Amazing. Ozzie Newsome wins the draft once again. How does he do it? Well, I guess he didn't quite do anything in this scenario, as Laremy Tunsil dropped out of circumstance.
Tunsil falling to Baltimore would be a dream come true for the organization, and I'd have to believe that Newsome would snatch him up in a heart beat. Left tackle is one of the biggest holes on the roster, and Tunsil, the top blocker in this class by a mile, would certainly change that right away.
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1. DeForest Buckner, DE - Once again, this pick will be screwed up if the Chargers go with Tunsil. If Tunsil is off the board, DeForest Buckner will be the favorite to be chosen by the Ravens.
2. Ronnie Stanley, OT - Stanley is probably the worst-case scenari for the Ravens, but he wouldn't be a terrible option, as he would still shore up the blind side.
Rd. 2, Pk. 5
William Jackson, CB, Houston
The Ravens are probably going to pass on Vernon Hargreaves at No. 6 because they believe they can land a talented cornerback at this juncture. And that's exactly what has happened, as William Jackson is talented enough to be a first-round pick. I've actually had trouble slotting corners - namely Jackson and Kendall Fuller - into my first round.
Rd. 3, Pk. 7
Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
Steve Smith probably won't be around next year. Breshad Perriman's health is a concern. The Ravens need to look into adding a receiver.
Rd. 4, Pk. 6
Charles Tapper, DE/3-4OLB, Oklahoma
The Ravens are also in need of another edge rusher, as Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil aren't going to be around much longer.
Rd. 4, Pk. 32
Tavon Young, CB, Temple
It's certainly possible that the Ravens will double up on cornerbacks, given how dire the need at the position happens to be.
Rd. 4, Pk. 34
Adolphus Washington, DT/3-4DE, Ohio State
Chris Canty is gone, so the Ravens will need to find some help on the defensive front.
Pick change; previously Scooby Wright, LB
Rd. 4, Pk. 36
Joe Dahl, G/OT, Washington State
The Ravens were fortunate enough to land Laremy Tunsil in the first round, but they can't be done addressing their offensive line. A replacement for Kelechi Osemele must be acquired.
The Ravens get their long-term left tackle and land the best player in the 2016 NFL Draft. This is absolute theft for Baltimore to land Tunsil with the sixth pick.
In 2015, Tunsil demonstrated his phenomenal quickness, athleticism and abilities to bend and mirror. He has a ton of natural talent to be a blind-side protector. Tunsil was dominant in 2014 and arguably the best left tackle in the nation. Not only can he shut down pass-rushers, he gets movement in the ground game.
After being suspended for seven games to start 2015, Tunsil returned to the field impressively for Ole Miss against Texas A&M and speed rusher Myles Garrett. Tunsil had some issues with Auburn's Carl Lawson in his second game, but still was solid. He was excellent against LSU and finished the year in fine fashion.
Tunsil (6-5, 310) was one of the top recruits in the nation coming out of high school. As a freshman, he validated the hype when he broke into the starting lineup and became an All-SEC Second-Team selection by the AP. The conference's coaches had him as an All-Freshman performer, and he was also named a Freshman All-American according to many media outlets.
Rd. 2, Pk. 5
Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
The Ravens grab a talented cornerback to pair with Jimmy Smith.
Some sources have said that if Fuller (5-11, 187) had stayed healthy and played like he did in 2014, he would be the top cornerback prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft. Some scouts have told me they graded Fuller higher than Vernon Hargreaves III or Jalen Ramsey based on his 2014 tape, but his knee injury ruined his hopes of being a high first-rounder. Following encouraging news from the combine medical re-check, Fuller could be a late first-or second-round pick.
Fuller only ended up playing in two games before going out for the year due to knee surgery. Fuller recorded seven tackles, one sack and a pass broken up in his shortened season. In 2014 he played at a very high level, racking up 17 passes broken up, two interceptions, 50 tackles and 4.5 tackles for a loss.
The younger brother of Bears' 2014 NFL Draft first-round pick Kyle Fuller, Kendall Fuller saw the field immediately as a freshman. He was a Freshman All-American and the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. Fuller had six interceptions and 58 tackles in his debut season. He is a quick, athletic, instinctive cover corner who does a great job of preventing separation and competing for the ball.
