About Kyle Casey

Kyle Casey

Kyle's love of pro and college football stems from his passion for the Baltimore Ravens. He has held season tickets in section 542 of M&T Bank Stadium since 2004. He is currently a sophomore Mass Communications student at Towson University.

One Fan’s Experience at Radio City on Draft Night

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For those who devoutly follow the NFL draft, no place is more iconic than Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Most of today’s NFL stars’ careers began in the building, and draft day memories aren’t complete without the snippets of the show hall we see once a year for three days on ESPN and NFL Network. To complete a lifelong goal of mine, I figured it was finally time for me to make the trek up to NYC to finally see the draft in person. Every time I...

Tale of the Tape: Mosley the Complete Package at ILB

C.J. Mosley (image credit: Shawn Hubbard/Baltimore Ravens)
Just a little more than one week ago, Roger Goodell waltzed up to the podium with the renowned “Pick Is In” text below him and a Baltimore Ravens logo to the side. All of the safeties were still on the board, including Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and the Ravens still needed a right tackle; which route would they choose? Inside linebacker. Wait, inside linebacker?! Spurning the expectations to fill a need, the Ravens instead chose for Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley’s name to echo throughout Radio City Music Hall. Mosley to Baltimore...

A Look at the Ravens’ Most Promising 2014 UDFAs

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There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and the Baltimore Ravens finding gems in the undrafted free agency period. Seemingly every year, the Ravens strike gold with at least one undrafted rookie, with the most recent find being wide receiver Marlon Brown. Brown is just the latest example of a long line of recent success stories. In 2012, Baltimore’s Super Bowl run was aided by two undrafted rookies, kicker Justin Tucker and wide receiver Deonte Thompson. Tucker may turn out to be Baltimore’s best undrafted free agent signing in...

Ravens Select WR Campanaro in Round 7

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Just when we all thought the Ravens were finished with their 2014 draft class, they traded a sixth round pick in 2015 for Cleveland’s seventh round pick this year (pick 218) in order to select Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro. A local product and River Hill alum, Campanaro was a catch machine (229 career receptions) in Wake Forest’s offense, and is one of the better slot receivers in this year’s draft. The Ravens hadn’t picked a wide receiver until the selection of Campanaro went through, and perhaps they traded the...

Ravens Select QB Wenning in Round 6

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It happened. We weren’t 100% sure if the Ravens would stay true to their word of finding competition for backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor in this year’s draft, but with what we thought would be their final draft pick in 2014, the Ravens used a sixth round selection on Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning. Headliners such as Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger and David Fales were off the board, but Wenning is no slouch as a consolation prize. The Ravens have brought in stiff competition for Taylor, and quite frankly someone who...

Ravens Select OL Urschel in Round 5

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With the second-to-last pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens provided a bit of a surprise. With positions such as wide receiver, offensive tackle and even cornerback expected to be addressed at some point today, the Ravens opted to beef up the interior offensive line, adding Penn State guard John Urschel. The first thing that jumps out about Urschel is his well-documented success off the field. Urschel graduated Penn State with a 4.0 GPA and recently won the William V. Campbell trophy, the “academic Heisman.” The...

Ravens Select DL Urban and RB Taliaferro in Round 4

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With two picks at the end of the fourth round, the Baltimore Ravens addressed a need on offense while also adding even more defensive line depth. The first pick (at 134) was Virginia defensive tackle Brent Urban, while a few picks later (at 138) the Ravens took a running back (as expected), selecting Coastal Carolina’s Lorenzo Taliaferro. Urban is a massive, lengthy (6’7, with 34 1/4″ arms) defensive lineman who may be more of a project for the Ravens, and his immediate and long-term roles aren’t defined just yet. At Virginia,...

Ravens Select TE Crockett Gillmore in Round 3

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After addressing all three levels of the defense with their first three draft picks, the Baltimore Ravens turned to the offensive side of the ball to round out their three-player haul on Friday night, selecting Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore. Selecting a tight end wasn’t a surprise, but drafting Gillmore in the third round was, as he was expected by many to be a day three pick. Baltimore needed another tight end, however, and with the talent pool at the position lacking at the end of the third round,...

Ravens Select FS Terrence Brooks in Round 3

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One Florida State defender could have been enough, but why not two? With the 79th pick in the draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected Florida State free safety Terrence Brooks. After hitting the best player available market with the first two picks, needs appeared to finally cross over with best players for the Ravens to pick, as Brooks can be the solution Baltimore desperately needed at the free safety position. He is a scrappy, all-over-the-place, rangy safety whose high-octane playing style should fit in well alongside Matt Elam in Baltimore’s secondary....

Ravens Select DT Timmy Jernigan in Round 2

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After nabbing former Alabama standout linebacker C.J. Mosely in the first round on Thursday night, the Baltimore Ravens turned to another recent National Champion defender with their second round pick. In what was a fairly large surprise given the expectations of drafting either a right tackle or free safety, the Ravens opted instead to address the trenches, selecting Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. Just like the Mosley pick, the Ravens didn’t address a need by picking Jernigan, but with Baltimore’s tradition of always addressing the defensive line on draft...

