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SUPER BOWL WATCH: Super indeed, Baltimore's joy

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SUPER BOWL WATCH: Super indeed, Baltimore's joy

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Around the Super Bowl and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of everything surrounding the game:

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WHAT A GAME! SUPER BOWL SUPER INDEED

This year's Super Bowl sure lived up to its name.

With a power outage, a record kickoff return, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scoring flurry and the biggest goal-line stand of Ray Lewis' long career, the Baltimore Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers was so wacky and thrilling it even made folks briefly forget about the Harbaughs.

Until John shoved a photographer to get to his little brother, that is.

The game had all the makings of a yawner in the first half, as the Ravens steamrolled San Francisco to a 21-6 lead. When Jacoby Jones returned the opening kick of the second half 108 yards for another Baltimore touchdown, most folks at home headed for the kitchen, happy to have seen Beyonce's Destiny's Child reunion and leaving their TVs on just so they could see the commercials. (To recap: Chrysler and the Clydesdale were warm-and-fuzzy, GoDaddy.com was just gross and most of the rest were forgettable - many were released in advance, anyway.)

Then the power went out. And the game's entire mojo changed. Fitting, considering this is New Orleans.

The 49ers that could only manage two field goals in the first half went on a scoring frenzy, ripping off 23 points in a little over 12 minutes. When they reached the Baltimore 5 yard line just before the two-minute warning, the unprecedented comeback was almost complete.

Right. Like this game was going to get wrapped up that easily.

The Ravens defense stopped quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers not once, not twice, but three times, forcing them to turn the ball over on downs. Then Baltimore tried to run the clock out - literally. Did you see punter Sam Koch run around the end zone like he was playing a game of keep away? San Francisco wound up with a safety, but did nothing with the final kickoff.

The Ravens ran onto the field, the confetti fell and, just like that, it was done.

Four hours and 14 minutes has never been so much fun.

- Nancy Armour -http://www.twitter.com/nrarmour

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REPEAT? 14-1 ODDS, VEGAS SAYS

So now that the Baltimore Ravens are NFL champs, what are the odds they'll do it again?

According to sports books in Las Vegas, 14 to 1.

Casinos put up lines for next year's championship immediately following the Super Bowl.

The San Francisco 49ers are actually a bigger favorite to win it all next year, 8 to 1, tied with the Denver Broncos. New England is the overall favorite.

- Oskar Garcia -http://twitter.com/oskargarcia

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QUICKQUOTE: VERNON DAVIS

While the Baltimore Ravens can revel in their Super Bowl win for the next few months, the San Francisco 49ers are already looking ahead.

``We've always got next year, we've got next season,'' tight end Vernon Davis said. ``May as well look forward to next season.''

- Nancy Armour -http://www.twitter.com/nrarmour

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KAEP: LAST PLAY WAS AUDIBLE

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick came just short of leading the 49ers to an unprecedented Super Bowl comeback.

But with three chances to take the lead needing 5 yards for a touchdown, Kaepernick had three straight incompletions.

All three passes were intended for wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who got tangled up with a defender on the final play. No holding was called - 49ers coach Harbaugh screamed from the sideline and signaled for a penalty.

Kaepernick's off-balance throw under pressure on fourth down sailed through the end zone. He lowered his head slightly and walked slowly off the field.

``That wasn't the original option,'' Kaepernick said. ``It's something I audibled to at the line based on the look they gave us.''

- Janie McCauley -http://twitter.com/JanieMcCAP

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QUICKQUOTE: RAY RICE

Ray Rice wants diamonds in his Super Bowl ring. Lots and lots of them.

``I want to light up like a chandelier when I turn off the light,'' the Baltimore Ravens running back bellowed, urging Ray Lewis to ask Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti for some bling in their rings.

Rice finished with 59 yards on 20 carries in Baltimore's 34-31 victory over San Francisco.

