For months now, it seems as if the Ravens have been stuck with either Vernon Hargreaves or Ronnie Stanley in mock drafts. With the secondary and offensive line both glaring areas of need for the Ravens coming into the offseason, it seemed like a no-brainer to pencil in either the secondary or offensive line standout at pick number six. But the tides have changed since then. Baltimore committed to their secondary in the offseason by bringing in safety Eric Weddle via free agency. Now Baltimore's pick is a complete wild card. The Ravens could go after anyone from pass rusher DeForest Buckner to receiver Laquon Treadwell.
NFL draft guru Bucky Brooks has reflected this changing sentiment in his latest mock draft. While in the first two renditions of his draft, the Ravens selected Vernon Hargreaves, Brooks has now shifted the cornerback down his big board and instead has the Ravens taking Joey Bosa in version four of his mock draft. Brooks reasons that "[t]he presence of aging defenders on the edge could lead Ozzie Newsome to add the energetic rusher to the mix." Brooks last mocked Ronnie Stanley to the Ravens, so it's interesting to see the evolution in his thinking.
The Ravens could indeed use the services of Bosa, who at one time wasn't even expected to fall to the Ravens. Bosa's immense ability and physicality means that he could set the edge for the Ravens' defensive line from day 1.