The Baltimore Ravens have been admittedly lucky over the years with top players falling to them in the draft, from Ray Lewis to Terrell Suggs to Ed Reed to Haloti Ngata. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. believes the Ravens will have continued good fortune in his second mock draft of 2016.
Kiper projects Ohio State pass-rusher Joey Bosa to Baltimore at the No. 6 overall pick. This would be quite a surprise for the Ravens considering Kiper and Todd McShay both have Bosa as the top-ranked player in this draft.
Bosa would be a dynamic addition to the Ravens, who would team him with Suggs and Elvis Dumervil to form one of the best pass rush combinations in the league. Bringing in a younger pass-rusher has been considered one of the team's priorities, and owner Steve Bisciotti spoke about how the inability to replace an injured Suggs last season changed the entire season for Baltimore. And everyone saw how a dominant pass rush helped the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl title earlier this month.
The reason why Bosa has been among the most highly touted prospects in this draft is his combination of great upper body strength, hands and motor. He finished with 26 sacks and 50.5 tackles for loss in 41 games at Ohio State. The knock on Bosa is he's not as explosive as many prototypical edge rushers like Denver's Von Miller, which is why he isn't a lock to be the No. 1 player selected this year.
So, how could Bosa slide down to the Ravens? The key in Kiper's mock draft is two quarterbacks going in the top five and the San Diego Chargers taking Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner. That would allow Bosa to fall to No. 6, where the Ravens would likely be ecstatic to take him.