft target profile , Dan Connolly lays the strongest odds on the team using the No. 4 overall pick Monday night on University of San Francisco right-hander Kyle Zimmer. The consensus among the national pundits is that the Orioles will take another college righty, LSU's Kevin Gausman , with their only selection in the first night of baseball's amateur draft. As with any draft, the decision on that pick could depend heavily upon what the top three teams - Houston, Minnesota and Seattle - do with their choices.
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By Matt Vensel | February 22, 2012
This year's NFL scouting combine begins Wednesday, unofficially marking the start of draft speculation season. Before the prospects are poked and prodded, though, staff writer Matt Vensel has taken his first crack at predicting the first round of April's NFL draft. (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. [Blogger's note: Here's the mock draft in photo gallery form if you're a fan of bright, shiny pictures.]
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By Mike Preston and Matt Vensel | April 26, 2012
In advance of the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston gives his take on six college prospects who are linked to the Ravens   in the latest mock drafts from prominent national analysts. --- Peter Schrager, FOXSports.com: Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama. “Hightower played both inside and outside linebacker at Alabama and was also used at DE in some sub-packages. Ray Lewis isn't getting any younger and there still isn't an eventual “replacement” in-house.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
A week into free agency, all of the marquee players have been snatched up and few household names remain on the open market. Most teams, including the Ravens, have filled important needs, which could change their priorities when it comes to the NFL draft, which is still a couple months away. The world-wide web of NFL draft analysts, always ready to mock, has already reacted to a week's worth of moves, releasing updated mock drafts to reflect the free-agent frenzy that started last Tuesday.
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By Matt Vensel | February 11, 2014
The NFL scouting combine is in a couple of weeks, unofficially starting the league's silly season. But even though the NFL draft is still three long months away, draft analysts continue to update their mock drafts.   The last time I rounded up a few notable mock drafts, back in early January , many draft analysts linked the Ravens to Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans, whose size and strong hands could make him a fit. This time around, I read several mock drafts that had the Ravens taking Evans with their first-round pick.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
The NFL draft is four months away -- it got bumped back to May this year -- and the college football season just wrapped up. But that hasn't stopped some draft analysts from putting out early mock drafts. (It may seem a little too early to start thinking about all that, but the insatiable demand for draft information is undeniable. Watch. This blog post will be one of the most-clicked items on our website by lunchtime.) General manager Ozzie Newsome said Wednesday that the Ravens will be looking for bigger, stronger offensive linemen, a sure-handed wide receiver and an athletic safety during the offseason.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2013
Projecting baseball's annual amateur draft is often tougher than the other major sports. And it's certainly a more daunting task to predict whom the Orioles will select with their top pick now that they're in the unfamiliarly late territory of No. 22. But that won't stop the experts from trying. Here's a look at what some of the national mock drafts are predicting for the Orioles' first-round selection Thursday night: ** ESPN's Keith Law has the Orioles taking Jacksonville right-hander Chris Anderson in version 3.0 of his popular mock.
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