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Who Will The Ravens Take?

hi-res-162768703_display_imageThe 2013 NFL draft will be held Wednesday, April 25th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Ravens hold  the 32nd pick in the first round but they have a history of moving up and down the draft board. In 2010 they moved out of the first round and also did it again last year where they selected Courtney Upshaw with the 35th overall pick. The Ravens moved up to take Joe Flacco in 2008 and moved up again the next year in 2009 to draft tackle Michael Oher. Their biggest need is at safety, Inside linebacker, wide receiver, and left tackle. Here are some possible prospects they can take.

Keenan Allen– 6’2, 206,- He is drawing lots of comparisons to Anquan Bolden. After a great freshman year Allen took his game to another level catching  98 passes for 1,343 yards and six scores, earning First Team All-Pac-12 honors from the conference coaches. He has a long, tapered build with prototypical height for the position. Very good all-around athlete. Good initial quickness, balance and lateral agility.

Matt Elam– 5’10, 208,- A two-year starter as part of the Gators’ secondary, Matt Elam will put forward one of the best highlight reels of any prospect in this class due to his big hits and personality on the field. Plays close to the line of scrimmage or in the box very often. At his best when asked to make a play, either blitzing or one on one on the edge. Frequently assigned to cover the slot receiver.

Kevin Minter– 6’0, 246,- He was a very consistent player over the last two seasons. He led LSU with 111 tackles and 13.5 tackle for losses. Minter disappointed by running a 4.81 40-yard dash at the scouting combine, but he was able to shave that down to the 4.7 range at his pro day.

Jonathan Cyprien– 6’0, 217,- He is one of the best strong safeties in the draft this year. his stock rose on a lot of teams draft board after his strong showing at the Senior Bowl. He is a vocal leader with strong leadership qualities,a physical player, a good athlete, and has very good ball skills.

McClain Arrested Again

rolando-mclain-arrested-570x379Rolando McClain signed with the Defending Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens not even two weeks ago and his future with the team is already in jeopardy. McClain was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Decatur, Alabama on Sunday. This is not his first issue with the law while in the NFL. He was involved in a shooting in Alabama in November 2011 in which he missed time with his former team the Oakland Raiders. In May of 2012 McClain was convicted of four misdemeanors; reckless endangerment, menacing, third-degree assault and firing a gun in the city limits, The charges were dropped after appealing the verdict. On January 8th of this year McClain was arrested and charged with violating rules on car window tint and trying to lie to police about his identity. He was also suspended for the first two games of last season for conduct detrimental to the team and loss his starting job midway through the season. In his three year career with Oakland he had tackles 246 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 1 interception and struggled in pass coverage.

2013-2014 Baltimore Ravens Schedule

23_GamePreview_newsThe NFL released the schedules for the 2013- 2014 season. The Ravens will open up the season on the road against the Denver Broncos who they defeated in the divisional round of the playoffs last season. They have four primtime games this year two on the road and two at home. They also play at home on Thanksgiving against divison rival the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is the second time in the last three seasons playing the night game at home on Thanksgiving. In week three they will host the Houston Texans and it is also the return of former Ravens Ed Reed who spent his his first eleven years in Baltimore. Week 15 they will play on the road on Monday Night Football against the Detroit Lions. In week 16 the Ravens will be at home playing the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. It will be the 5th straight season playing the Patriots and the rematch of the AFC championship game.

Championship Parade In Baltimore

Super Bowl Ravens Celebration FootballThe Superbowl Parade was bigger then expected. Team officials thought about 30,000 fans will show up to the stadium to welcome home the world champs but when over 200,000 showed up and filled the streets of Baltimore they had to lock the stadium with over 80,000 people inside but that didn’t stop some fans some tried to climb to the second level to get a look at the activities inside. Coach John Harbaugh and the players were amazed by the outcome.

Super Bowl Recap

xxx-usp_nfl-_super_bowl_xlvii-baltimore_ravens_vs_san-4_3_r536_c534Super Bowl 47 had it all it had a blowout, a close game, the longest play in super bowl history, a family affair, a controversial call, and even a black out. The game started out perfect for the Ravens forcing two turnovers and having Joe Flacco throwing three early touchdowns who finished going 22/33 with 3 touchdowns and 287 yards and also won MVP. The 49ers were only able to score 6 points in the first half kicking a field goal as the first half expired to make it a 21 to 6 game ring into the half. The Ravens started off the second half with a Superbowl record 108 yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Jacoby Jones. Then the blackout happened that caused a 34 minute delay after the lights came back on trailing 28 to 6 the 49ers started their comeback. After trading punts the 49ers scored 17 unanswered points including a forced fumble on Ray Rice who finished only 59 years on 20 attempts that brought the scored to 28 to 23. After a Ravens field goal Colin Kaepernick who finished 16/28 with a touchdown, a interception and  302 yards drove the 49ers down the field and rushed for a touchdown but failed on the two-point conversion making it a 31- 29 game.The ravens then went on a 6 minute plus drive for a field goal bringing the lead to 5. Only four minutes left in the game the 49ers needed a touchdown to take the lead. after a few plays Frank Gore who finished with 110 yards and a touchdown on 29 attempts had a 33 yard run to Baltimores 7 yard line. After a few incompletions the game came down to a 4th and goal on the 5 yard line. The Ravens brought a blitz forcing a bad throw to the corner of the end zone. The Ravens took the ball and wasted the clock and took a safety which left the game to a punt the the Ravens successfully tackled to return man to win one of the most memorable Super bowl of all time.


World Champs

Super Bowl XLVII - Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ersAfter four straight years of playoff defeats the Baltimore Ravens finally completed there goal and won the Superbowl. This is there 2nd in franchise history. The Ravens went adversity throughout the season including the death of Torrey Smiths brother the night before a game and the injury to Terrell Suggs who torn his achilies in the offseason and was suspected to miss the entire season but he managed to come back in week 7 but to only suffer another injury a torn bicep in week 13 that he played with for the rest of the season. Another injury was to there defensive leader Ray Lewis who tore his triceps in week 6 and was also suspected to miss the rest of the season but return for the playoffs. The Ravens also lost four of their last five games heading in to the playoffs making them not likely to have a chance at the Super Bowl but they overcame all of that to take home the Lombardi trophy.