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Feb 15, 2017
20 Best Free Agent signings in Ravens history

20 Best Free Agent signings in Ravens history

The Baltimore Ravens have accomplished tremendous success over their 21 seasons. The team boasts a 54-percent overall winning percentage, is 15-8 all time in the postseason and has earned a pair of unforgettable Super Bowl victories. A strong case can be made that the top dozen players in franchise history were all homegrown products drafted by the Ravens. Nevertheless, free agent acquisitions have played an important part in the organization’s history. Here are the 20 best free agents ever signed by the Ravens, in terms of their contributions while playing for Baltimore: 20. Steve...
Feb 15, 2017
Should the Ravens sign Tony Jefferson or Jahleel Addae?

Should the Ravens sign Tony Jefferson or Jahleel Addae?

Last offseason Baltimore struck gold when they signed veteran free agent Eric Weddle. Could history repeat itself? Tony Jefferson is set to be a free agent this offseason and Baltimore could use his services. Jefferson playing alongside Weddle would bring the Ravens one step closer to fixing their secondary. Jefferson will be entering his fifth NFL season. He is a young, talented strong safety but his price range could take him out of consideration. The Cardinals are definitely going to try to re-sign Jefferson. Arizona also has twice as much salary cap space as Baltimore this off-season....
Feb 14, 2017
Ravens officially announce new coaching moves

Ravens officially announce new coaching moves

The Baltimore Ravens have experienced some unexpected shake ups within their coaching staff over the past few weeks, and have now officially announced they've stabilized their back-end braintrust in accordance with a few of those losses. Ravens officially announce coaching moves that have been previously reported. Chris Hewitt is secondary coach. Mike Macdonald is DBs coach— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) February 14, 2017 This puts an end to the search for a replacement of Leslie Frazier, who departed in a somewhat surprising move to join Sean McDermott’s new staff in Buffalo. A...
Feb 14, 2017
2017 NFL Draft prospects: love/hate Valentines Day edition

2017 NFL Draft prospects: love/hate Valentines Day edition

In January, Vasilis Lericos and I published our first NFL prospect love/hate. What better day to come out with out second edition than on Valentines Day. The prospects are broken down into four groups: skill, offensive line, defensive front and secondary. Skill Love Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina Jones may have been the biggest winner from the Senior Bowl. While the majority of his big plays didn’t count (due to penalties away from the play and the lack of replay review at the Senior Bowl), Jones proved his incredible playmaking ability. Jones is physical, as shown in his willingness to...
Feb 14, 2017
Ravens DT Brandon Williams on the franchise tag: “Just want to play football.”

Ravens DT Brandon Williams on the franchise tag: “Just want to play football.”

Williams joined Sirius XM NFL Radio to discuss his future. The Baltimore Ravens top free agent heading into the offseason is defensive tackle Brandon Williams. Williams is a monster of a man and one of the Ravens biggest run-stuffers up front on the defensive line. With free agency quickly approaching, more moves and cuts are being made to open up cap space for every NFL team to make a move for someone like Williams, who will command top dollar next month. Williams was on Sirius XM NFL Radio to talk about his impending free agency. He even discussed the possibility of playing under the...
Feb 14, 2017
With the 47th overall pick, the Baltimore Ravens select...

With the 47th overall pick, the Baltimore Ravens select...

A lot of talk has been about the first-round draft pick for Baltimore, rightfully so, but how about the second-round? The second-round has been relatively successful for Baltimore in recent years. Here is a few of the Ravens second round draft picks since 2008; Timmy Jernigan, Kelechi Osemele, Torrey Smith, Paul Kruger and Ray Rice. Now, onto this years potential second-round draft pick. This is all dependent on who the Ravens select in the first round. If Baltimore selects a cornerback, which I think they will, than the Ravens will select WR JuJu Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster is a big,...
Feb 14, 2017
ICYMI: New York Giants release Victor Cruz, should the Ravens bring him in?

ICYMI: New York Giants release Victor Cruz, should the Ravens bring him in?

The Ravens should look into the salsa dancing slot receiver The New York Giants have parted ways with a player who was a key factor in winning the franchise’s most recent Super Bowl championship. That player would be slot wide receiver Victor Cruz who broke onto the scene in 2011 after a year of middling on the Giants’ roster as a former undrafted free agent. The last few years in New York were rough for the receiver as injuries continually kept him off the field, and his eventual replacement, Odell Beckham Jr., essentially ensured that his presence on the field wasn’t really...
Feb 13, 2017
Impending free agent OT Rick Wagner rebuffs Ravens initial offer

Impending free agent OT Rick Wagner rebuffs Ravens initial offer

The Ravens have made an offer to the 27 year old tackle A few Baltimore Ravens will soon be facing free agency, and that means that the team must face the unfortunate reality that they can't afford to keep everyone they would like to. They were reminded of this when they’re initial offer to re-sign right tackle Ricky Wagner was rejected by the player. Ravens made an early attempt to get RT Ricky Wagner re-signed. Initial offer was rebuffed. He and Brandon Williams two FAs they want to keep— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 13, 2017 As CBS’s Jason LaCanfora states in...
Feb 13, 2017
Full 3 Round 2017 NFL Mock Draft