Pick change; previously Kevin Dodd, DE
Rd. 3, Pk. 8
Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
The Ravens need to draft some defensive line help and land a replacement for Chris Canty.
At the combine, Hargrave (6-2, 295) had an excellent 40 time and did well in the field drills. He has continued his superb postseason to help his draft stock. Hargrave was a star of the East-West Shrine, and he used that week to earn a late invitation to the Senior Bowl where he played well.
Hargrave totaled 59 tackles with 22 for a loss, two forced fumbles and 13.5 sacks in 2015. In 2014, he had 55 tackles, 24 for a loss, 16 sacks and three forced fumbles. Hargreaves totaled a tremendous 37 sacks over his collegiate career.
Rd. 4, Pk. 6
Sebastian Tretola, G, Arkansas
The Ravens lost Kelechi Osemele in free agency. Here's a nasty road-grading blocker to help take his place.
The 6-foot-5, 334-pound Tretola is a player who impressed evaluators in 2015. He did a good job of opening holes in the ground game for Alex Collins. Sources tipped me off early on that Tretola was a prospect they liked, and he is a road-grading run blocker who is tremendous at getting movement at the point of attack. Tretola can blast defenders off the ball. His areas for improvement would be in pass protection and playing in space.
Rd. 4, Pk. 32
Jacoby Brissett, QB, N.C. State
The Ravens could use a backup quarterback behind Joe Flacco. Ryan Mallett can't be relied on.
Brissett is a thick-bodied, quality-armed pocket passer who has some athleticism. The 6-foot-3, 236-pounder doesn't get a lot of attention, but there is a buzz building about him in NFL circles.
Brissett completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,662 yards with 20 touchdowns and six interceptions during the 2015 regular season. As a junior, he completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,606 yards with 23 touchdowns and five interceptions. In 2011 and 2012, Brissett was a backup at Florida. Former Gators head coach Will Muschamp mistakenly chose Jeff Driskel instead of Brissett to be the starter, and that paved the way for Brissett to transfer.
Rd. 4, Pk. 34
Nick Kwiatkoski, OLB/ILB, West Virginia
The Ravens cut Daryl Smith while Arthur Brown hasn't panned out yet. Here's some inside linebacker depth.
In 2015, Kwiatkoski (6-1, 241) recorded 86 tackles with 10 for a loss, three sacks, seven passes batted, three interceptions and a forced fumble. It was an intriguing year from the Mountaineer standout that earned him an invitation to the Senior Bowl. He had a solid week in Mobile and showed some pass-coverage skills. As a junior, Kwiatkoski totaled 103 tackles with 11.5 for a loss and four passes broken up.
Rd. 4, Pk. 36
Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
The Ravens could use more wide receiver talent. Here's an understudy for Steve Smith.
Higgins (6-1, 196) had 75 catches 1,062 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015. He is a smooth, quick receiver who combines good route-running with reliable hands. If Higgins were thicker, he would be second-day pick.
As a sophomore, Higgins had a huge year with Garrett Grayson at quarterback under head coach Jim McElwain. Higgins totaled 96 passes for 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2014.
I know the Ravens like to trade down, but I also know they like to draft players with great value, and in this draft, they'll get one at 6 no matter what. Tunsil, last Leonard Williams last year, has been given the "best overall player in the draft" title, and I'm sure the Ravens will be happy to repeat it just as the Jets did. I'm not so sure the teams see it that way in either case. Remember, last year Williams had a stated desire to play for the Raiders, who passed on him, and the Redskins hoped out loud that Williams would fall to them so that they could trade their pick (idiots), which they ultimately didn't do, before passing themselves. Even the Jets took every second of their 10 minutes before making their pick, presumably trying to find their own trade and not getting any takers. I think Tunsil, like Williams, is seen as the 3rd-5th best prospect in the draft, and will be taken accordingly by a team that likes him. Here, that's the Ravens.
