Picking one spot ahead of the Ravens, could the Jaguars snag a player the Ravens covet badly?
That is one scenario to watch once the draft begins Thursday night. The Jaguars own the No. 5 pick, and will directly impact what the Ravens do at No. 6. Here’s my take on what the Jaguars could do, and how that would impact the Ravens:
What the Jaguars won’t do:
I can’t see the Jaguars drafting Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner, Ohio St. running back Ezekiel Elliott, Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil, or Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley. The Jaguars already have a strong defensive line featuring Malik Jackson and Jared Odrick. Buckner doesn’t fill one of their bigger needs. The same is true for Tunsil and Stanley, because the Jaguars have Luke Joeckel at left tackle, the second pick overall in 2013. The Jaguars don’t need Elliott at running back, because they signed Chris Ivory in free agency and drafted T. J. Yeldon last year.
What the Jaguars might do:
Here are the three players I think Jacksonville is most likely to draft, in no particular order – Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa, UCLA inside linebacker Myles Jack, and Florida defensive back Jalen Ramsey.
How that impacts the Ravens:
If Tunsil and Stanley both get to No. 5, I don’t think the Jaguars will take either. That means the Ravens would have a chance to draft their top-rated left tackle. If that scenario happens, I think the Ravens will draft Tunsil. But if Tunsil goes to the Chargers at No. 3, and if Ramsey is gone by No. 6 as well, the Ravens will have a tougher decision.