INDIANAPOLIS – How would Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley feel about the Ravens drafting him at No. 6?
“I’m going to play my best wherever I go,” Stanley said Wednesday at the NFL combine. “I know the Ravens are a great organization, a good team.
“It’s always nice protecting a good quarterback. Joe Flacco definitely falls into that category. That would be fun.”
Stanley doesn’t put much stock in mock drafts, but knows he’s a popular choice at No. 6 for the Ravens.
“I definitely don’t pay attention to mock drafts, they’re usually wrong,” Stanley said “The draft is crazy. Trades - you never know what is going to happen.”
Stanley didn’t say if he had met with the Ravens or not, but said he had met with around 20 teams already, with more meetings to come before he left town. The Ravens’ need for an offensive lineman could increase over the next several weeks, with left guard-tackle Kelechi Osemele headed to free agency, and with left tackle Eugene Monroe a potential salary-cap casualty.
Stanley and Laremy Tunsil of Mississippi are considered the top two offensive linemen in the draft, with Tunsil being projected as a possible No. 1 pick. Not only would Stanley like to outperform Tunsil at the combine, he would like to eliminate any perception that he is a laid-back player who relies on his talent.
“I love football,” Stanley said. “I’m really trying to show people, teams, what football means to me.”
The Ravens will be watching closely.