Before the Ravens took rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, there was a good deal of speculation regarding the organization’s interest in Laremy Tunsil.
The Ole Miss offensive tackle, once believed to be the top prospect in the draft, was thought to be linked to the Ravens. But when a video of him wearing a gas-mask bong was posted on Tunsil’s Twitter account shortly before the start of the draft on April 28, the Ravens and several other teams passed over him until the Miami Dolphins took him at No. 13.
On Sunday, the Ravens and Stanley will cross paths with Tunsil, who has started nine games and is expected to play at left guard Sunday after sitting out last week’s win against the San Francisco 49ers because of a shoulder injury. Stanley said he will be happy to see his draft classmate.
“That’s my guy,” Stanley said Wednesday. “We met at the draft. He’s a really awesome kid and a good person. I hated to see what happened to him [on draft night]. I wish the best for him. I know he’s doing good out there in Miami. Other than that, that’s pretty much been our relationship.”
No team official was open to the idea of revisiting the factors that led to the Ravens bypassing Tunsil.
“I would say it doesn’t matter, and really, there’s no way to measure it,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I don’t even know, and I was in the draft room. I would probably say [general manager] Ozzie [Newsome] doesn’t know for sure. Or maybe Ozzie does, but he wasn’t telling us. It doesn’t really matter.”
Similarly, Stanley said he is not seeking bragging rights against Tunsil.
“I want to go out there and have a strong game for the win,” he said. “I don’t do it for the bragging. I’ll say ‘Congrats’ or ‘What’s up?’ after, but the bottom line is, I want to win.”