What will the Ravens do with the No. 6 pick in the draft?
We will finally find out Thursday night, after speculating for months. I don’t expect them to trade the pick. So here’s my draft eve prediction on the five players most likely to taken by the Ravens at No. 6:
The favorite: Laremy Tunsil, LT, Mississippi
A week ago, I thought UCLA LB Myles Jack would be the Ravens’ choice. But there is concern about Jack’s knee, so why risk taking him when so many good players are available? There is a chance Tunsil could go No. 3 to the Chargers. But if he gets past that spot, Tunsil should still be there at No. 6. Getting a strong left tackle to protect quarterback Joe Flacco’s blindside during his prime years is a good way to start this draft.
Next best guess: Ronnie Stanley, LT, Notre Dame
Yes, if the Ravens don’t take Tunsil, I think they’ll still take a left tackle. Remember, general manager Ozzie Newsome’s first draft choice in Ravens history was Hall of Fame left tackle Jonathan Ogden, and that worked out pretty darn well. No matter what else the Ravens do over the next five years, they can’t win big if they can’t protect Flacco. Some scouts think Stanley will be better and more durable than Tunsil. Either way, the Ravens look to upgrade over current left tackle Eugene Monroe, who becomes expendable if the Ravens take Tunsil or Stanley.
Third most likely: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio St.
I think Bosa will already be off the board, either to the Cowboys at No. 4, or the Jaguars at No. 5. But the Ravens need a pass rusher. Owner Steve Bisciotti wants a pass rusher. If Bosa is there, getting someone who has the potential to be a 10-sack guy makes sense, especially with linebacker Terrell Suggs coming off Achilles surgery.
Fourth most likely: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
He would make the Ravens’ defensive line even younger and more athletic, joining Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan. To become a more dominant defense, the Ravens need to win more battles up front. Buckner would help accomplish that.
Fifth most likely: Myles Jack, inside linebacker, UCLA
The question with Jack is reportedly not his short-term health, but whether his knee will hold up over the next six to eight years. Nobody doubts that Jack is a terrific talent. If he tumbles in this draft and stays healthy, many teams that passed on him will regret it. Jack and C. J. Mosley could make a terrific inside linebacker combo for the Ravens, who still might think Jack is worth the risk.