Ronnie Stanley gets drafted by the Baltimore Ravens with the 6th pick in the 1st round.
Notre Dame fans didn’t have to wait very long to find out where one of its favorite sons would continue playing football. Despite every mock draft in existence, and talking heads talking via their hair, Ronnie Stanley was the first offensive lineman took in the draft when Baltimore scooped him up with the sixth pick.
This was the start of the Laremy Tunsil freefall, and kickstarted the nights discussion of behavior issues with players, and of course someone going off on a rant about social media (thanks Jon Gruden- hope you didn’t vomit too violently).
But… forget all that.
Ronnie Stanley is the highest drafted player for Notre Dame since Rick Mirer went to the Seattle Seahawks number two overall.
Certainly Irish fans are ecstatic for Ronnie Stanley and are happy about the prestige of producing a first-rounder for the program. Baltimore fans however, may not be that happy and they had some other names in mind. Even closet Notre Dame fan Mel Kiper was against this pick, as he had Stanley ranked behind Laremy Tunsil and Jack Conklin. Because of this, Kiper and to some degree Gruden kind of trash Stanley a little bit.
Not what you expect from the sixth pick overall.
At any rate, this was a good get for Baltimore, a team that has a need at left tackle and an anchor for that offensive line. Ozzie Newsome is one of the most respected general manager’s in the game and he has a nice talent of getting good talent. I doubt there will be many complaints after Stanley puts in a decade plus for the Ravens, and that’s exactly what will probably happen.