The Baltimore Ravens are without question one of the more intriguing teams to keep an eye on this offseason. They are coming off of a rough 2015 NFL season, and are going to do everything in their power to get back into playoff contention next season.
Looking ahead at the 2016 NFL Draft, there are plenty of ways for the Ravens to improve with the No. 6 overall pick.
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report believes that the Ravens will end up selecting Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa. If that does, indeed, end up being the case, the Baltimore defense will take a step forward. Bosa may not end up being a superstar, but he is a very good pass rusher and was a top-notch playmaker for the Buckeyes.
Baltimore has been in need of adding another playmaker or two to the defensive side of the field, and the Ravens’ Twitter account tweeted out that both Bosa and Shaq Lawson are playmakers.
That tweet has further fueled the fire that the Ravens could be interested in Bosa if he drops to them. Bosa has been rumored to be a player that will be gone in the top five picks, but his draft stock has apparently been plummeting over the past week or two.
Last season, the Ravens ended the year with a 5-11 record, and there were obvious holes in their defense. After Terrell Suggs went down for the season with a torn Achilles, it appeared that the defense fell apart. There were no leaders that stepped up and they simply didn’t appear to have answers for opposing offense against the pass or run.
Bosa may not be the type of player that becomes the face of the Ravens’ defense, but he has the work ethic and talent to become a top pass rusher. He certainly could become the face of the Baltimore defense if he lives up to his full potential.
Throughout the 2015 college football season with Ohio State, Bosa ended up recording 51 total tackles, five sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, and four defensed passes.
If the Ravens do decide to take Bosa with the No. 6 overall pick, there are going to be many happy fans. Bosa has a great personality to go along with his skill and also showed excellent leadership at Ohio State.
There are plenty of other needs that the Ravens could address with the No. 6 overall pick. They need some help on the offensive line, but there is a good chance that the best offensive linemen will already be off the board. Baltimore could use help anywhere in their front seven on the defensive side of the football, and Bosa will likely be the best player available if he’s still on the board.
Bosa has been a consistent presence for Ohio State throughout his career in Columbus. He has put up quite a few major highlights, but has been more than a flashy player. Baltimore will be looking for a player that brings consistency to go along with major playmaking.
As you can see from some of the footage, Bosa has excellent speed off the block and can get around the edge very quickly. Opposing offensive linemen in college had a very difficult time slowing him down.
Standing in at 6-foot-6 and weighing 275 pounds, Bosa’s body should be just fine to compete with NFL offensive linemen. That is a problem that many college pass rushers have heading to the next level, but Bosa could very well have a similar advantage with his size at the next level as he did in college.
All of that being said, Bosa makes a lot of sense for the Ravens in the draft. If he is indeed in the board when the No. 6 overall pick rolls around, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him end up in Baltimore.
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