Here are three reasons why drafting left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the No. 6 pick made sense for the Ravens:
1. They need a left tackle they can count on, and Eugene Monroe hasn’t been that guy.
Monroe has been injury-prone the last two seasons, and it’s clear his future with the team is uncertain. Perhaps a healthy Monroe spends another season with the Ravens, and Stanley can play left guard if he struggles during offseason workouts and training camp. But the Ravens drafted Stanley with the intention of him being the starting left tackle. Listen to what coach John Harbaugh had to say when asked about Monroe, and the left tackle position.
“It pans out how it pans out,” Harbaugh said. “May the best man win. We’ll see who that is.”
2. The Ravens believe they can trust Stanley, both on and off the field.
The Ravens couldn’t miss on this pick, which means they couldn’t risk someone who carries off-the-field baggage. That made the choice between Stanley and Mississipi left tackle Laremy Tunsil easier. Harbaugh is close friends with Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. Harbaugh and Hiestand had a long conversation about Stanley that helped sell Harbaugh.
“He couldn’t speak enough to his character, to his intelligence, to his toughness, and to what kind of football player he was going to be Harbaugh said.
3. All the Ravens’ plans for next season go down the drain if Joe Flacco suffers another season-ending injury.
“We just invested a lot in Joe (Flacco ) for the next six years,” said general manager Ozzie Newsome. “We feel like Ronnie comes in with an opportunity to compete, and at some point will be a starter and a starter for a long time for the Baltimore Ravens.”