The Ravens can’t afford to miss with the sixth pick in the draft, especially coming off a 5-11 season.
Here are five questions to ponder as the Ravens consider options for Thursday night’s first round:
1. Would Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa be a good fit in the Ravens’ 3-4 scheme?
Pass-rushing as a defensive end in a 4-3 was Bosa’s forte in college. He doesn’t have much experience rushing from a standup position, or dropping back in pass coverage. If Bosa is a one-dimensional player in the NFL, he needs to be a premier pass rusher to justify being the No. 6 pick.
2. Is taking UCLA inside linebacker Myles Jack too risky?
Concern about Jack’s knee makes him a wild card heading into this draft. The Ravens’ first-round pick in 2015, wide receiver Breshad Perriman, missed his entire rookie year with a knee injury. If the Ravens take Jack and he has knee issues next season, the Ravens will take plenty of heat.
3. Is Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil elite?
If quarterback Joe Flacco can be asked that question, so can Tunsil. Picking Tunsil could pay huge dividends if he becomes a top-10 tackle and secures Flacco’s blindside. But if Tunsil is just “a guy”, the Ravens will be better off addressing one of their needs on defense.
4. What kind if NFL pass rusher will Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner be?
Can Bucker play the run in a 3-4? Check. Would he give the Ravens a young, talented defensive line group joining Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, and Carl Davis? Check. But would Buckner significantly boost the Ravens’ pass rush? If not, then Tunsil or Bosa would be a better pick if available.
5. Does Florida St. defensive back Jalen Ramsey have a Pro Bowl-caliber position?
Ramsey can play both safety and corner, he is a physical player, and the Ravens need secondary help. However, Ramsey only had three interceptions in college. If Ramsey is a better safety than corner, Jack could be a better fit for the Ravens if he stays healthy and becomes a dominant linebacker.