- Nancy Armour -http://www.twitter.com/nrarmour

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DAHLBERG: ADVANTAGE, JOHN

AP national sports columnist Tim Dahlberg just filed his latest dispatch on what he calls ``the strangest Super Bowl you will ever see.''

An excerpt:

If football is a game of momentum, the San Francisco 49ers probably deserved a better fate. It took a blackout to get them going, only to have some pedestrian play calling with the game on the line finally finish them off.

This wasn't two coaching geniuses at their best, not even close. Their father, Jack, surely saw that from the stands, where he and his wife, Jackie, spent more than four hours trying their hardest not to root either way as their sons went up against each other on the biggest stage in football.

One, though, was better than the other, and in the end that was why the Ravens were holding the Lombardi trophy aloft in celebration while the 49ers filed quietly off the field.

Advantage, John.

Read the whole column here:http://bit.ly/VJYQX4

- Tim Dahlberg -http://twitter.com/timdahlberg

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QUICKQUOTE: MICHAEL CRABTREE

With the lead, and the Super Bowl victory, right there in front of them as they lined up on the Baltimore 5 yard line, the San Francisco 49ers could think of only one thing.

``Make a play,'' receiver Michael Crabtree said. ``All we needed to do is get in the end zone. We were that close to the Super Bowl title, and we fell short.''

The Baltimore Ravens defense stopped the 49ers for no gain on three straight downs, ending San Francisco's title hopes.

- Nancy Armour -http://www.twitter.com/nrarmour

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POWER SYSTEM `ABNORMALITY'

Officials say the Superdome power outage during the Super Bowl was triggered by an ``abnormality'' in the power system.

That triggered an automatic shutdown and forced backup systems to kick in, officials said about two hours after the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.

But officials still aren't sure what caused the initial problem.

A joint statement from Entergy New Orleans, which provides power to the stadium, and Superdome operator SMG gives a chain of events.

The problem started at the spot where Entergy feeds power into the stadium's lines, and occurred shortly after Beyonce's halftime show with extravagant lighting and video effects.

``A piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system,'' the statement said. ``Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue. ... Entergy and SMG will continue to investigate the root cause of the abnormality.''

The FBI has ruled out terrorism.

The concourses didn't go totally dark thanks to auxiliary power.

- Paul Newberry -http://twitter.com/pnewberry1963

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BROTHERLY RIVALS

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh says he's happy but partly hurting for his brother Jim after beating the 49ers coach in the Super Bowl.

``I just love him, obviously. I think anybody out there who has a brother can understand. I just believe in him and I have so much respect for him. I admire him. I look up to him in so many ways and I am hurting for him in that sense,''

John Harbaugh didn't seem surprised that San Francisco nearly came back after being down big before a power outage delayed the game 34 minutes.

``I just knew with Jim Harbaugh being on the other sideline and all of those years we have been together that game was going to be a dog fight right to the end,'' John Harbaugh said. ``Those guys were coming back. There's no greater competitor and no greater coach in the National Football League or in the world, as far as I'm concerned, than Jim Harbaugh. The way that team played proves it. ... That is who he is and that is who they are. I could not be more proud of him.''

John Harbaugh said that after the game he simply told Jim, younger by 18 months, that he loved him, and that Jim congratulated him.

- Brett Martel -http://twitter.com/brettmartel

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QUICKQUOTE: PATRICK WILLIS

``The clock hitting zero.''

- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis on the worst part of the 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Sunday night's Super Bowl.

- Nancy Armour -http://www.twitter.com/nrarmour

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STAT CHECK: ATTENDANCE

Attendance at Sunday's Super Bowl: 71,024.

No word if that includes the electricians they had to bring in.

- Nancy Armour -http://www.twitter.com/nrarmour

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SF FANS CALM IN DEFEAT

Fans in San Francisco seem to be relatively calm in Super Bowl defeat.

