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Mel Kiper's latest mock draft could be Ravens' ideal scenario

Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa plays against Penn State.
Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa plays against Penn State. (Jay LaPrete / Associated Press)

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest mock will surely put a smile on the face of many Ravens' fans.

Kiper has Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa, who some, including Kiper, rank as the top player in the draft, going to the Ravens with the sixth overall pick. Bosa is still available for the Ravens in Kiper's mock because he has the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys taking quarterbacks with the second and fourth picks, respectively.

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After Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil goes to the Tennessee Titans first overall, Kiper has the Browns taking North Dakota State's Carson Wentz, the San Diego Chargers selecting Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner at pick three, the Cowboys picking California quarterback Jared Goff and the Jacksonville Jaguars grabbing Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey at five.

Look, some pundits appear convinced that Bosa might be overhyped, and he could struggle a little in the NFL. But I'd have to think if the first five picks play out like Kiper suggests that they might, the Ravens would be overjoyed to have an opportunity to select Bosa.

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Sure, the former Ohio State standout might be better suited to play defensive end in a 4-3 defense rather than in a 3-4. However, he's hardly a one-dimensional pass rusher. He does a lot of things, including stopping the run. He's a fit in any defense, and he's exactly the type of versatile and disruptive force that the Ravens need.

Again, the draft is still 10 weeks away. The NFL scouting combine hasn't happened yet. Pro days and pre-draft workouts haven't started. A lot of stuff written or said at this point in the process is little more than conjecture.

I'd personally be surprised if Bosa falls to six given the premium placed on pass rushers in today's game. I'd also be surprised if the Cowboys draft a quarterback that high with Tony Romo in the middle of a long-term deal. But my guess is that the Ravens wouldn't be complaining if they did.

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