The Ravens repeat history and take the best player available at 6. 20 years ago, that player was also a left tackle. Stanley brings safety and upside. How the Ravens’ war room discovered the Tunsil video. Todd McShay sticks his foot in his mouth. PFF grades the Ravens’ pick.
Safety and upside don’t usually go together in evaluations. Jason Schandl of numberFire, however, thinks Stanley brings both. If you look at Mock Draftable’s table, Stanley compares favorably in measurables to D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Tyron Smith. That’s good company. Schandl says Stanley has the potential to become the league’s premier pass protector. That’s a lofty projection. If that happens, though, fans will soon forget how much they complained the night of the draft.
Ravens VP of Public Relations Kevin Byrne explains how the Ravens came across the Tunsil video. DeCosta showed Ozzie from his phone, and Bisciotti peered over to ask who it was. “Tunsil,” DeCosta replied. That left the Ravens with a decision between DeForest Buckner and Ronnie Stanley. The Notre Dame tackle was a red star prospect. Vincent Newsome, the pro personnel director, put that star next to his name.
If you scroll up, you’ll find a long discussion on the Laremy Tunsil situation. In the Ravens’ section, Kalyn Kahler of MMQB details the Ravens’ experience on draft day. That best player available (on their board) talk is absolutely true. If the Ravens thought Buckner was better than Stanley, they would have taken him. Reporters could hear the Ravens cheering when they knew Stanley was coming to them.
Samuel Gold of NFL Breakdowns gives a full scouting report on Stanley’s strengths and weaknesses. He praises his quick set and his first punch when he can get a hand on his player. He doesn’t like how he handles powerful spin moves and how he stands too upright in pass protection. In the run game, he positions himself well, but he uses his body too often and isn’t the tenacious pass blocker you’d like.
Laremy Tunsil made his night even more interesting with the way he responded to reporter’s questions when he faced the media. Todd McShay thought that it was a sign of immaturity that he answered questions. McShay said it sold out the coaching staff at Ole Miss. Kevin Draper of Deadspin explains why that’s a really stupid take.
Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus gave a grade and analyzed every pick in the first round. Here is his take on Ronnie Stanley, the Ravens 6th pick.
There had been rumors about Stanley being a top-10 pick, and our No. 16 player on the PFF Draft Board goes No. 6 overall. He’s an excellent pass protector, moving smoothly and rarely getting beaten cleanly. The problem with Stanley’s game is his run blocking where he doesn’t play with great power, but Baltimore’s outside zone scheme is a good fit for his movement skills. Throughout the draft process, we expected to see Ole Miss’ Laremy Tunsil become the first tackle off the board, but various off-field issues may have dropped him lower than expected. On the field, Tunsil is a better all-around player, but Baltimore went with the safer option in Stanley. Baltimore may release current left tackle Eugene Monroe, but if he comes back, expect Stanley to start on the right where Ricky Wagner struggled last year. While Stanley is a solid player, Baltimore may regret leaving Oregon’s DeForest Buckner on the board.