Quarterback Lamar Jackson signs autographs at the 2018 Baltimore Ravens Draft Fest. Credit: Baltimore Ravens.

With so many key departures and open roster spots, the Ravens will be looking to the NFL Draft to address the team’s needs as it looks to repeat as AFC North champions.

It’s a critical point for the franchise, but it’s also a cause for celebration as the Ravens select new players who could make up the core of the team for years to come. So, naturally, there will be parties.

For the first round on April 25, former players, Ravens cheerleaders and mascot Poe will head to Hightopps Backstage Grille in Timonium, where 98 Rock and WBAL Radio will be broadcasting live as the team weighs its options starting at 6 p.m.

Former Ravens running back Justin Forsett, linebacker Jarret Johnson and linebacker Brad Jackson will be on hand for photos and autographs, and the team will be offering giveaways throughout the night. The party is free and open to the public.

On April 27, covering rounds four through seven of the draft, the team will head to the Inner Harbor for a festival that runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The team’s first-round pick–or picks, if general Eric DeCosta wheels and deals the way Ozzie Newsome did last year to get quarterback Lamar Jackson–will appear for fan forums, photographs and autographs. Vouchers for photograph and autograph opportunities are free, but there are a limited number of them available at the event.

Forsett and Johnson will make a second appearance, this time joined by former wide receivers Jacoby Jones and Jermaine Lewis and safety Tom Zbikowski. The team said there will also be games and food trucks onsite.

Admission is also free, and the team will allow fans to park at Lot D for free and run a shuttle from the stadium to the harbor.

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