Baltimore Ravens’ Needs in The 2014 NFL Draft

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With next week’s NFL draft looming, the Baltimore Ravens can use the process as the springboard for rounding out the potential 53-man roster for the 2014 season. A few post-June 1 free agent signings that could bring in roster-caliber players will almost surely take place (2013 examples: Daryl Smith, Dallas Clark, Brandon Stokley), but overall, Baltimore’s eight picks in this year’s draft will be the last prime opportunity to upgrade an 8-8 roster from a season ago. In the first round, the Ravens will have plenty of options but with...

A Ravens Draft Day Preview

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The 2014 NFL draft is less than a week away, and compared to recent years, the upcoming draft may be the most important for the Baltimore Ravens during the Harbaugh Era. Entering the draft with their highest pick since 2008 (started 8th overall before selecting Joe Flacco with the 18th overall pick), Baltimore’s 17th overall pick in the draft adds intrigue to what is often a late first round pick that the team holds. With a higher pick comes a higher chance of landing an instant impact player and potential...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Defensive Line

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Over the past several years, you’d be hard pressed to describe a big difference between a revolving door and the Baltimore Ravens defensive line. Working the transition from player to player as well as any team in the NFL, the Ravens continuously replace free agents with new defensive linemen, and almost never undergo any appreciable “transition period” of diminished effectiveness. The Ravens typically achieve this feat through the draft, by making it an annual purpose to add at least one defensive lineman, even if defensive end or tackle isn’t a...

NFL DRAFT BY POSITION: Inside Linebacker

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So far this offseason, everything has gone right for the Baltimore Ravens in the middle of the defense. Daryl Smith signed a four-year deal to stay in Baltimore, Josh Bynes returned on a one-year deal, and the Ravens are officially done with the two McClains, Jameel and Rolando (OK we THINK they’re done with Rolando, but we’ll believe it when we see it this time). Right now, the depth chart at inside linebacker isn’t one to complain about, with the opening day starting duo promising to be Smith and Arthur...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Outside Linebacker

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Adding another pass rusher is among the least of the worries the Baltimore Ravens have as the NFL draft – which is now only two weeks away – approaches. The two starting spots are already set with Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, a duo that was much better during the first half of the 2013 season than they were during the latter part. In fact, Suggs and Dumervil had just one sack each in the final seven games of last season. After those two, role players such as second-year linebacker...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Cornerback

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With eight draft picks, the Baltimore Ravens enter May’s NFL draft with the ability to upgrade at positions in which they don’t necessarily need upgrades (after filling starter voids, of course). One position on the roster that isn’t in dire of need of help is cornerback, but that shouldn’t stop the Ravens from addressing the position. Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb solidified themselves as a potential top-tier duo last season; however, after those two, uncertainty looms. With full-time third cornerback Corey Graham now in Buffalo, it’ll be up to Chykie...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Safety

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While there are no sure things, seemingly the nearest to one leading up to May’s NFL draft one could say would be that the Baltimore Ravens will take a safety at some point. After using a first round pick on strong safety Matt Elam last year, the Ravens again head into the draft in the market for a starting safety, this time at free safety. Accentuating Baltimore’s need for a starter is the fact that the current depth at both safety positions on the roster is lacking, further fueling the...

The 2014 NFL Draft by Position: Interior Offensive Line

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With the 2014 NFL draft just a few weeks away, the interior offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens has gone from a glaring question mark to one of the most solidified units on the roster. Assuming Kelechi Osemele is healthy and returns to left guard next season, the starting interior line of Osemele, center Jeremy Zuttah and right guard Marshal Yanda is set. That leaves the Ravens with only a need to add depth to the interior, as opposed to finding a year-one starter. Right now, the depth includes centers...

Free Safety a Laughing Matter For Ravens?

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Russell Street Report’s series of NFL draft prospect previews continues, switching to the defensive side of the ball in this edition. Leading up to the first round of the draft on May 8, several potential first round candidates for the Baltimore Ravens will be profiled. Prospects who figure to either be available when the Ravens pick at No. 17 or within close reach of the pick are in play. Ha’Sean (Ha Ha) Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama • Height: 6’1” • Weight: 208 pounds • 40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds • Vertical jump:...

NFL DRAFT BY POSITION: Offensive Tackle

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Once considered more of a punch line than a credible unit, the offensive front of the Baltimore Ravens has been pieced and reassembled together over the past month, creating a group that looks to have a more respectable output next season. The unit is 4/5 of the way complete, with the re-signing of left tackle Eugene Monroe and trade for center Jeremy Zuttah being Baltimore’s offseason additions in an effort to improve arguably the worst offensive line play in franchise history last season. With the only remaining hole being right...