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NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Ronnie Stanley overwhelming pick at six to the Baltimore Ravens

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ESPN (Todd McShay) - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

"When picking this high -- and the Ravens rarely do -- you'd ideally like to draft a priority position (QB, OT, pass-rusher, CB or WR, with the order depending on team needs). Stanley benefited greatly from returning to school for his senior season, during which he showed improved strength and technique. He is a fine athlete for his long frame and would give the Ravens a long-term solution at left tackle."

ESPN (Mel Kiper Jr) - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

"In another year Stanley would be worthy to be the first offensive tackle taken, but Tunsil gets the nod in this class. Stanley was a gifted but inconsistent player last year, and he decided to go back, which is going to work out well for him. This year, the talent is still obvious, and he was better technically, and it showed. Baltimore can't pass on a potential left tackle with Stanley's upside here given the state of the O'line, not to mention with Joe Flacco coming back from an injury"

SB Nation (Dan Kadar) - Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

"The rise of Wentz means a team like Baltimore will benefit from a highly rated player sliding some in the draft. Ramsey is arguably a top-three talent who can star at cornerback or safety."

Rotoworld (Josh Norris) - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

"Eugene Monroe only turns 29 in April, but he has only played in 17 games over the last two seasons. The Ravens cannot count on him to play a full season. On top of that, Kelechi Osemele is a free agent and 2016 is the final year of Ricky Wagner's deal. Getting a talented left tackle in a rookie deal is a great proposition."

USA Today (Nate Davis) - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

"The Ravens could go in any number of directions, including tackle, receiver, cornerback or edge rusher. But you can bet they'll take the top player on their board, and in this scenario, that could very well mean Buckner. Buckner's ability to solidly defend the run and pass would make him a welcome addition, especially by veteran pass rushers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil"

NFL.com (Chad Reuter) -  Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

"Terrell Suggs is near the end and Courtney Upshaw is a free agent. Bosa might not be quite as explosive as Suggs once was, but he's a damn fine player who will wreak havoc and play assignment-sure."

NFL.com (Lance Zierlein) - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

"Eugene Monroe could be a cap casualty, so Stanley would be an easy decision for the Ravens if he were available here."

NFL.com (Bucky Brooks) - Vernon Hargreaves, DB,  Florida

"The ravens' cornerback woes could lead Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh to grab the a confident playmaker with exceptional coverage skills."

NFL.com (Daniel Jeremiah) - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

"The Ravens usually stick to their draft board and take the best player available. Buckner has a high ceiling and a high floor."

CBS Sports (Rob Rang) - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

"The Ravens appear ready to move on from Eugene Monroe, a disappointment at left tackle since being acquired in a trade with Jacksonville. Scouts wish Stanley was a little nastier in the running game, but his long arms and light feet make him a quality pass blocker."

CBS Sports (Dane Brugler) - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

"Baltimore inked Eugene Monroe to a lucrative extension, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy, making it tough for the Ravens to rely on him to start 16 games in 2016. Stanley not only adds instant depth, but gives Baltimore a long-term plan at a position of need."

Draft Breakdown (Bryan Perez) - Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

"The Ravens secondary is in transition and the position group's lowly 2015 season has made cornerback a top priority. Much like the Jaguars at No. 5, the Ravens will sprint to the podium to turn in their card. Ramsey is one of the best all-around prospect values in the draft because he projects well at corner and safety; he blends extremely high upside with very low bust risk. He'll start his career as a money-making corner and I doubt he'll fail."

Ourlads - Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

"High fives all around in Ozzie Newsome's war room, as arguably the top defensive lineman in the draft falls to this point. Bosa can thrive in any scheme and any outside role. Powerful, versatile, instinctive, productive. All fits for the Ravens system."

SI.com (Chris Burke) - Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky

"A post on the Ravens' website last week speculated that Spence could fall into Round 2. Forget it. But Baltimore could grab the edge-rushing dynamo here. Spence starred during Senior Bowl week, consistently beating tackles around the bend. Teams will have to dig into his character, but the talent is there to justify a top-10 spot.

Sporting News (Eric Galko) - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

"Baltimore would love if one of the draf's top talents fell to them at six, as they're a playoff team hoping to take advantage of a top-draft pick after a year riddled with injuries. But one of their bigger needs is finding a pass-rush supplement to Courtney Upshaw and potentially a long-term replacement to Terrell Suggs.

"Lawson emerged in 2015 as the Tigers best defensive player, winning as a powerful edge-setting power-rusher who utilizes an imposing physical frame and a devastating swim move to beat even the country's best pass-blockers. While the top-six is a bit rich for his draft value, he can potentially play the edge in the Ravens defense and offer them a plus-talent at a position of need."

247 Sports -  Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

"The gap between Tunsil and Stanley is small, meaning the Ravens can get a franchise tackle right here. Eugene Monroe only appeared five games in 2015, and his replacement pro bowl caliver guard Kelechi Osemele needs to play guard. Stanley is a cheaper, higher ceiling and a franchise type option to Monroe."

Selection Summary:

OT Ronnie Stanley: (7)
DE Joey Bosa (2)
DB Jalen Ramsey (2)
DE DeForest Buckner (2)
DE Shaq Lawson (1)
OLB Noah Spence (1)
DB Vernon Hargreaves (1)

OL - 7
DE/OLB - 6
DB - 3

Offense: 7
Defense: 9

Overall reaction:

Very surprised to see Ronnie Stanley to overwhelmingly take the #6 selection in the draft. He is very talented, but I'm unsure the Ravens are going to be quitting on Eugene just yet, even with the cap troubles they have received from contracts past. A lot I believe will hing on Kelechi Osemele and his free agency debut. Word has been Stanley doesn't play 100% and his work ethic lacks. Things the Ravens have been known to fix, but not wanting to fix with a top 10 draft pick.

The Ravens are just outside of some amazing prospects in the top five, and actually look to be working harder at six to make a decision. Maybe the QB desperate making a play early could change and let slip one player. If not, even one team making a reach for need over BPA could drop somebody like Bosa, Buckner, or Ramsey to the laps of Ozzie & DeCosta.