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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