AP Pro32 ballot from Gosselin

AP Pro32 ballot from Gosselin

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Rick Gosselin of Dallas Morning News:

Week 11

RICK GOSSELIN (Dallas Morning News)

1. Houston Texans - Arian Foster has scored a touchdown in all nine of the Texans' games and is their MVP candidate in an 8-1 season. He has 12 touchdowns in all, 10 rushing and two receiving.

2. Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons may have lost their bid for perfection, but not their grasp on the NFC South. The 8-1 Falcons still have a three-game lead over Tampa Bay and a four-game lead on the Saints.

3. Chicago Bears - The Bears have already intercepted 19 passes this season and forced 30 turnovers. Chicago leads the league in both categories.

4. San Francisco 49ers - The 49ers have allowed the fewest points in the NFL (127) and the fewest yards in the NFC.

5. Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens are an AFC-best 5-0 at home this season and have now won 15 consecutive games there. Three of Baltimore's next four games are on the road, though.

6. Green Bay Packers - The Packers are coming off their bye and frankly, the arm of Aaron Rodgers needed the week off. He has thrown at least 30 passes in all nine of Green Bay's games thus far.

7. New England Patriots - Only five quarterbacks have thrown more passes this season than the 358 of Tom Brady - but none have thrown fewer interceptions (three).

8. Denver Broncos - The Broncos have the best balance in the league this season, ranking third in the NFL in offense and sixth in defense. A player like Peyton Manning makes both sides of the ball better.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers - This was the worst weekend of the NFL season for quarterbacks with four of them knocked from games with injuries: Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers, Jay Cutler of the Bears, Alex Smith of the 49ers and Michael Vick of the Eagles.

10. New York Giants - Eli Manning has gone three games without throwing a touchdown pass for the slumping Giants. He has passed for fewer than 200 yards in two of them. He appears to have a tired arm.

11. Indianapolis Colts - In the six games since Indy's bye, rookie quarterback Andrew Luck has rushed for as many touchdowns (five) as he has thrown.

12. Seattle Seahawks - Thankfully, this is the final weekend of NFL byes. The Seahawks, Giants, Titans and Vikings all have Week 11 off.

13. Minnesota Vikings - Adrian Peterson has scored five touchdowns in the last four weeks and averaged 157.3 yards per game during that stretch.

14. New Orleans Saints - Drew Brees topped 300 yards passing in five of the first six games this season. But he has been under 300 in each of his last three starts.

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Josh Freeman has steered the Bucs to four wins in their last five games to rekindle playoff hopes with a 5-4 record. He has thrown 13 TD passes against just one interception during that stretch.

16. Dallas Cowboys - The Cowboys played six of their first nine games on the road in their 4-5 start. This weekend they begin a three-game homestand and all three are win-able - 2-7 Cleveland, 3-6 Washington and 3-6 Philadelphia.

17. Cincinnati Bengals - Geno Atkins leads all NFL defensive tackles with seven sacks this season. He led all tackles in 2011 as well with 7 ½.

18. Detroit Lions - The Lions play two home games in a span of five days - the Packers on Sunday and Texans on Thanksgiving.

19. San Diego Chargers - Phillip Rivers has thrown nine interceptions and lost three fumbles in the Chargers' five losses this season.

20. Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals have scored the fewest points in the NFC this season. But a top 10 defense has kept them on the periphery of playoff contention at 4-5.

21. Tennessee Titans - The Titans are the only NFL team that has allowed 300 points this season. Chicago put 50 on them, Detroit 40 and five other teams have scored in the 30s.

22. Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins are the only team in the AFC that has scored more touchdowns on the ground (11) than through the air (six).

23. St. Louis Rams - Steven Jackson has rushed for a disappointing 504 yards this season, averaging a paltry 3.7 yards per carry for the 3-5-1 Rams.

24. New York Jets - The Jets are 0-2 against the NFC this season and now head to St. Louis. They are one of the few AFC teams struggling against the other conference in 2012. The NFC holds a 25-16 edge in the series.

25. Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles are knee deep in the longest losing streak of the Andy Reid era (five games). Rookie quarterback (Nick Foles) will make his first NFL start for Philly this week.

26. Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III leads all NFL quarterbacks with 526 yards rushing, six touchdowns and six fumbles.

27. Buffalo Bills - The Bills hired Dave Wannstedt to fix the defense and signed free-agent DE Mario Williams to fix the pass rush. But Buffalo has slid from 26th in the NFL in defense in 2011 to 31st this season.

28. Oakland Raiders - Raiders QB Carson Palmer has thrown an interception in five consecutive games for the fading Raiders.

29. Carolina Panthers - The Panthers are the only team in the NFC that has scored more touchdowns on the ground (nine) than through the air (eight).

30. Cleveland Browns - The Browns, Cardinals, Packers and Redskins all return from byes this week. Cleveland is 7-11 in games following bye weeks.

31. Kansas City Chiefs - Matt Cassel is the only quarterback in the NFL that has thrown an interception in every game he has started.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jaguars have lost six games in a row, including the last three without defending NFL rushing champion Maurice Jones-Drew because of an injury.

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Three things to know about Ravens sixth-round pick Maurice Canady

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Three things to know about Ravens sixth-round pick Maurice Canady

This week, I will profile the Ravens’ 11 draft picks with three things you need to know about them. First up is their final pick, cornerback Maurice Canady from Virginia, who went in Round 6 (209).

Three things about Canady:

1. University of Virginia alumni should be particularly proud of himself.

Canady was the only Virginia player drafted this year, and he extended the school’s streak to 33 straight years of having at least one player selected. He continues the Ravens’ recent connection with Virginia players. Left tackle Eugene Monroe, defensive end Brent Urban, and former defensive end Chris Canty all attended Virginia. Canady is a Richmond, Virginia native, so he’s thrilled to stay on the East coast.

