With the sixth pick in the NFL draft, the Ravens select?
The day has finally come to answer that question. As you get ready for tonight’s draft, here are five things Ravens fans should be asking:
1: What will the Chargers do at No. 3?
That’s when the suspense begins, because we know quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will be the first two players selected. The Chargers could go at least four different ways - Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil, Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley, Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner, or Florida defensive back Jalen Ramsey. All of those players are on the Ravens’ radar, and the Chargers’ decision starts the domino effect that will trickle down to No. 6.
2. Will the Ravens trade down, and if so, how far?
The odds are against the Ravens trading down, but it could happen. The No. 6 pick has plenty of value, and the Ravens could get phone calls from teams looking to trade up for Stanley, Tunsil, Ohio St. running back Ezekiel Elliott, Michigan St. left tackle Jack Conklin, or Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch. If the Ravens do trade down, don’t expect them to fall back farther than No. 15. The Titans hold that pick, and could offer a bundle to get Stanley or Tunsil.
3. If the Cowboys don’t take Elliott at No. 4, will the Ravens?
It would be a daring move for the Ravens to take a running back at No. 6, when they are deep at that position, and have so many other needs. But for weeks, we’ve heard some scouts and draft experts say Elliott will be an elite NFL back who runs effectively inside and outside, and catches passes. What if the Ravens believe Elliott will be as good, or better, than Ray Rice was in his prime? If they believe that, the Ravens taking Elliott could really shake up this draft.
4. Would taking a chance on UCLA inside linebacker Myles Jack be worth it for the Ravens?
Speculation is heavy that Jack will fall out of the top 10 due to concern about his surgically-repaired knee. But for argument’s sake, what if Jack is one of the league’s best inside linebackers for at least five seasons before needing more major knee surgery? Having Jack and C. J. Mosley would give the Ravens perhaps the league’s premier inside linebacker combo. If doctors have not advised the Ravens to take Jack off their board, they have to consider Jack if he is there at No. 6.
5. Will either Ramsey or Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa fall to No. 6?
I think both will be gone, especially Ramsey. But I’m pretty sure the Ravens would gladly take either. Getting a versatile defensive back like Ramsey, or possibly the best pass rusher in the draft in Bosa, is a likely best-case scenario for Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. Until somebody drafts Ramsey or Bosa, that dream could become reality.