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Joey Bosa, Ronnie Stanley and DeForest Buckner are popular choices for the Ravens in NFL mock drafts

The NFL draft is now less than a month away, and if you look on the Internet, everybody's an expert.

Baltimore has the No. 6 pick after a 5-11 season. Here's a compilation of the Ravens' potential selections in various mock drafts.


Todd McShay: DeForest Buckner, DT/DE, Oregon- “The Ravens were unusually aggressive in free agency, signing S Eric Weddle, WR Mike Wallace and TE Benjamin Watson. While OT Ronnie Stanley and RB Ezekiel Elliott would both be in play here, I have a feeling Buckner would be the pick if GM Ozzie Newsome sticks to his best-available strategy. The No. 3 player on our board, Buckner isn't a traditional edge rusher, but he is disruptive against the run and plays with a great motor. He has the skill set to fit in both a 3-4 and 4-3 at the next level.”

Second round (pick No. 36) Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky- "High risk, high reward. Spence has Round 1 talent, but his off-field mishaps -- two drug-related suspensions that forced him to transfer away from Ohio State -- give teams pause."


Mel Kiper:  Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State- “The Ravens need help in the secondary and on the O-line, but it's hard to pass on a talent as complete as Bosa at this spot. A great pass-rusher does as much for a secondary as a good corner.

"Free-agency effect: With Kelechi Osemele headed elsewhere via free agency, the offensive line could be in play here, but the value is a question if [Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie] Stanley is off the board." [Kiper has Stanley going No. 3 to the Chargers.]


Charles Davis: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame- “QB Joe Flacco has been signed to another big contract, and needs to be protected. Stanley will be counted on to do exactly that with his great feet and pass-blocking skills.”

Daniel Jeremiah:  Ronnie Stanley- “The Ravens are at their best when they're strong in the trenches.”

Bucky Brooks: Joey Bosa- “The presence of aging defenders on the edge could lead Ozzie Newsome to add the energetic rusher to the mix.”

Lance Zierlein: Joey Bosa- “Bosa likely locked in a top-six draft slot at worst with his pro-day workout, and he has the size to be moved around as a rusher if the Ravens choose to do that.”

Maurice Jones-Drew: Ronnie Stanley- “Joe Flacco needs protection after getting beat up all season. Scouts describe Stanley as a dancing bear. With the addition of speedster Mike Wallace, Flacco needs time to throw the deep ball.”

Chad Reuter: Joey Bosa- “Just another quality pick by general manager Ozzie Newsome. Bosa's the perfect replacement for Courtney Upshaw, who left via free agency.”

Reuter's five-round mock draft then has Baltimore nabbing Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson in the second round, Arizona inside linebacker Scooby Wright in the third round, Arkansas offensive guard Sebastian Tretola, California running back Daniel Lasco, North Carolina Central cornerback Ryan Smith and Boise State offensive tackle Rees Odhiambo in the fourth.


Rob Rang and Jared Dubin believe the Ravens will select Ronnie Stanley.

Rang: “The Ravens appear ready to move on from Eugene Monroe, a disappointment at left tackle since being acquired in a trade with Jacksonville. Scouts wish Stanley was a little nastier in the running game, but his long arms and light feet make him a quality pass blocker.”

Dubin: “The Ravens will want Joe Flacco to push the ball down the field to Breshad Perriman these next few years. He needs time in the pocket to be able to do that, so they need to give him some help up front.”

Will Brinson and Pete Prisco think UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is the answer.

Brinson: “This might not be EXACTLY how things play out in the draft, but Ozzie Newsome walking away with incredible, franchise-altering value from a top-10 pick is what will happen.”

Prisco: “How angry will the rest of the league be if they got this rangy linebacker? He just might be the next Ray Lewis.”

Dane Brugler has DeForest Buckner headed to Baltimore.

Brugler: “Defensive line might not be the most glaring need on the Ravens' roster, but general manager Ozzie Newsome will have a tough time passing on a talent like Buckner if he's available at Baltimore's pick.”



