With the sixth pick in the NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens select…
Get ready to hear those words in April. With the regular season over, losing to the Bengals helped the Ravens move up Sunday from No. 8 to the No. 6 spot in next year’s draft. Here’s the 2016 top-10 draft order:
The last time the Ravens picked higher than No. 6 was in 2000, when they took running back Jamal Lewis at No. 5
Lewis is in the Ravens’ Ring of Honor, and the Ravens need to select a Ring of Honor-type player this year. Here are some possibilities for the Ravens at No. 6:
- LAQUON TREADWELL, WR Mississippi
Why he fits: The Ravens can’t afford to bank on wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who didn’t play a snap this season (knee injury), or Steve Smith Sr. coming off Achilles surgery. Kamar Aiken, the Ravens’ most productive receiver this season, is also a free agent.
- JALEN RAMSEY, CB – S, Florida St.
Why he fits: The Ravens gave up too many big plays in the passing game, especially in the first half of the season. Ramsey is considered versatile enough to play outside, in the slot, or safety.
- RONNIE STANLEY, OT, Notre Dame
Why he fits: The Ravens have uncertainly at left tackle, with Kelechi Osemele a free agent and Eugene Monroe coming off two disappointing seasons.
- JOEY BOSA, DE, Ohio St.
Most mock drafts have Bosa gone before the Ravens pick at No. 6. But with Terrell Suggs coming off an Achilles injury, the Ravens need a pass rusher and could pounce on Bosa if he falls.
- VERNON HARGREAVES, CB, Florida
We’ve already talked about the Ravens’ secondary needs, and Hargreaves may be the best shutdown corner in the draft. A corner tandem of Hargreaves and Jimmy Smith would make the Ravens more capable of matching up with stud AFC North receivers like A. J. Green of the Bengals and Antonio Brown of the Steelers.
- MACKENSIE ALEXANDER, CB Clemson
He’s another option for the Ravens at cornerback. He’s also another reason why Ravens scouts will keep a close eye on the Clemson-Alabama national championship game.