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Ravens pick OT Ronnie Stanley with 6th pick

Ronnie Staley is an elite pass rusher and should be the Ravens' starting left tackle from day one.

Ronnie Staley is an elite pass rusher and should be the Ravens’ starting left tackle from day one.

It’s impossible to argue with the position and with Laremy Tunsil having so many red flags surrounding him, the Ravens decided to draft Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley with the sixth overall pick.

With Eugene Monroe struggling so much in his stint with the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco coming off a major knee injury, improving the offensive line was a top priority. Stanley may have been rated as the second-best offensive tackle in the draft, but even still he was barely rated lower than Tunsil. With no known baggage, he was the much safer pick.

The night before the draft there was a picture of somebody (unknown who it was) smoking a bong. That likely led to his slide down the draft board.

But even on talent, Stanley is certainly worth the sixth overall pick. He is a tremendous pass blocker with very strong hands and a strong punch. His hands will never let him down when pass rushing and his quickness made him an elite pass blocker even when playing against the best speed rushers in the country.

His run-blocking was a bit of a concern as defenders too often found ways to slip away from him, but he’s still above average at driving forward.

Stanley was a three-year starter at Notre Dame and showed great fundamentals and mechanics very early on. He’ll have to improve his core strength to improve as a run-blocker, but with an NFL training program he should come in and be a starter from day one.

The pick also clearly shows the team has given up on Monroe. He still has three-years left on his deal and will count $8.7 million against the salary cap in 2016. Finding a trade partner may be a tough task, but it is very unlikely that he is on the Ravens’ roster at the start of the season.

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