Round 1 (No. 6): DeForest Buckner- "The Ravens are in a good spot. There appear to be six consensus top prospects in this underwhelming class: Laremy Tunsil, Carson Wentz, Jalen Ramsey, Joey Bosa, Myles Jack and DeForest Buckner. Baltimore will be able to take whichever of the six falls to them, and all but one fill a need. The lone exception is Wentz, and he, along with Tunsil won't drop to this spot.

Buckner is the player who drops to the Ravens in this scenario. The defensive line needs to be addressed in the wake of Chris Canty's release, and Buckner is a no-brainer as the top prospect available."

Round 2 (No. 36): Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State- "It appears as though the Ravens want to cut ties with the overpaid and injury-prone Eugene Monroe, but they'll need to spend an early selection on a left tackle in order to do that. Here's their future blind-side protector."

Round 3 (No. 70): Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma- "The Ravens added Eric Weddle via free agency, which was a nice move. However, they also need help at cornerback, and there's no way Jalen Ramsey is sliding to No. 6."

Round 4 (No. 104): Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona- "Daryl Smith's play has dropped off recently, so it wouldn't surprise me if the Ravens draft a successor at some point."

Round 4 (No. 132): Kenny Lawler, WR, California- "The Ravens brought in Mike Wallace, a curious decision, but one that could work. Here's a backup plan in case Wallace fails, just like he did in Miami and Minnesota."



Peter Schrager: Joey Bosa- “The Ravens were very active in free agency this year, bringing in Ben Watson, Mike Wallace, and Eric Weddle. Bosa was hyped as the next J.J. Watt throughout the college football season. He's probably not that, but that's OK. He's something special all the same. His dad played in the league (and still plays a major role in his life) and he's got an edge. We'll see, but I like the fit, regardless.”  


Chris Burke has the Ravens trading down with the Rams, who take quarterback Jared Goff in the six slot. Baltimore moves down to No. 15 and takes Alabama inside linebacker Reggie Ragland.

"GM Ozzie Newsome already has nine draft picks with which to play and we gave him another second-rounder with a trade down," Burke wrote. "The Ravens should be able to stockpile at several spots come April 28–30. Here, they score their new starter alongside fellow ex-Alabama star C.J. Mosley. The loss of Daryl Smith combined with Arthur Brown's stuck-in-neutral career leaves a new inside linebacker on the list of needs. Ragland's downhill, punishing mentality would pair well with what Baltimore likes to do."

In this theoretical trade, the Ravens also acquire pick No. 43 and a future second rounder.


SB Nation

Dan Kadar also has the Ravens trading No. 6 to the Rams, who this time take North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. Kadar doesn't explain what picks the Ravens get beyond the No. 15, where they take Noah Spence.

"If the Ravens trade all the way back from the sixth pick to No. 15, they'll probably be seeking a high-ceiling athlete," Kadar writes. "That's Spence, who plays much faster than his combine numbers suggest. He could eventually be the replacement for Terrell Suggs."


This website has the Ravens selecting DeForest Buckner in the first round of its seven-round mock draft.

Round 2 (No. 36): Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State

Round 3 (70): Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

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Round 4 (104): Darryl Worley, CB, West Virginia

Round 4 (130):  Roger Lewis, WR, Bowling Green

Round 4 (132): Harlan Miller, CB,  Southeaster Louisiana

Round 4 (134): Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan

Round 6 (182): Vio Teofilo, OG, Arizona

Round 6 (209): Tyler Higbee, TE, Western Kentucky



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NBC color commentator Cris Collinsworth: Myles Jack- “Athletic linebackers who can cover backs and tight ends in key man-coverage situations helped Denver win a Super Bowl. The versatility of Jack will allow the Ravens to be unpredictable on defense. To beat the best teams in the NFL, you have to take away the short quick passes that guys like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers use to control the pass rush. The Broncos beat both of those QBs when they were forced to hold the ball against tight pressure coverage. Assuming Jack’s knee is fine, he will be a shot of adrenaline for the Ravens and help protect their secondary with blitzes and coverage. He isn’t quite Ray Lewis, but his sideline-to-sideline speed will bring back that style of defense to the Ravens. Like Lewis, Jack brings a heavy punch to hits, he flies to holes like a running back, with great anticipation. Jack also plays with an aggression that will fit in perfectly with the Ravens.”