With free agency slowing down, and teams starting to ramp up their draft preparations, mock drafts should start looking slightly more realistic over the coming weeks. The top 6 picks are still as fluid as ever, with several non-quarterbacks jockeying for the top spot in the draft. Joey Bosa, the originally anticipated top pick, and Laremy Tunsil, who was first to join him in the conversation are still not ruled out, but they have been joined by defensive back Jalen Ramsey in the competition to be drafted first overall.
With Bosa not at all a lock for the top overall pick, especially with the Tennessee Titans having bigger needs at left tackle and in the secondary, there exists a good possibility that Bosa will slide. How far is the question. With DeForest Buckner and Myles Jack also in the mix in the top 5, not to mention the possibility of quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Jared Goff going as high as 2, there is a chance Bosa could slip out of the top 5 picks at this point.
In this vein, PFF has chosen a few good fits for the stellar pass rush prospect, and the Ravens made the cut:
Baltimore Ravens: They run a base 3-4, but Bosa actually fits perfectly as the heir apparent to Terrell Suggs at outside linebacker, with the ability to come off the edge as a defensive end on passing downs. Bosa is a similar player to Suggs, as a bigger edge player who doesn’t test off the charts athletically but is simply a very productive player against both the run and the pass.
Upgrading the pass rush options behind former Pro Bowlers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, both who are into their thirties already, is the biggest need for the Ravens in this draft. Bosa would go a long way toward filling that hole, a hole which was left last offseason when Pernell McPhee signed a big deal to become a Chicago Bear. 2015 4th rounder Za'Darius Smith came on strong late in the season, and a Smith-Bosa OLB tandem would set the Ravens up long term at the position.
So if other teams want to let Bosa slip past them, the Ravens will only be too eager snatch him up and bring in the heir apparent to Terrell Suggs at linebacker to anchor their defense for the next decade!