Not like when the Giants won the World Series in late October. Back then, a city but was set on fire, cars were overturned and bonfires lit up trash containers and streets. About three dozen people were arrested.

But despite a large number of people on sidewalks, most appeared to be well-behaved in the Mission District after the 49ers lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens. Police declined to say how many arrests had been made.

``City-wide, everything seemed to be pretty good,'' Officer Carlos Manfredi said. ``We did have a couple of flare-ups in the Mission District but otherwise everyone seemed to be behaving themselves.''

- John S. Marshall

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M-V-P! M-V-P! FLACCO NO ORDINARY JOE

Joe Flacco won't have to do much negotiating after this.

The Baltimore Ravens' low-key quarterback put off talks on a new contract until after the season. Now when he and the Ravens sit down, all he'll have to do is show off his Super Bowl MVP trophy.

``It's cool,'' Flacco said after Baltimore's 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. ``We just won a Super Bowl. That's the last thing I'm concerned about. But (owner Steve Bisciotti) did let me know that if that day came, I could go beat on his desk and really put it to him.

``So that's exactly what I'm going to do.''

Flacco capped a perfect postseason, throwing three touchdown passes in the first half to stake the Ravens to a lead they would never relinquish. When the 49ers made a furious comeback after a power outage interrupted the third quarter for 34 minutes, Flacco was cool and controlled.

Let the Niners make their run, he almost seem to say, we'll hold our own.

``You've seen these guys do it,'' Flacco said. ``They have the ability to score and to score quickly, and that's what they did.''

But the Ravens defense made a spectacular stand late in the fourth quarter, stopping San Francisco not once, not twice, but three times on the Baltimore 5. A safety gave San Francisco one last chance, but the Ravens went hard after Colin Kaepernick again, and his last-gasp pass was way off the mark.

Flacco finished 22-of-33 for 287 yards. He didn't throw an interception - didn't throw one the entire postseason, to be precise. His 11 touchdowns in the postseason matched a record set by Joe Montana.

``That's pretty cool,'' Flacco said. ``Joe Montana is my favorite quarterback so it's pretty cool.''

So is being the Super Bowl MVP.

Truth is, the trophy could have gone to a number of the Ravens. But Flacco is happy to have it.

``They have to give it to one guy,'' Flacco said, laughing. ``I'm not going to complain that I got it.''

- Nancy Armour -http://www.twitter.com/nrarmour

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BALTIMORE PARADE TUESDAY

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tells local TV station WBAL-TV that the city will hold a parade Tuesday to honor the NFL champion Ravens.

Rawlings-Blake said Sunday night in a live interview from New Orleans that the parade will start at City Hall and end at the Ravens' stadium.

Right now, she's celebrating - dancing and singing alongside fans.

``The Baltimore Ravens once again demonstrated strength, poise, and perseverance as they prevailed in Super Bowl XLVII,'' she said in a statement.

- Jessica Gresko -http://twitter.com/jessicagresko

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PANETTA AND HOLDER

Recently seen leaving the Super Bowl: outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Attorney General Eric Holder.

When asked who he was rooting for, Panetta gave an angst smile and said: ``The 49ers.''

San Francisco lost to Baltimore, 34-31.

- Nekesa Mumbi Moody -http://twitter.com/nekesamumbi

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SUPERDOME STAFF APOLOGIZES

Superdome spokesman Eric Eagan is apologizing for the power outage that disrupted the Super Bowl.

He says technical staff were working more than an hour after the outage to determine what caused it, but still didn't know.

``We sincerely apologize for the incident,'' Eagan said.

The outage was a big glitch for New Orleans in its first Super Bowl since the city has rebuilt from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The 38-year-old Superdome has undergone $336 million in renovations since Katrina ripped its roof in 2005. Billions have been spent sprucing up downtown, the airport, French Quarter and other areas of the city in the past seven years.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu called the power outage unfortunate in an otherwise smooth week.

