If the Ravens keep the No. 6 pick, they need to fare better than some teams have done recently picking from that spot.
Here’s a list of the last five players chosen at No. 6:
2015: Leonard Williams, DE, Jets
The story: Williams didn’t get his first sack until December, and wasn’t the force the Jets hoped he would be as a rookie. Too early to call him a mistake, but he needs to improve.
2014: Jake Matthews, LT, Falcons
The story: Matthews bounced back nicely in 2015, after struggling with poor play and injuries as a rookie left tackle. Matthews looks like Atlanta’s starting left tackle for years. Not a bad choice.
2013: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, Browns
The story: He seems to be regressing as player, with five sacks as a rookie, to two sacks in 2014, to zero sacks in 2015. Maybe Mingo responds to a fresh start under new Browns coach Hue Jackson, if they decide to keep Mingo. But right now, Mingo looks like a bust.
2012: Morris Claiborne, CB, Cowboys
The story: Claiborne hasn’t been the lockdown corner the Cowboys expected when they traded up to get him. No way would the Cowboys pick Claiborne at No. 6 with a do-over, especially since Panthers star linebacker Luke Kuechly went three picks later at No. 9.
2011: Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
The story: Now this is more like it. The Falcons traded up to get Jones and have not regretted it. Jones is a game-changer, with at least 1,500 yards receiving the past two seasons. That’s the kind of impact player the Ravens are looking for.
Conclusion: Recent history suggests the Ravens will be open to trading down, if they don’t think they will get a stud like Jones at No. 6. They have plenty of needs, so trading down and getting an extra pick might be the best play. However, coming off a 5-11 season, whatever the Ravens do with their pick-six, they need to get it right.