Ronnie Stanley (2016):
The 2015 season for the Baltimore Ravens was absolutely miserable. There were countless amounts of key players ending the year on injured reserve and the team lost too many close games for the heart to handle. It was a blessing in disguise, however, as the team netted the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft which subsequently gave them Ronnie Stanley.
Stanley, similarly to Marlon Humphrey, was a stud from day one with the team. Unfortunately, he was too often overlooked and didn’t get the credit he so rightfully deserved. Stanley was an accomplished pass blocker during his time at Notre Dame but has become one of the more well-rounded tackles in the league since then.
Each year, Stanley has only gotten better. There’s an argument to be made that he’s the best tackle in football. His efficiency in pass protection and determination in run blocking is second to none. Baltimore’s historic offense simply wouldn’t have been what it was without him.
Ronnie Stanley’s importance to the team cannot be overstated. Having that cornerstone at left tackle is one of the most important aspects of any team, and the Baltimore Ravens are going to be giving him a fat new contract within the calendar year.