``In the coming days, I expect a full after action report from all parties involved. For us, the Super Bowl isn't over until the last visitor leaves town, so we're focused on continuing to show our visitors a good time,'' Landrieu said.

New Orleans is trying to get back to being a regular stop in the Super Bowl rotation, and has announced it will bid on the 2018 game.

That would coincide with the 300th anniversary of the city's founding.

- Paul Newberry -http://twitter.com/pnewberry1963

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QUICKQUOTE: JIM HARBAUGH

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is taking his team's 34-31 Super Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens hard.

He raised several questions about calls and non-calls made by the officials, but said ``We want to handle this with class and grace.

``Had several opportunities in the game. Didn't play our best game. Ravens made a lot of plays,'' he said. ``Our guys battled back to get back in it. We competed and battled to win.''

- Brett Martel -http://twitter.com/brettmartel

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LEWIS CAPS CAREER

Ray Lewis has capped his career as a champion, leaning on teammates in the Super Bowl to but a lovely bow on his 17th NFL season.

As he clutched the Lombardi Trophy, Lewis said: ``It's simple: When God is for you, who can be against you?''

``It's no greater way, as a champ, to go out on your last ride with the men that I went out with, with my teammates. And you looked around this stadium and ... Baltimore! Baltimore! We coming home, baby! We did it!'' he said.

Lewis, 37, had only two solo tackles through the first three quarters and struggled covering receivers. But he made two tackles during San Francisco's final drive, and pressured Kaepernick on a blitz on the 49ers' final offensive play.

- David Ginsburg

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PARTY STARTS IN CHARM CITY

The Super Bowl party has begun in the streets of Baltimore, with fans hugging and cheering to celebrate the Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

They're wearing purple-feathered boas and team jerseys, and celebrating a win for team leader Ray Lewis, the linebacker who's the only player who started with the team when it came to Baltimore in 1996.

Darren Love, 40, says the celebration is ``90 percent for Ray, 10 percent for the city of Baltimore.''

- Jessica Gresko -http://twitter.com/jessicagresko

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HARBAUGHS EMBRACE

The brothers' greeting wasn't emotional, and wasn't long. Just a handshake and quick hug.

``He said, `Congratulations,''' Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of his brother, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

The exchange lasted less than 5 seconds, well under the line set by many offshore casinos taking action on the embrace, according to gambling expert R.J. Bell of Pregame.com.

Sports books - though not those in Las Vegas, which don't allow these kinds of prop bets - originally pegged the greeting at 7 1/2 seconds but the line was bet down to 5 1/2 seconds.

- Oskar Garcia -http://twitter.com/oskargarcia

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QUICKQUOTE: ROGER GOODELL

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had the title trophy in his hands, and immediately congratulated Baltimore's supporters on the Ravens' Super Bowl win over San Francisco.

``OK, Baltimore fans, this is what you're waiting for. Five straight playoffs appearances and now you've reached the mountaintop,'' Goodell said.

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IT'S OVER! RAVENS WIN 34-31

The Harbaughs need to host the Super Bowl every year.

John Harbaugh has bragging rights on little brother Jim after his Baltimore Ravens withstood a furious second-half comeback by the San Francisco 49ers in what has to be the wackiest Super Bowl ever. Trailing 28-6 when a power outage interrupted the second half for 34 minutes, the Niners reeled off 23 points in 12 minutes and 20 seconds to make a game of it.

But with the ball on the Baltimore 5 and a chance for the Niners to take their first lead of the night, the Baltimore defense got downright nasty. They blitzed Colin Kaepernick on fourth down, forcing him to throw a bad pass.

A Baltimore safety gave San Francisco one last chance. But Colin Kaepernick's last-gasp pass sailed way over the head of any receiver, and the Ravens rushed the field as confetti began falling from the Superdome ceiling.

John Harbaugh pushed a photographer out of the way to get to his brother, and the two exchanged a quick hug before Jim Harbaugh headed off the field.

