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Kiper gives Ravens' draft class his highest grade (plus Newsome comments)

ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. released his draft grades today, and the Ravens were affixed atop the list as one of three teams awarded an A-minus for their draft haul. As a quick refresher, Baltimore selected Florida safety Matt Elam with its first-round pick, 32nd overall. The Ravens followed with Kansas State linebacker Arthur Jones in the second round and Division II defensive tackle

Ravens continue to add on final day of NFL draft (that's a wrap)

The Ravens started their third day of the draft with back-to-back fourth-round picks, taking Ohio State defensive end John Simon 129th overall and Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk 130th. Simon isn't a physical specimen for a defensive lineman, listed as 6-foot-1 and 257 pounds. But it's his intangibles that make him such a draw. He was just the eighth two-time captain in Ohio State history and,

Ravens take LB Arthur Brown in second round (and DT Brandon Williams in third round)

The Ravens saw Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown still available as the later stages of the second round approached and pulled off a trade to make sure they nabbed him. Baltimore acquired the 56th overall pick from Seattle for their second-round pick (No. 62), as well as a fifth-rounder (No. 165) and a sixth-rounder (No. 199) this year. Hall of Fame elect Jonathan Ogden made

Florida coach Will Muschamp believes Elam has bright future with Ravens

Florida coach Will Muschamp took a few minutes to speak with the Baltimore media this morning about Ravens first-round pick Matt Elam. The former Gators safety made quite an impression on Muschamp, who sees Elam having a bright future. "I think he'll be very successful," Muschamp said. "Matt is extremely intelligent. He can play multiple positions. He can do a lot of things for you.

Elam out to prove he's "best college safety" in this draft

Matt Elam expected to be off the board by the time the Ravens picked. He didn't get the vibe that he'd be headed to Baltimore. Maybe Carolina or Cincinnati, but not the Ravens. Yet, it was Baltimore that saved him from falling to the second round, taking him at No. 32 Thursday, and Elam said he now has something to show the rest of the

Ravens select Florida safety Matt Elam with first-round pick (with quotes)

The Ravens have selected Florida safety Matt Elam with their 2013 first-round pick. Baltimore had linebacker Manti Te'o and wideout Robert Woods available to them at No. 32, but opted to go with a safety. Update: The 5-foot-10 Elam comes to the Ravens after spending three years with the Gators. He played in 39 games at Florida, starting his last 26 at strong safety. Noted

Ravens not concerned about Te'o's character

Ever since Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o struggled at the scouting combine and his stock fell toward the end of the first round, there has been speculation that the Ravens could take him. It would be a logical fit with Ray Lewis retiring. But might there be off-field concerns about character and intangibles following his much-publicized episode with a fictional girlfriend? General manager Ozzie Newsome

Ravens ready for "very important" draft as they rebuild foundation

Tonight, the Ravens begin perhaps the most important step in their process of building their team back up after spending a decent chunk of the offseason tearing it down. As the likes of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed have departed, a new era of football in Baltimore is on the way. And while the faces will be Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Terrell Suggs and Elvis

How likely is it that Ravens trade first-rounder or other picks?

The NFL draft is a day away, and this is an important one for the Ravens as they're in a period of transition. Baltimore has 12 picks in this year's draft, with their first-rounder coming in at No. 32 overall. It's logical to speculate about how the Ravens will use that selection. Will they take a linebacker? A wide receiver? An offensive lineman? A safety?

Rolando McClain arrested again

Linebacker Rolando McClain, the Ravens' most recent signing, was arrested again in Decatur, Ala., on Sunday night. This time, the 23-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to AL.com. McClain was released on $1,000 bond. This marks his third arrest since 2011, and further brings his character into question after he was suspended by the Raiders for the final two games last

Ravens announce 2013 schedule, to open at Denver

While the Ravens won't get the honor of hosting the NFL opener as the Super Bowl champ, they will be a part of it, beginning the 2013 season at Denver on Thursday, Sept. 5. The Ravens announced their schedule tonight and it includes four nationally televised games, including two Thursday night affairs. Other than the opener at the Broncos, Baltimore will be visited by the

Newsome on Ravens' offseason overhaul

The Ravens' offseason started with fans expressing feelings of panic, but that has since given way to hope. Baltimore lost several key veterans from its Super Bowl champion team - cutting some, letting others leave via free agency, trading another and watching two retire. Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin, Matt Birk, Dannell Ellerbe, Bernard Pollard, Cary Williams, Paul Kruger and Brendon Ayanbadejo are all

Ravens sign quarterback Caleb Hanie, notes on McKinnie and more

The Ravens held their annual media luncheon this afternoon, and over the next 1 1/2 weeks, be sure to visit the blog for a series of stories previewing the NFL draft, which runs from April 25-27. Today, we'll start with an assortment of mini-updates off of today's four-man panel press conference with general manager Ozzie Newsome, assistant GM Eric DeCosta, director of college scouting Joe

Ravens continue defensive overhaul, add linebacker Rolando McClain

The Ravens have added yet another piece to their new-look defense, reportedly agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with former Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain. For the first time in the process of overhauling the unit, Baltimore is bringing in a player with serious baggage. The 23-year-old has been arrested twice since 2011 - once for charges in relation to a shooting in Decatur, Ala.,

Ravens announce preliminary 2013 preseason schedule

The Ravens released their preliminary 2013 preseason schedule Thursday afternoon, as both the first and final contests of the four-game exhibition slate are not yet finalized. Baltimore opens the preseason at Tampa Bay, but the date and time of the game are not yet determined. The Ravens then host the Atlanta Falcons at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 15. Baltimore follows with a nationally

Ravens cut Brendon Ayanbadejo (team makes move official)

Brendon Ayanbadejo became a staple of the Ravens' special teams, the player most commonly disrupting a return or bursting through for a tackle. And now he'll be doing it elsewhere. The Ravens have released Ayanbadejo after five years with the club, according to multiple outlets. The 36-year-old played 62 of his 142 career games with Baltimore, and tweeted his farewell to the team this evening:

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