Full 3 Round 2017 NFL Mock Draft

Ravens add a pass rusher, cornerback, receiver and center The 2017 NFL draft will begin in 73 days. The draft order is not completely finalized yet, some tiebreakers and compensatory picks are forthcoming, but this mock draft should represent a fair estimation of what the draft order will be on April 27th. The predictions below are based on current prospect rankings, positional team needs, scheme fit and traditional front office preferences; and will hopefully provide a realistic idea of the range for the most desirable players. This three round mock draft will be updated once after the NFL...
Feb 13, 2017
How does Derek Barnett fit the Ravens?

How does Derek Barnett fit the Ravens?

In a draft headlined by elite pass rushers such as Myles Garrett, Tennessee’s Derek Barnett has seemingly become a forgotten man. However, the ultra-productive Barnett very well could be exactly what the Ravens are looking for off of the edge. A profile of Barnett can only start with the numbers he put up during his career as a Vol. In the Music City Bowl against Nebraska, Barnett dropped Huskers quarterback Ryker Fyfe for his 33rd career sack. That sack moved Barnett past a Hall-of-Fame player in Reggie White for first in career sacks at Tennessee. Barnett was named to an All-SEC team...
Feb 13, 2017
3 Ways for the Ravens to improve their drafting

3 Ways for the Ravens to improve their drafting

Honestly, the Baltimore Ravens front office has not drafted particularly well over the last five years. Since the 2013 NFL draft, the Ravens have brought in a pair of potential future Ring of Honor inductees - C.J. Mosley and Ronnie Stanley. Kelechi Osemele, Brandon Williams and Ricky Wagner represent three more Ravens that played at a high level over the course of their rookie contracts. Beyond these five players, the team has not found many above average players in the draft. Quality depth and complimentary players are there, the top end playmakers are not. Compare the 2012-2016 Ravens...
Feb 12, 2017
With the 16th overall pick, the Baltimore Ravens select...

With the 16th overall pick, the Baltimore Ravens select...

After doing several mock drafts and extensive research, the Baltimore Ravens will select Jalen “Teez” Tabor. Tabor is a very talented cornerback out of the University of Florida. Not only will Tabor fill a direct need for Baltimore, but he will also make an immediate impact. It seems like Baltimore will have a couple of different options at pick 16. The other options include Sidney Jones, Takkarist Mckinley, Jabrill Peppers, Malik McDowell and Vidauntae "Taco" Charlton. Tabor’s draft range is really unknown. I have seen various mock drafts that have him selected as high as in the...
Feb 12, 2017
Pro Football Focus grades Tavon Young as the NFL’s third best rookie cornerback

Pro Football Focus grades Tavon Young as the NFL’s third best rookie cornerback

Even though he tweeted that blogs are a joke (based on what I can only imagine is alternative facts), we aren’t going to shy away from the Tavon Young hype here at Baltimore Beatdown. Neither is Pro Football Focus (PFF), as they graded Young as the NFL’s third best rookie cornerback. Top-graded rookie CBs this season James Bradberry, @Panthers, 82.6Jalen Ramsey, @Jaguars, 82.3Tavon Young, @Ravens, 80.3 pic.twitter.com/8hOSr3zLqo— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 7, 2017 Young received an 80.3 overall grade from PFF for his performance in the 2016 season. PFF gave the Temple...
Feb 12, 2017
In his second mock draft, Daniel Jeremiah has the Ravens taking Vidauntae “Taco” Charlton.

In his second mock draft, Daniel Jeremiah has the Ravens taking Vidauntae “Taco” Charlton.

Jeremiah has the prospect going from one Harbaugh to another. With only a few weeks to go before the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, mock drafts by numerous NFL draft analysts will be made to have early projections on where each college prospect will land come draft day. NFL.com's and former Baltimore Ravens college scout Daniel Jeremiah is one of the best out there, and already, he has two early mock drafts out, each having a different draft picks for his former team. In his first mock draft, Jeremiah had the Ravens taking Florida Gators cornerback Quincy Wilson. Now, in his second...
Feb 11, 2017
Should the Ravens test the waters of a stacked cornerback free agent class?

Should the Ravens test the waters of a stacked cornerback free agent class?

To say that the 2017 free agent class at cornerback is stacked may not truly be doing it justice. Look at some of the names set to hit the open market: Malcolm Butler (RFA), A.J. Bouye, Trumaine Johnson, Stephon Gilmore, Prince Amukamara, Morris Claiborne, Ross Cockrell and Logan Ryan. All of these players are 28 years old or younger, and thus, any team that signs one or more of these players will want to lock them up for the foreseeable future. The Ravens are in desperate need of a corner, and management may be willing to look to a corner who has proven himself in the NFL, instead of spin...