- Nancy Armour -http://www.twitter.com/nrarmour

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2017 NFL Draft: Final Mock Draft Thoughts

2017 NFL Draft: Final Mock Draft Thoughts

The time is here.

The 2017 NFL Draft, round one.

Thursday. My 11th and final mock draft, completed.

Before getting into all the picks, here are some final thoughts:

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  • Here are the five players that could really, really screw up my grand plans: QB Mitch Trubisky, ILB Reuben Foster, CB Marlon Humphrey, WR Corey Davis, S Jabrill Peppers. Why? Trubisky is the likely first passer selected. I’d bet the Browns land him with their second first-round selection. It just probably won’t be at 12. That means a trade up. Whether it’s the Jaguars (4), Titans (5) or Jets (6) makes a major difference in how the selections might unfold. Foster is a top-10 talent who some suggest could slide out of round 1 altogether because of various injury/off-field concerns. Humphrey might be the third corner selected. When he comes off the board, a run on corners begins. Does that run begin at 18 or 28? Last month Davis had top-10 projections. Because he hasn’t been able to work out for teams due to injuries, his range is now 10-30. Peppers is a big favorite for many talent evaluators, but where he plays every-down in the NFL is the concern

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  • Yes, we all know that the Redskins need defensive line help. Don’t freak out if that doesn’t happen on Day 1. There simply are not many (any?) viable options projected in the 15-35 range. Better they take talent for other need areas than reach. Oh, they also might have an issue in the second round for similar reasons. Cheers!
     
  • Speaking of strengths and weaknesses, teams seeking cornerback, safety, edge rusher and tight end love the first two rounds of this draft. Those hoping for offensive line, defensive and wide receiver are hoping for the best.

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  • For the last 10 mocks I’ve changed the selections for 30 slots numerous times. Two remain the same. Cleveland taking Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garett No.1 – and the Los Angeles Chargers going with Ohio State safety Malik Hooker. The former is clear; one league source told me he’s the best OLB prospect since Lawrence Taylor. As for Hooker, it just made sense from the jump in a Beautiful Mind sort of way.

 

  • If you make me pick a surprise for the top 10 – quarterbacks don’t count – give me Washington receiver John Ross, i.e. the guy who ran the fastest 40-time in the history of the NFL Combine. Teams picking 6-10 all need receivers.

 

  • The “Best Player Available vs. Need” debate is real with the Denver Broncos and New York Giants. Everyone acknowledges both need help at offensive tackle, badly. Viable players – Garret Bolles, Ryan Ramczyk, Cam Robinson – will start going off the board in that range. They just won’t be the best player available. The Broncos and Giants also need a tight end and Miami’s David Njoku could be there. Decisions, decisions.

 

  • Based on likely scenarios – meaning Jonathan Allen, Haason Reddick and Christian McCaffrey aren’t available -- here are the five players I like best for the Redskins at 17: Alabama ILB Reuben Foster, UCLA OLB Takk McKinley, G Forrest Lamp, WR John Ross, Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey.

 

  • Potential slider? Not saying I buy it, but Florida State running back Dalvin Cook slipping to Day 2 is something to consider. If you think Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is some top 10 lock

 

  • The Ravens, barring the unforeseen in front of them, will take one of these players: WR Corey Davis, OL Cam Robinson, edge rusher Derek Barnett/Takk McKinley.

 

  • Three players I like for the Redskins in round 2: Utah safety Marcus Williams, Michigan DL Chris Wormley, Houston pass rusher Tyus Bowser.

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Ok, here are my 1-32 picks.

Click here for my thoughts on each selection and the entire second round.

