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The Baltimore Ravens didn’t have a pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft but thanks to all the teams that passed on former Alabama defensive end, Courtney Upshaw, the Ravens scored first round talent, early in the second round.  In fact, Upshaw may very well turn out to be the steal of

Ravens dismiss assistant strength and conditioning coach

In the midst of all the draft hype and hoopla, the Baltimore Ravens have decided to dismiss their assistant strength and conditioning coach, John Dunn, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun. Dunn, who was hired by head coach John Harbaugh in 2008, built a reputation for producing some of the strongest and best-conditioned [...]

Ravens draft return specialist in fifth round

With their one and only pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens selected Asa Jackson, a cornerback from Cal Poly who can also returns kickoffs. The 5-foot-11, 191-pound Jackson picked off eight passes in four seasons at Cal-Poly. More importantly, he could be the fit the Ravens [...]

Ravens draft safety Christian Thompson with second fourth round pick

With their second pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens selected Christian Thompson, a safety from South Carolina State. The 6-foot, 211-pound Thompson ran the fastest 40-yard dash (4.47 seconds) among safeties at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. The Ravens addressed yet another need with this [...]

Ravens trade out of first round of NFL Draft

For the second time in three years, the Baltimore Ravens traded out of the first round of the NFL Draft. When the Ravens went on the clock with the 29th pick of the draft on Thursday night, they pulled off a trade with the Minnesota Vikings, giving up the 29th pick for Minnesota’s second-round pick [...]

Ravens select CB Asa Jackson in 5th round of draft

The Baltimore Ravens have selected cornerback Asa Jackson in the fifth round of the NFL draft. The 5-foot-10, 191-pound Jackson was a four-year starter at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. He won't be an immediate starter with the Ravens but has the speed to be an instant contributor on special teams. Jackson was chosen 169th overall with one of Baltimore's two compensatory picks...

Ravens don’t select anyone in first round

The Ravens, for the second time in three drafts, traded out of the first round Thursday night. They traded their pick to the Vikings, who selected Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith. The Ravens got the 35th pick, a second-round selection, and the 98th pick, a fourth-round selection, from the Vikings. Alabama linebacker could be there for the taking with the third pick in the second...

Ravens go offense in fourth round

We all knew offensive line was a need for the Ravens heading into this offseason. They’ve now added to their depth with the first fourth-round selection. The Ravens selected Delaware center/guard Gino Gradkowski, a 6-foot-2, 300-pounder, with the 98th overall pick. Gradkowski could play left guard this season while learning under Matt Birk, who is 36 years old. In their first four...

Ravens pick FS SC State FS Thompson in 4th round

The Baltimore Ravens have selected South Carolina State free safety Christian Thompson with the 130th overall pick in the NFL draft. Thompson finished with three interceptions and 140 tackles over his four-year college career. He began as a reserve at Auburn. The compensatory pick was awarded by the NFL to Baltimore because the Jacksonville Jaguars signed former Ravens safely Dawan...

Ravens trade away 29th overall pick in NFL draft

The Ravens traded the 29th overall pick in the NFL draft to the Minnesota Vikings, a move that leaves Baltimore without a first-round selection for the second time in three years. In exchange for the pick, Baltimore received Minnesota's second-round pick - 35th overall - and the Vikings' fourth-rounder (98th overall). Two years ago, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome...

Ravens select Delaware guard Gradkowski in Fourth Round

With the third pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, the Baltimore Ravens selected Delaware guard Gino Gradkowski. The 6-foot-4, 294-pound Gradkowski is the second offensive lineman the Ravens have taken in their first four picks (Kelechi Osemele out of Iowa State was the other). Gradkowski, who transferred to Delaware from [...]

Baltimore Ravens: 2012 NFL Draft Grades

What an interesting draft year 2012 had turned out to be, and that's not even referring to the automatic interest due to football fans finally getting a break from baseball and basketball highlights. Tuning into the NFL draft means seeing an array of faces we as fans have studied, analyzed, sometimes even hoped and prayed for; all to predict where they'd end up. And for...

Ravens pick OLB Courtney Upshaw with 35th overall pick

The highly regarded Alabama OLB Courtney Upshaw is now a Baltimore Raven, a great compliment to any team's defense and should pay dividends early. Let's take a look at our breakdown prior to the draft: 60 Max Videostat Profile: OLB Courtney Upshaw, 6’2, 265 lbs Positives: Upshaw was one of the top players on the best defenses in college football. He’s the...
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