AP Pro32 ballot from Lynch

AP Pro32 ballot from Lynch

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter John Lynch of Fox Sports:

Week 14

JOHN LYNCH (Fox Sports)

1. Houston Texans - What a showdown coming with the Patriots coming on Monday night.

2. Atlanta Falcons - Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is coaching his tail off and this D is making great QB's look confused. Ask Drew Brees.

3. New England Patriots - What a showdown coming with the Texans on Monday night.

4. Denver Broncos - The Broncos lost to the three teams I have in front of them right now, but are a much better team now and I would like their chances versus all of them.

5. San Francisco 49ers - A bold move by Harbaugh to stick with Kaepernick at QB backfired against the Rams.

6. Green Bay Packers - Health may be the only thing holding the Pack back. Good news: Greg Jennings is back and Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews appear close to coming back. Bad news: WR Jordy Nelson is now out with a hamstring injury.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers - I moved them to the No. 7 spot with the anticipation of Big Ben coming back. With he and Polamalu back, this team is battle tested in meaningful games and tough to beat.

8. Baltimore Ravens - I know they are 9-3 and I like this team. Too many key injuries - Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb and now possibly Suggs again makes them awful vulnerable.

9. New York Giants - The Giants have been very inconsistent and to me it starts up front on both sides of the ball. This D-line that has been so feared and integral to their success and championships in recent years needs to start dominating!

10. Chicago Bears - The Bears are now banged up on D. This team is built to succeed at this time of year and needs to get healthy to make their run.

11. Indianapolis Colts - The Colts continue their special season and are now 8-4. Andrew Luck is a special player and will be for a long, long time in this league.

12. Seattle Seahawks - I'm more impressed with this team and their rookie QB each week. Beating the Bears at Chicago is a big step for them as they had been rock solid at home but struggled on the road. The possible looming suspensions of their CB tandem would devastate this Defense and team.

13. Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals are stacking W's and proving to be tough competition.

14. Washington Redskins - The 'Skins are back in the hunt after an impressive W on Monday night against the Giants. Mike Shanahan and his staff are coaching their hearts out. On offense they are maxing out RG3's vast skill and on D they are doing a lot with a little.

15. Dallas Cowboys - Romo looked really good in the second half. Problem is, he needed to as the Cowboys let Nick Foles and the Eagles hang 33 on them.

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Bucs gave the Broncos all they could handle in the first half. In the second half, Peyton Manning and Von Miller proved to be too much for the Bucs. Schiano can coach and has this team prepared and ready to compete every week.

17. New Orleans Saints - The Saints just lost to the Falcons and now they travel to the Giants to face a ticked off Giants team.

18. Minnesota Vikings - Adrian Peterson is an absolute stud. The Vikings need more like him.

19. St. Louis Rams - Jeff Fisher has done a masterful job with this team!

20. Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins had a tough draw facing the Patriots.

21. Buffalo Bills - Mario Williams is starting to make the impact the Bills expected. Too little, too late for the Bills and Mario?

22. Detroit Lions - Underachieving in Detroit! This team is very talented. Talent alone doesn't win you games.

23. San Diego Chargers - Another fourth-quarter lead for the Chargers and another blown fourth quarter lead for the Chargers. Their inability to finish will likely lead to a very different Chargers team next season.

24. Cleveland Browns - The Browns have won two in a row. That's right, the Browns have won two in a row.

25. New York Jets - Joe Namath may line up at QB for the Jets this week. Jets fan could only wish.

26. Tennessee Titans - Clearly not ready to compete with the Texans.

27. Carolina Panthers - Tough game for anyone to have to play in at KC.

28. Arizona Cardinals - Ugly!

29. Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles youth showed up on offense but their defense continued to play awful football at Dallas.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars - A step backward as the Jags fell to the Bills.

31. Kansas City Chiefs - God bless them all.

32. Oakland Raiders - The Raiders turnaround has a long way to go ... condolences to Dennis Allen and his family as they mourn the loss of his father.

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Ravens tried trading up for Jalen Ramsey, Cowboys said no

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Ravens tried trading up for Jalen Ramsey, Cowboys said no

Ronnie Stanley was the Ravens’ choice, but they were chasing Jalen Ramsey.

