With Round 1 of the draft set for Thursday, the Ravens’ choice with the No. 6 pick remains highly unpredictable.
Here are five potential Ravens draft picks that will be nervous if they are still on the board at No. 6:
1. Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner
Why he will be nervous: Buckner is talented and versatile, but some scouts wonder if he can produce double-digit sacks at the NFL level. If the Ravens pass on Buckner, he could fall out of the top 10.
2. Ohio St. running back Ezekiel Elliott
Why he will be nervous: Only three teams holding a top-10 pick have been widely linked to Elliott – the Cowboys (No. 4), the Ravens (No. 6), and the Browns (No. 8). If the Ravens take Elliott at No. 6, it only makes sense if they believe he will be an instant 1,000-yard back. But if the Cowboys and Ravens both pass on Elliott, he is in danger of falling out of the top 10 unless the Browns show him some love.
3. UCLA inside linebacker Myles Jack
Why he will be nervous: Rumors persist that teams are wary about the condition of Jack’s surgically-repaired knee. If Jack falls out of the top 10, those rumors are true. But if Jack is available at No. 6, the Ravens will have to think hard about taking a player who could fit perfectly into their scheme as a three-down linebacker.
4. Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley
Why he will be nervous: The Ravens taking Stanley at No. 6 is probably the best-case scenario for him. If he gets past the Ravens, Stanley may not fall far, but he will spend more anxious moments in the green room.
5. Mississippi St. left tackle Laremy Tunsil
Why he will be nervous: After the combine, Tunsil was the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick. There is no way that will happen now. In fact, some scouts prefer Stanley over Tunsil. If both left tackles are available at No. 6, the Ravens will have to decide between the two, or maybe they will pass on both. Either way, the decision by the Rams and Eagles to trade up for quarterbacks has hurt Tunsil. Instead of being the first player selected, Tunsil may not even be the first offensive lineman taken.