2.  Special teams could be Canady’s ticket to making the team.

The Ravens are looking for game-changing punt returners, and Canady returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown last season.

3. At 6-foot-1, Canady has the height and wingspan NFL teams prefer for cornerbacks.

Canady needs to work on his ball skills – he did not have an interception last season. However, his height is a plus matching up against bigger receivers. Canady had a strong week at the Senior Bowl against elite competition. If he stands out the same way during minicamps and training camp, Canady can carve out a place with the Ravens.

MORE RAVENS: CLIFTON BROWN SAYS DRAFT WAS SOLID, NOT SENSATIONAL

Ozzie Newsome, Ronnie Stanley deny Laremy Tunsil was Ravens' choice before video

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Ozzie Newsome, Ronnie Stanley deny Laremy Tunsil was Ravens' choice before video

OWINGS MILLS -- Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome denied the Ravens were going to pick left tackle Laremy Tunsil over Ronnie Stanley, until the gas mask video of Tunsil appeared on social media prior to the draft.

“No,” Newsome said Saturday night, when asked point blank if Tunsil would have been the Ravens’ choice, absent the video. “There’s a lot of speculation.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Ravens were going to pick Tunsil at No. 6, but picked Stanley instead after the video became public. Tunsil plummeted to No. 13 where the Dolphins took him, costing Tunsil millions of dollars.

Stanley took exception to Schefter’s report, refuting it on Twitter Saturday.

Believe who you want. But the careers of Stanley and Tunsil will now be compared even more, with both the Ravens and Dolphins hoping their rookie left tackle has the better NFL career.

After finishing 5-11 in 2015, and having already dealt with the domestic violence elevator video of former running back Ray Rice in 2014, can you blame the Ravens for passing on Tunsil? The controversy would have hovered over the Ravens and Tunsil -- baggage the Ravens don’t need, and can’t afford.

The Ravens did not shun Tunsil to reach for somebody who had no business being drafted No. 6. Some scouts had Stanley rated over Tunsil even before the video.

“He (Stanley) was right at the top row, with the top row of players,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

Newsome has admitted the Ravens tried to trade up to No. 4 to get defensive back Jalen Ramsey. But the Cowboys stayed put at No. 4 and took running back Ezekiel Elliott. After Ramsey went No. 5 to the Jaguars, the Ravens took Stanley at No. 6.

The fact Newsome was willing to disclose how badly he wanted Ramsey was revealing. Newsome is not worried about protecting Stanley’s feelings. There is already pressure on Stanley, and if he can’t handle that, he is going to struggle anyway.

Remember, Tunsil wasn’t the only top player the Ravens passed on at No. 6. Any of the next five players drafted would have addressed one of the Ravens’ primary needs - defensive end DeForest Buckner (No. 7, left tackle Jack Conklin (No. 8), outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (No. 9), and cornerbacks Eli Apple (No. 10) and Vernon Hargreaves (No. 11).

Stanley’s job is to prove Newsome made the right choice. But Tunsil’s video? That was one video too many for the Ravens.

Ravens draft grade: Solid, not sensational

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Ravens draft grade: Solid, not sensational

After a draft that featured a whopping 11 players, the Ravens should be better, and they are. We’re all guessing at this point, but I’d give them a B grade for this draft. Here are five takeaways Ravens’ which should explain why I like their draft, but can’t love it at this point:

1. The Ravens attacked their need for pass rushers

Unless the Ravens missed in the second-round (OLB Kamalei Correa), the third-round (DE Bronson Kaufusi), and the fifth-round (DE Matt Judon), their pass rush will improve. With those three, along with Elvis Dumervil and Za’Darius Smith, the Ravens can get after quarterbacks even if Terrell Suggs is not the same after his second Achilles injury.

2. Not taking a cornerback sooner could haunt the Ravens

They need corner help, but did not get any until drafting Tavon Young of Temple (fourth-round) and Maurice Canady (sixth round). If those two are slow to develop, the Ravens could find themselves scrambling to find cornerback help in August, especially if there is an injury or two at that position.

3. More playmakers should make the Ravens more explosive

The pass rushers on defense should create more turnovers.  And keep an eye on running back Kenneth Dixon (fourth round) and wide receiver Chris Moore (fourth round). Dixon is shifty, and he has good hands. Moore is a deep threat with superb ball skills. Both have the potential to be Sunday playmakers, not only in 2016, but beyond.

4. Taking either pass rusher Noah Spence or inside linebacker Miles Jack would have given this draft more star potential

After Laremy Tunsil’s gas mask video surfaced, I agreed with the Ravens’ decision to take left tackle Ronnie Stanley at No. 6. But the Ravens may regret passing on both Spence and Jack in the second round. After wide receiver Breshad Perriman missed all of last season with a knee injury, it’s hard to blame the Ravens steering clear of Jack due to his knee issues. But without Jack, the Ravens still need help at inside linebacker next to C. J. Mosley. As for Spence, maybe the Ravens’ background check told them it was too risky to take him, after he left Ohio St. for Eastern Kentucky due to drug issues (ecstasy). But Spence went No. 39 to the Buccaneers, and if he becomes a double-digit sack artist immediately, that will be tough for Ravens fans to watch.

5. Keenan Reynolds could be much more than just a popular sixth-round pick

Ravens’ officials had tears in their eyes talking about the reaction of former Navy star Reynolds, after he received the Ravens’ phone call. It’s a feel-good story, but it could be much more. Reynolds has all the traits to be a dynamic punt returner – toughness, vision, open-field quickness, and sound judgment. Reynolds usually makes the most of an opportunity. Don’t be surprised if he does it again.