The Ravens tried trading up to No. 4 with the Cowboys in Round 1 to take defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida St., an NFL source said, confirming an ESPN report. In return, the Ravens were offering the sixth pick and one of their fourth-round picks.

However, the Cowboys had trepidation about trading down to No. 6, afraid that another team might trade up to No. 5 and take running back Ezekiel Elliott. So the Cowboys stayed put at No. 4 and took Elliott, the Jaguars took Ramsey at No. 5, while the Ravens opted for Stanley at No. 6 over Oregon defensive end DeForest Bucker, who the 49ers took at No. 7.

Asked whether he had conversations about moving up in Round 1, Ravens general manger Ozzie Newsome said, “We had some conversation in the room, and I would say we talked to a team.”

Ramsey’s ability to play both safety and corner, along with his physicality, could have dramatically changed the look of the Ravens’ secondary. But getting Ramsey was always going to be difficult for the Ravens.

With that door now closed, it would not be surprising to see the Ravens take a cornerback with their early second-round pick (No. 36 overall) Friday night.

Mackensie Alexander of Clemson, Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech, Cyrus Jones of Alabama, and Xavien Howard of Baylor are among top corners still on the board.

Why Ravens feel they made right call with Stanley over Tunsil

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Why Ravens feel they made right call with Stanley over Tunsil

Here are three reasons why drafting left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the No. 6 pick made sense for the Ravens:

1. They need a left tackle they can count on, and Eugene Monroe hasn’t been that guy. 

Monroe has been injury-prone the last two seasons, and it’s clear his future with the team is uncertain. Perhaps a healthy Monroe spends another season with the Ravens, and Stanley can play left guard if he struggles during offseason workouts and training camp. But the Ravens drafted Stanley with the intention of him being the starting left tackle. Listen to what coach John Harbaugh had to say when asked about Monroe, and the left tackle position.

“It pans out how it pans out,” Harbaugh said. “May the best man win. We’ll see who that is.” 

2. The Ravens believe they can trust Stanley, both on and off the field.

The Ravens couldn’t miss on this pick, which means they couldn’t risk someone who carries off-the-field baggage. That made the choice between Stanley and Mississipi left tackle Laremy Tunsil easier. Harbaugh is close friends with Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. Harbaugh and Hiestand had a long conversation about Stanley that helped sell Harbaugh.

“He couldn’t speak enough to his character, to his intelligence, to his toughness, and to what kind of football player he was going to be Harbaugh said. 

3. All the Ravens’ plans for next season go down the drain if Joe Flacco suffers another season-ending injury. 

“We just invested a lot in Joe (Flacco ) for the next six years,” said general manager Ozzie Newsome. “We feel like Ronnie comes in with an opportunity to compete, and at some point will be a starter and a starter for a long time for the Baltimore Ravens.”

MORE RAVENS: CHARLEY CASSERLY GIVES A REPORT ON STANLEY

Newsome on Stanley: He was our top-rated guy at time of pick

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Newsome on Stanley: He was our top-rated guy at time of pick

OWINGS MILLS -- After watching two of their top defensive targets go off the board – defensive end Joey Bosa to San Diego at No. 3 and defensive back Jalen Ramsey to Jacksonville at No. 5 – the Ravens went on the offensive, selecting Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley with the sixth overall pick in the draft.

The move gives the Ravens a potential long-term anchor on Joe Flacco’s blind side, but in picking Stanley, the Ravens chose not to immediately address their defensive concerns, bypassing Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner – who went No. 7 overall to the 49ers — and also opted against Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil, who many considered a potential No. 1 overall pick.

General manager Ozzie Newsome said Stanley was the Ravens top-rated player when they picked and dismissed concerns about not drafting defense first.

“Well we got eight picks,” Newsome said, “and we got a good board.”

Assuming the Ravens do not trade back into the first round, the Ravens will next pick at No. 36 overall.

As for Tunsil, he became one of the stories of the draft when, minutes before the draft began, a video surfaced on his Twitter feed that appeared to show him wearing a gas mask and smoking something from a bong. The Twitter account was deleted. 

Tunsil fell out of the top 10 and was selected by the Dolphins at No. 13 overall.

Newsome implied the Ravens already had concerns about Tunsil.

“Our scouts get a lot of information and when things happen, a lot of times we’re not surprised,” Newsome said after the Ravens selected Stanley. “So, we took the best player, the player who was rated highest on the board at that point.”

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