Leading up to the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday, offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley had been facing concerns about his work ethic that could send him sliding down the first round. However, there is now a sense he could be taken within the first 10 picks.
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Some GMs Reportedly Favor Stanley over Tunsil
Tuesday, April 26
Michael Silver of NFL.com reported he has spoken to "several" general managers who have Stanley higher than Laremy Tunsil, who has been "generally assumed" to be the draft's top tackle.
Silver added, "There is even some sense that the Chargers are considering Stanley (as well as Tunsil) with the third overall pick."
Miller Weighs in on Stanley's Draft Stock
Friday, April 8
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller said, "I will be shocked if [Stanley] isn't drafted in the first 10 picks."
Stanley is currently slotted to go No. 8 to the Philadelphia Eagles in Miller's latest mock draft.
Stanley Faces Question Marks
Thursday, March 31
"There are a lot of questions on his mental toughness and work ethic," a former NFC personnel director told Matt Lombardo of NJ.com. "He's a very gifted athlete but has only average strength."
Lombardo's source also said:
He didn't lift at the Combine and said last week he thought he would do 20 reps at his Pro Day. That's awful for an elite offensive lineman. He has to really come out and work hard at his Pro Day.
His task is to erase some doubts. He has huge upside but also huge downside. Stanley has the natural tools to be great, but there is a big 'if' involved with him. That means there is also a huge bust factor teams need to consider.
Stanley Has Potential to Be Elite NFL OT
Stanley's unlimited potential will likely stop him from falling too far. He measured at 6'6" and 312 pounds at the combine, giving him ideal size to go with brilliant off-the-snap quickness and solid technique. There may be no better pass blocker in this class.
In a way, it's fair to wonder if the concerns being thrown around are more of a smokescreen than anything. As the draft draws nearer, it's harder and harder to discern actual information from things purposefully leaked to shift the scales in one way or another. Stanley can likely quell any questions teams have about him Thursday with a strong workout, though.
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