1. CLE — Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
2. SF — Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
3. CHI — Jamal Adams, SS, LSU
4. JAX — Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
5. TEN (via LA) — Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
6. NYJ — O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
7. LAC — Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
8. CAR — Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
9. CIN — Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
10. BUF — Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
11. NO — Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple
12. CLE (via PHI) — Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
13. ARI — Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
14. PHI (via MIN) — Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
15. IND — Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
16. BAL — Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama
17. WAS — Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
18. TEN — John Ross, WR, Washington
19. TB — Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
20. DEN — Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
21. DET — Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri
22. MIA — Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
23. NYG — David Njoku, TE, Miami (Fla.)
24. OAK — Jarrad Davis, MLB, Florida
25. HOU — Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
26. SEA — Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
27. KC — Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
28. DAL — Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
29. GB — Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
30. PIT — Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
31. ATL — T.J Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
32. NO (Via NE) — Kevin King, CB, Washington

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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: Looks like Baltimore's getting a new wide receiver

Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: Looks like Baltimore's getting a new wide receiver

This is it. It’s finally the week of the 2017 NFL Draft, signaling the end to all of the mock drafts and educated guesses about which move your favorite team will make in the first round.

As for the Baltimore Ravens, there are a number of different directions they could go — add some youth to their receivers, buff up their defensive line or pull a move that could surprise everyone.

With the countdown to the NFL Draft now down to days, here’s a look at which players draft experts and analysts think the Ravens will take with their No. 16 first-round pick.

 

Corey Davis, WR from Western Michigan

Ben Standig, CSN Mid-Atlantic: He argues the Ravens need to prioritize their receiving unit to give Joe Flacco more consistent opens.

“The 6-foot-3 Davis wasn't just a receiver in 2016. We're talking playmaking monster after catching 97 passes for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns.”

But he also offers up the idea of an edge rusher for the Ravens too.

See Ben Standig's complete 2017 NFL Mock Draft 10.0

Chris Wormley, DE from Michigan

Cameron DaSilva, FOX Sports: Although he asserts Wormley deserves to be a first-round pick somewhere, the Raven’s No. 16 pick could be a bit too high but thinking he’ll still be around by the team’s second-round pick at 47 is “risky.”

“Often overshadowed by other playmakers on Michigan’s defense (Taco Charlton, Jabrill Peppers), Wormley is a great player in his own right, and fits perfectly as a 3-4 defensive end. He can eat up blocks on the edge for Terrell Suggs and Baltimore’s other dynamic pass rushers, while also generating pressure himself.”

Mike Williams, WR from Clemson

Rob Rang, CBS Sports: With the losses of Steve Smith, Sr. and Kamar Aiken, he’s not the only one to point out the Ravens need someone Flacco can rely on, and Williams might be it.

“The Ravens need help at edge rusher and offensive tackle, as well, but general manager Ozzie Newsome may have a hard time letting a prototypical split end like the 6-4, 218-pound Williams slip any further. His ability to box out defenders and win contested passes could make him a quick favorite for Joe Flacco…”

Corey Davis, WR form Western Michigan

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: His argument is quite simple.

“At some point, they have to get Joe Flacco more help outside. This is a player who will end up being the best receiver in this class.”

Cam Robinson, OT from Alabama

Chad Reuter, NFL.com: No matter what’s left by the time the Ravens’ pick rolls around, he argues Baltimore will find someone for the O-Line.

“If Buffalo takes this physically dominant tackle from Alabama at 10, then Ozzie Newsome will find another bargain here.”

 O.J. Howard, TE from Alabama 

Evan Silva, Yahoo Sports: In a year of stand-out tight ends, he asserts this might be the right move for the Ravens.

"Tight ends ordinarily do not make first-year impacts, and the depth of the class could work against the top-end talents. At No. 16, however, I think Howard would be too appealing for GM Ozzie Newsome to pass. 2015 second-round pick Maxx Williams has been a colossal disappointment, and Dennis Pitta is on his last legs. Howard is the pro-readiest tight end in this class." 

John Ross, WR from Washington

Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report: His point is to basically have the Ravens strengthen their offense so it’s reliable and they can leave it alone while working to improve other areas.

“So fast. So record-shatteringly fast. Can also run routes and catch and stuff.”

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