Baltimore Ravens: 2016 NFL Draft Grades

Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Ronnie Staley (Notre Dame) is selected by the Baltimore Ravens as the number six overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Ronnie Staley (Notre Dame) is selected by the Baltimore Ravens as the number six overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Ronnie Staley (Notre Dame) is selected by the Baltimore Ravens as the number six overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Ronnie Staley (Notre Dame) is selected by the Baltimore Ravens as the number six overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /

OT. NOTRE DAME. RONNIE STANLEY. A -.

Scouting Report 

If you haven’t heard already, Ronnie Stanley may have been the Ravens first round selection but he wasn’t the first option at the sixth pick. Laremy Tunsil from Ole Miss was the clear choice until a video surfaced across Tunsil’s twitter account with him smoking Marijuana. This caused not only for Tunsil to slide down the thirteenth pick to the Miami Dolphins but also causing Baltimore to take the “safer” choice in Stanley.

Ranked as one of the top offensive tackles in the draft, Ronnie Stanley shows elite footwork in his run-blocking ability and has handled his own against some of the nation’s best pass rushers in this year’s draft including Shaq Lawson. In a division where offensive lineman are valued more than others, Stanley will provide a security blanket across at either left or right tackle.

Stanley isn’t a bad choice even with many analysts being upset that the team didn’t take Tunsil. Some did believe that Stanley was better in some areas than Tunsil and flashed elite potential to become a premier offensive tackle in the NFL. Maybe five years down the line, people may forget the anger they felt when the team selected him but Stanley has bright future ahead of him regardless of where he plays.

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