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  • Ravens news, notes and opinions

    Ravens news, notes and opinions
    The two names you read here and pretty much everywhere else in the days leading up to the draft as it related to the Ravens and their original 29th overall pick were Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower and Wisconsin center Peter Konz. As it turns out, neither was as high on the Ravens’ draft board as we all thought. In a live chat yesterday on the Ravens’ team website,, director of player personnel Eric DeCosta said that the team had about seven players that it really liked in the first round and Hightower was “not one of the players that we would have traded to get.” Again, that doesn’t mean that the Ravens weren’t interested in Hightower, but it does make it pretty clear that they liked several other players better. As for Konz, DeCosta said that that they think he’s going to be a very good player, but they had other players, including Courtney Upshaw, rated higher. My take on it is if the Ravens really liked Konz as much as we thought they did, they would have been willing to trade up five or six spots in the second round to make sure they got him. They did it for running back Bernard Pierce in the third round, even though that didn’t cost as much as it would have to move up and grab Konz. Instead, the Atlanta Falcons selected Konz with the 23rd pick in the second round, and five picks later, the Ravens took Iowa State guard Kelechi Osemele. I guess the moral of the story is don’t believe everything you hear around draft time. Teams, especially ones that take the draft as seriously as the Ravens do, simply aren’t going to expose their hand until it’s absolutely necessary.
  • Ravens sign Ryan McBean to bolster defensive line depth

    Ravens sign Ryan McBean to bolster defensive line depth
    The Ravens continued to add depth to their defensive line, reaching a one-year agreement today with former Denver Broncos nose tackle Ryan McBean. McBean, 28, spent the previous three seasons with the Broncos and had his best year in 2011 with 33 total...

    Bryan Hall doesn't want to return to practice squad

    Bryan Hall doesn't want to return to practice squad
    As an undrafted rookie last season, Bryan Hall was happy to make the Ravens’ practice squad. But the second-year defensive tackle has made it known that a repeat trip to the practice squad is not one of his objectives. “I told the coaches...

    DeAngelo Tyson taking little comfort in being a draft pick

    DeAngelo Tyson taking little comfort in being a draft pick
    As one of the Ravens’ eight picks in April’s NFL draft, DeAngelo Tyson knows that he performed well enough at the University of Georgia to draw the organization’s attention. But the 23-year-old defensive end dismissed any notion that...

    NFL Notes: Shawne Merriman visited 49ers

    NFL Notes: Shawne Merriman visited 49ers
    Former Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Shawne Merriman visited the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. The 49ers wound up signing linebacker Eric Bakhtiari with outside linebacker Clark Haggans...