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Ravens believe that Ronnie Stanley is an "elite" left tackle

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Stanley is one of the highest-rated players in his class, yet fans still have their anxieties about him. The front office obviously doesn't.

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You're on the clock. Presumably, a top cornerback, elite running back, a handful of top-tier pass rushers, and a good wide receiver are on the board. Oh, and there's also a left tackle too, and a good one at that. Which one are you going to pick?

Chances are, you didn't gravitate towards the sole lineman. That's exactly what many fans have done to Ronnie Stanley, the draft's second highest-rated offensive lineman. Instead of looking towards the solid, albeit unexciting pick in Stanley, fans have expressed support for some of the draft's bigger playmakers, like Joey Bosa or Vernon Hargreaves. While that's all fine and dandy, the front office is making it clear that they won't be complaining if Stanley is their pick.

"Saying that, we think there are a couple elite left tackles in this draft too. We’re going to draft the best guy, regardless, because as we’ve often said, your needs can change week-to-week." - Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta

The quote implies that the Ravens seem to be high on both of the top offensive linemen up for selection. While it is unlikely that top-ranked left tackle Laremy Tunsil will fall to the sixth pick, the Ravens haven't shied away from Stanley at all when his name has come up in discussions. There's no doubting that Stanley would be a fine pick at number six.

DeCosta later added that there was "a lot of good defensive talent at the top of this draft," making it clear that the Ravens think highly of a lot of this year's top prospects, both offensive and defensive, and that the front office is willing to adapt depending on how the first five picks shake out.

Regardless of who the Ravens pick, it's certainly going to be a big prospect with a lot of promise.