Podcast Episode 47: Orioles finding their way while Ravens prepare for a very important Draft

Featured Image Credit: Mark L. Baer, USA Today

Welcome to Episode 47 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with site owner Jake McDonnell, editor Nolan McGraw, and author Ian Schultz

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Should we be dismissing the idea of Le’Veon Bell becoming a Raven so quickly?

The NFL season ended a little over a week ago at the conclusion of Super Bowl LIII and that only means one thing: six months filled with useless mock drafts and plenty of childish drama.

The ambiguous tweets and Instagram posts from soon-to-be free agents have already started while teams and media outlets continue to stir the pot with the customary eyeball emoji. Just like many of you, I am fed up with the social media culture that surrounds professional athletes. 99% of the time these social media antics mean absolutely nothing but it does give major networks an excuse to cover the NFL year round.

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Ranking the Ravens positions of need entering offseason

On Episode 37 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast, Nolan McGraw, Ian Schultz, and myself dished out our Ravens postseason positional report cards. We gave letter grades for each position on the Ravens roster, following up with our bye week grades from Episode 24. After making it to the playoffs for the first time in four years, the Ravens roster graded out as follows:

Because of roster turnover or injury, the positions that graded out high may not match these grades next season. The same goes for the areas that turned in lower grades. Those who follow the Ravens can point to certain positions that need some work over the summer. Here’s my positional ranking, from the ones that need addressed most to the ones that should be addressed last.

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