Buckner is the most physically imposing player in the draft class (6'7 290) and fits very well in Baltimore as a 3-4 D End where their starter right now would be Brent Urban. The ravens certainly need to address this weakness and at 6 they do. Buckner has elite quickness for a man his size and that fits great on Baltimore's D-Line with two solid ones in Timmy Jernigan and Brandon Williams. Buckner compares to his teammate who was draft last year by the San Francisco 49ers Arik Armstead, who is about the same height and weight, really they could be twins. Armstead had a solid rookie year in San Fran and I expect the same from Buckner. Ozzie Newsome loves freaks and this is the ultimate freak in this draft, in a couple of years Buckner could be a big problem for anyone trying to block him.
NFL.com Comparison: Lane Johnson
My Comparison: Joe Staley
21st Rushing YPA
20th Runs for 1st downs(Right)
8th Negative Runs(Left)/15th(Right)
20th 3rd/4th Down Runs for 1st Downs(Left)/15th(Right)
LT- Monroe(09/1) (2)Hurst,(CF14)
YEAH..YEAH...I know "But Tunsil is available". If Mel Kiper and Mike Mayock drafted these guy that would matter to me. Every time I watch ESPN or NFLNetwork I see this "what they need" and "rankings follow". Most reports are that the Ravens like Stanley better and that's all that matters. Stanley is a great talent and I had high ratings on him last year before he went back, and I have high ratings on him now.
Three-year starter with the outstanding foot quickness and pass protection talent expected from an early round left tackle prospect. Stanley showed great maturity in acknowledging his weaknesses and returning to school to work on them and improve his game. While Stanley?s core power is still a concern, he showed improved strength and run blocking prowess this year and should be ready to come in and start right away for a team looking to protect a high-end quarterback.
This time last year, people were raving about the prospect of Joey Bosa being the top overall pick in the draft. Now, he's likely to fall out of the top five. It isn't all bad for Bosa though, he'll likely end up going to a team that is more ready to compete, and a destination where he could slowly learn the 3-4 edge rusher position. One such destination is Baltimore, where he will sit behind Elvis Dumervil and Sizzle (Ball So Hard University) for a year or so before being thrust into the fire.
1. Myles Jack - If I were a betting man, well I guess I already am, anyways, the one team likely to be unswayed by Myles Jack's knee concerns is the Baltimore Ravens.
2. DeForest Buckner - If he falls past Jacksonville, he could be an intriguing option for Baltimore, looking to replace Chris Canty.
3. Laremy Tunsil - If available, Tunsil will be the pick, no question.
4. Trade - If the Ravens were smart, they'd trade down with a team looking to leapfrog Cleveland for Ezekiel Elliott. They could then take Ronnie Stanley or Jack Conklin in a more valuable range.
Jalen Ramsey is the best player in this draft, and he will have the most productive career out of the 2016 draft class as well. There now that my prediction is out of the way, don't be surprised by this pick. Yes the Ravens just signed Eric Weddle, but Ozzie Newsome will select the best player available or trade out of this pick. One team that might look to trade up and select Ramsey is the Titans, they need the help in the secondary and while they were at #1 they seemed to love Ramsey. Also the Titans have the ammunition to move back up, the only thing that will stop them is if they think they can get a quality tackle later in the draft.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 6
Ronnie Stanley, OT,
Over Laremy Tunsil? I wonder if Tunsil's bong picture/video had something to do with this. Still, picking Stanley over Tunsil doesn't make much sense. Some teams told us that they were scared of Stanley's lack of passion for the game. They were also concerned about Stanley not being tough enough. That would terrify me if I drafted him. Plus, passing on Tunsil in the process just doesn't seem like a smart move, given how talented Tunsil is. The Ravens have done well with chracter-issue guys in the past, so I don't really understand this.
Rd. 2, Pk. 11
Kamalei Correa, OLB/3-4OLB,
This pick, in a vacuum, is probably worth a "B." I heard some buzz about Kamalei Correa possibility sneaking into the end of the first round, but he definitely belonged in the middle of the second frame. The reason I've bumped this up to an A-, however, is because Baltimore was able to trade down twice. Smart teams understand the importance of accumulating as many picks as possible, so it's no surprise that the Ravens have begun doing so once again.