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Ronnie Stanley was the right pick

By: Andrew Johnson

The Ravens needed an offensive tackle and with all of the red flags around Laremy Tunsil, the made the smart pick in Ronnie Stanley.

The Ravens needed an offensive tackle and with the red flags around Laremy Tunsil, the were smart to pick Ronnie Stanley.

It’s official, with the sixth pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select… Offensive Tackle Ronnie Stanley from Notre Dame?

Almost every scout and pundit and draft expert will be quick to say that Laremy Tunsil was the best player in the draft, not just the best offensive tackle. But the Ravens went a different way. Much of the decision to pass on Tunsil might be all of the red flags surrounding him. He’s had injury history that has kept him off of the field before, but perhaps more crucially his off the field problems. Just minutes before the draft began a video was posted to Tunsil’s verified Twitter account showing an African American man wearing a gas mask with a bong attacked to it and smoking what appears to be marijuana.

Perhaps more than on-field talent, the Ravens were worried about him being on the field. Eugene Monroe has not shown the ability to stay on the field, and last year problems with the offensive line led to Joe Flacco getting hurt. With him coming off a major knee injury, improving the offensive line was huge priority.

But even though most agreed that Tunsil was the better prospect than Stanley, the difference wasn’t that big to make Stanley not worth the pick.

Laremy Tunsil may be the better overall prospect, but if the Ravens have to worry about him staying on the field they could not risk taking him with the sixth overall pick.

Laremy Tunsil may be the better overall prospect, but if the Ravens have to worry about him staying on the field they could not risk taking him with the sixth overall pick.

The 6-foot-6, 312-pounder decided to return to Notre Dame for his senior season and was rewarded with a Second Team All-American selection. And his decision to return, even though he could have left early, payed off because he really developed his game last year.

He is quick off the snap and is able to pull and block blitzing linebackers and he is strong, bending 225 pounds, 24 times at this year’s scouting. He does lack over core strength, which allowed Tunsil to handle bull rushers by planting his feet and standing his ground in a straight up pass blocking sense. But that is something that can be worked on and improved in an NFL weight program.

What is harder to work on his his quickness that he has shown. He ran a 5.20 40-yard-dash and has good hands to located the rushing defenders.

As for Tunsil, he dropped to the 13th overall and was taken by the Miami Dolphins. The video cost Tunsil, who just weeks ago was expected to go no. 1 overall, a spot in the top 10 entirely and the big contract and prestigious honor. After being selected Tunsil just said he wanted to move past that adversity. Needing to protect Ryan Tannehill more, the Dolphins felt that his talent was worth the risk at their pick. It’s still a risky pick, but nowhere near as risky as he would have been with the sixth overall pick. The Dolphins may end up with the steal of the draft, but the Ravens made the right pick.

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