2016: Ronnie Stanley, T, Baltimore Ravens
It is poetic justice that this is the second offensive lineman that we have seen thus far as if the Los Angeles Chargers do end up signing a free-agent quarterback then the team will undoubtedly draft a lineman with the sixth-overall pick to bolster the line for the new face under center.
Stanley may not be as accomplished as Quenton Nelson is through just two seasons but he is still one of the best left tackles in the entire league and is a critical component of a Ravens’ offensive line that has the duty of blocking a run-heavy team.
In fact, Stanley took a massive leap in 2019 to be named to his first Pro Bowl of his career. Not only did he double the AV from the previous season, but he was named as an All-Pro, meaning that three of the last four sixth-overall picks were All-Pros in 2019.
Just like past years, there were other talented players that the Ravens could have selected, which is the nature of the beast with this high of a pick, but they also made the right choice.
While there are other players that could have been selected, Staley has been such a good fit and took a massive leap last season, warranting the selection if he hadn’t already.