Would Ravens trade up from No. 6 for Joey Bosa or Jalen Ramsey?

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@jamisonhensley: The Ravens' track record says there is little chance of trading up. Baltimore's philosophy is that more picks gives a team more chances to find a playmaker, a starter or key contributor. It's simply the law of averages. The Ravens' decision-makers frowned on trading a bulk of picks to make a run at Matt Ryan in 2008, and there was hesitation to move up in that same draft to guarantee the selection of quarterback Joe Flacco (they ultimately did). The decision on whether to move up in the 2016 draft will be based on how the Ravens stack their board. In their minds, how much separation is there between the draft's top pass-rusher (Joey Bosa), left tackle (Laremy Tunsil) and defensive back (Jalen Ramsey) and the next tier of players? Is it enough to warrant giving up a second-round pick to jump into the top five? From my perspective, it is awfully tempting to trade up for Bosa or Ramsey because they're defensive playmakers who could put Baltimore on the path to rebound from a 5-11 season. Bosa seems to be a more valuable commodity after watching a pass-rusher like Von Miller make the plays he did in the Super Bowl, and Ramsey is intriguing after hearing the comparisons to Charles Woodson and Patrick Peterson. But doing so would go against their draft history. In 20 drafts, the Ravens have traded up in the first round just five times and not once in the last six ones.

@jamisonhensley: I feel that Baltimore will go with defense with its early picks, but it has nothing to do with the Broncos. It's in the Ravens' draft DNA to take defensive players with their top picks. Since 2010, Baltimore has used eight of its 12 first- and second-round picks on defensive players. This year, no one would be surprised if the Ravens stayed that course considering their need for a pass-rusher and a cornerback. The NFL, though, is a copycat league. After the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2000 with a dominant defense, eight of the first 19 picks in the 2001 draft were defensive linemen. The Broncos' victory could trigger a similar trend with defense.

@jamisonhensley: A good amount of the mock drafts certainly think so. Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley has been linked heavily to the Ravens at No. 6. It makes sense given the void at left tackle. Eugene Monroe, who has an $8.7 million cap number, wasn't given a strong vote of confidence at the end of the season, and Kelechi Osemele is going to be an unrestricted free agent. The Ravens likely will keep their options open at left tackle with an eye on an upgrade. They likely will explore what it'll take to re-sign Osemele and determine if there are any draft prospects who could start there. Taking a left tackle in the first round wouldn't generate the same buzz as a pass-rusher or a cornerback, but, with Flacco recovering from a season-ending knee injury, protecting his blind side has become one of the top three priorities this offseason.