Who do experts think the Ravens will pick?
We did this exercise two weeks ago, and whether anything actually happened in the meantime or people just like to change their mind, the results are new in many mock drafts.
Mel Kiper (Old pick: Joey Bosa): Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State- “The Ravens could go in a number of directions here, but this is a spot where Elliott starts to come into play for teams who want to stay strict to a "best player available" strategy. No question he'll benefit any team he lands with, including the Ravens."
Todd McShay (Unchanged since March 2): 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.”
Charles Davis (Unchanged since March 23): 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 (Old pick: Ronnie Stanley): Buckner - “The Ravens are at their best when they dominate the trenches.”
Bucky Brooks (Old pick: Joey Bosa): Buckner- “The freakishly athletic defender can play multiple spots in the Ravens' hybrid scheme."
Lance Zierlein (Unchanged since March 21): 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 (Unchanged since March 21): 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: (Unchanged since March 28) Joey Bosa- “Just another quality pick by general manager Ozzie Newsome. Bosa's the perfect replacement for Courtney Upshaw, who left via free agency.”
Ike Taylor (First mock): Vernon Hargreaves- "You can never have enough corners in the AFC North these days, and Hargreaves fits the defensive mindset of John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome."
Charley Casserly (First mock): Stanley- "Myles Jack could be considered here, too, but Ravens must solidify LT position to protect Joe Flacco."
Rob Rang (Old pick: Stanley): Buckner- “Defensive line isn't necessarily a huge area of need for the Ravens but adding beef up front is always a priority in the AFC North. At 6-7, 290 pounds, Buckner is an ideal five-technique defensive end for the Ravens' 3-4 scheme.”
Jared Dubin (Old pick: Stanley): Buckner- “I've had Ronnie Stanley in this spot for each of our first three mock drafts, but I'm feeling a change this week. Putting Buckner on the defensive line next to Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan would cause a ton of problems for opposing offensive lines.”
Will Brinson (Old pick: Myles Jack): Elliott- “This is a little nuts, but it kind of makes sense. I think Ozzie Newsome is firmly of the belief you can find running backs in far cheaper places than the top 10 of the draft. But I also think he's willing to truly stick to his board and I wouldn't be surprised if a guy like Elliott was the best player on there for him right here. He's a tremendous runner, an excellent pass-catcher and a pro-ready blocker.”
Pete Prisco (Old Pick: Jack): Bosa “They could fit him into their scheme like they did with Terrell Suggs back in the day. They need pass-rush help.”
Dane Brugler (Old pick: Buckner): Buckner- “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.”
Walterfootball.com (Old pick: Buckner) 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. Ronnie Stanley would also be an option in the event that the Browns don't take a quarterback for some reason.
Chris Burke (Old pick:Reggie Ragland, after trade down): Buckner- When it comes to finding a perfect prospect-team fit in this draft, there are not a lot of better choices than this one. Buckner’s game is tailor-made for the Ravens’s 3–4 attack—a 3–4 attack, by the way, that could use more of a presence at DE.
Doug Farrar: Stanley- “Losing Kelechi Osemele to the Raiders was a big blow to a Ravens organization that had Osemele projected as a possible future franchise left tackle. Add in Eugene Monroe’s uncertain future with the team—he’s got an $8.7 million cap hit in 2016—and it makes a lot of sense for the Ravens to take Stanley here. If Monroe bounces back from injury, Stanley can play on the right side, and he looks like a left tackle who would need a minimum of finishing work before he’s ready to hit a roster. Stanley is nastier than Tunsil—he’s not quite as refined, but he has a great combination of power and technique with an intriguing upside.”