If you put stock in mock drafts, Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley might be smart to get familiar with the Baltimore area.
Stanley is the most popular choice among national mock drafts to this point. It makes sense. Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe is a potential cap casualty after two injury-plagued seasons, and Kelechi Osemele, who ended the season starting at left tackle, is about to hit free agency. Those mock drafts that have Stanley targeted for the Ravens at No. 6 include:
Rob Rang, CBS Sports - “The Ravens appear ready to move on from Eugene Monroe, a disappointment at left tackle since being acquired in a trade with Jacksonville. Scouts wish Stanley was a little nastier in the running game, but his long arms and light feet make him a quality pass blocker.”
Dan Brugler, CBS Sports – Stanley
Lance Zierlein, NFL.com – Stanley
Todd McShay, ESPN.com – Stanley
Mel Kiper, ESPN.com – Stanley
However, there is some variety. If not Stanley, the Ravens are expected to grab a cornerback.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com – Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida St.
“The Ravens have a lot of holes, but upgrading the secondary is a priority,” Jeremiah wrote.
Chris Burke, SI.com – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
“Don’t let his shaky bowl performance fool you,” Burke wrote. “Hargreaves is a legit NFL shutdown corner ready to happen. He more than held his own in some difficult matchups this season, showing a willingness to be physical coupled with the awareness to find the football.”
If Hargreaves realizes Burke’s expectations, then Hargreaves and Jimmy Smith would give the Ravens a formidable corner tandem. But Stanley is winning the early Ravens’ mock draft sweepstakes.