According to Bleacher Report NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller, Notre Dame senior left tackle Ronnie Stanley is expected to enter the 2016 NFL Draft this upcoming spring.
Breaking NFL draft news: Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley will enter the 2016 NFL Draft, per my conversation with him today.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) December 9, 2015
Per Miller’s most recent draft big board, Stanley (6-foot-5, 315 lbs.) is the No. 1 overall tackle available and enters as the No. 5-ranked prospect for the entire class. He’s listed as the “most NFL-ready,” the “best pass-blocker,” and the “lowest risk” out of any other tackles declaring for the draft.
And in his latest NFL mock draft, Miller projects Stanley to be taken No. 3 overall by the San Diego Chargers:
“The San Diego Chargers have plenty of needs, but the left tackle position stands out as an area where an immediate upgrade is in order,” he wrote. “I know; I know: The offensive line has been injured all year, and we can’t fully evaluate the offense because of this. But if I have the option of King Dunlap or Stanley at left tackle next year, give me Stanley. Philip Rivers would agree.
“What the Chargers should do in this situation meshes with what I think they would do: Go young at left tackle and build on the upside of this long, athletic blocker with the potential to be a long-term Pro Bowler.”
Stanley will play in his final college game when Notre Dame faces Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day.