Well respected general manager/front office executive Charlie Casserly who spent 22 years with the Washington Redskins from 1977-1999 and spent four seasons with the Houston Texans from 2002-2006 knows a thing or two about the NFL draft process and picking the best players on the board.
Casserly had the opportunity to pick for the Baltimore Ravens during NFL Network's mock draft last night and mind you, trades were not allowed in this mock. With QB Jared Goff, QB Carson Wentz, DL DeForest Buckner, RB Ezekiel Elliott and LB Myles Jack all gone in that order, Casserly was left with two pretty good players standing.
Left tackle Laremy Tunsil was still on the board, and defensive back Jalen Ramsey who many consider to be the best defensive player in the draft was still on the board as well. And with the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select...
If the Ravens believe Tunsil is an All-Pro waiting to happen, then the team has to take him. In my opinion, Tunsil is a good player, but I'm not taking him over Ramsey. Sorry I'm not and as good as Tunsil may be, I get the sense that might be a little bit overrated. If Tunsil is the best player in the draft, why do so many mock drafts have him sliding all the way to number six? Great left tackles are hard to come by, so if people really think Tunsil is that good, why let him slide that far?
In this mock draft, why couldn't the San Diego Chargers, a team that has more issues along its offensive line than the Ravens do, select Tunsil at number three? Why didn't the Jacksonville Jaguars take Tunsil instead of Jack? Mind you, Tunsil has durability issues that people haven't talked about a whole lot. Tunsil has never played a full season in his entire three year college career, but we condemn Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe for not being able to stay on the field. That is a problem.
Despite the injury concerns, Tunsil would be a great pick if the Ravens didn't have so many question marks on defense. The Ravens drafting a left tackle with the sixth overall pick in my opinion is leans more towards being a luxury more than an immediate need when you consider the Ravens just gave Monroe a 37.5 million dollar contract during the 2014 offseason.
If Ramsey is on the board if you are the Ravens, you take him. Ramsey can go a long way in solving the issues the Ravens have with Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green who seems to torch the Ravens secondary in almost every game he has played in between the two teams.
When a team has a high draft pick like the Ravens do, you expect the team to address the most glaring problem on its roster if possible if the talent is there. The Ravens did not finish the 2015 at season 5-11 because its offensive line was too shaky. Arguably the biggest reason why Ravens went 5-11 last season because its defense contributed to the team allowing 25.1 points a game. The Ravens secondary was dead last in the NFL in interceptions with only six.
Despite all of the injuries the Ravens sustained last season, the defense was relatively healthy. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was the only starter on defense who missed a significant amount of time as he was sent to injured reserve almost immediately after week 1.
People always talk about drafting the best player available instead of drafting for need and sometimes people take that statement too literally. If a quarterback is considered the best prospect on the board when the Ravens pick at number six, you are not expecting the Ravens take a quarterback when the team already has Joe Flacco.
So with all of this being said, in my opinion, Tunsil and Ramsey are about neck and neck when it comes to talent. But if I had to choose between the two of them, I'm taking Ramsey.