The Ravens announced that they have signed third-round pick Bronson Kaufusi. Kaufusi was the team’s last unsigned rookie and the Ravens have now inked their entire 2016 draft class.
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Kaufusi, a defensive end out of BYU, went on a Mormon mission before starting college and is one of the oldest player’s in this year’s class at 25 years old. Before he landed on the NFL radar, Kaufusi his split time between football and basketball. Once he zeroed in on football, he attempted to drop down in weight and shift to outside linebacker, but that experiment did not work out. Still, Kaufusi impressed as a bookend and despite projections that he would go in the fourth or fifth round of this year’s draft, he wound up being selected with the seventh pick in the third round.
The Ravens selected Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley at No. 6 overall, but that reportedly wasn’t their plan heading into draft night. The Ravens were said to have Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil rated as their top tackle, but the infamous gas mask bong video scared them off. For what it’s worth, GM Ozzie Newsome says that Stanley was their top-rated tackle all along. He also hinted that the team got wind of some off-field issues regarding Tunsil:
“The thing that I’m so proud of, . . . our scouts get a lot of information,” Newsome said. “When things happen, a lot of the times we’re not surprised. We took the best player, the player that was rated the highest on the board at that point. I cannot neglect the importance of the work that our scouts do in the fall and in the spring getting information for us.”
Here’s the full rundown of the Ravens’ 11-man draft class:
- 1-6: Ronnie Stanley, T (Notre Dame)
- 2-42: Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB (Boise State)
- 3-70: Bronson Kaufusi, DE/OLB (Brigham Young)
- 4-104: Tavon Young, CB (Temple)
- 4-107: Chris Moore, WR (Cincinnati)
- 4-130: Alex Lewis, T (Nebraska)
- 4-132: Willie Henry, DT (Michigan)
- 4-134: Kenneth Dixon, RB (Louisiana Tech)
- 5-146: Matt Judon, DE (Grand Valley State)
- 6-182: Keenan Reynolds, QB/WR (Navy)
- 6-209: Maurice Canady, CB (Virginia)
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