Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley to Ravens at #6 Makes Sense



Editor’s note: this article ran originally on April 7th. Now in light of the Ravens selecting Ronnie Stanley.

Ronnie Stanley, when he speaks at media opportunities, reminds me of The Simpsons episode when Homer joins the U.S. Naval Reserve. Entitled “Simpson Tide,” it’s a quasi-parody of Crimson Tide, as Homer, through fate and circumstance, ends up as a de facto Captain of a nuclear vessel.

Before boarding, Captain Tenile addressed the men:

“I’m a man of few words.”

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That’s all he says.

Attending a media session with Ronnie Stanley, the former Notre Dame Offensive Tackle, is very reminiscent of that episode’s moment. When you write a feature on Stanley, be prepared to do all the heavy lifting, because you’re not going to get much from to work with from him.

(Likewise with Michigan State freshman big, potential one-and-done to the NBA Deyonta Davis).

Of course, Stanley isn’t trying out to be a talk show host, he’s on his way to get paid protecting quarterbacks and blocking for rushers. Stanley succeeds in destroying opposing defensive linemen in the same manner that he destroys any chances of a press conference being interesting. Seriously, look at his Fiesta Bowl transcripts if you don’t believe me.

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We’ve seen Stanley linked with the Baltimore Ravens in a lot of mock drafts. We’ve had him slotted there for months. A reporter noticed the same thing and asked NFL Network draftnik Mike Mayock about it on media call this week.  

“He was talking about Ronnie Stanley to Baltimore, and I’ve seen an awful lot of Ronnie Stanley. He was a great high school basketball player in Las Vegas,” said Mayock.

“He’s got basketball feet. He’s a prototype left tackle. I think he’s closer to Tunsil than a lot of people do. They’re very similar, great feet, long arms, both are pass protectors first, which is what you want in this pass -first league.”

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“Both of them a little bit suspect in the run game, but I think Ronnie Stanley is a day -one starter and would be a solid option for Baltimore at 6.”

We knew since last summer that Stanley was going to be a top ten pick, and now it appears that he’s just a month and change away from making it happen.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports, partnered with FOX Sports Engage Network. and News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, currently contributes regularly to the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye publication and Bold Global.

He also consistently appears on numerous talk shows all across the country. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram


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