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Brady Quinn says Ravens nearly drafted him

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Brady Quinn had a lengthy wait before finally hearing his name called on the first day of the 2007 NFL Draft. Quinn slid down the board before the Cleveland Browns traded with the Dallas Cowboys to move up and select Quinn with the 22nd overall pick.

However, Quinn says that he was close to being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens instead.

Appearing on NFL Network, Quinn said right up until the Browns made the trade up to 22, he had been on the phone with multiple members of the Ravens’ staff and was told they were planning on taking him.

“During that pick, I was on the phone with the Baltimore Ravens the entire time,” Quinn said. So, I was talking to (general manager) Ozzie Newsome, coach (Brian) Billick and coach (Rick) Neuheisel because I hadn’t interviewed with them, hadn’t worked out for them or anything.

“All of a sudden with like a minute left I get a call from a 216 area code, which happened to be Cleveland. It was the Browns calling to tell me they were trading up to the 22nd pick.”

Quinn said the Ravens were planning on taking him with the 23rd pick, which may imply a potential deal with the Ravens had ready to go with the Kansas City Chiefs to move up. Instead, the Chiefs selected receiver Dwayne Bowe with the 23rd pick and the Ravens held their place and selected guard Ben Grubbs.

Daniel Jeremiah, who was hosting the program, was a member of the Ravens scouting staff at that time and echoed Quinn’s statements that Baltimore were seriously considering selecting Quinn.

“We were talking to you on the phone and having that discussion about ‘are we going to take Brady Quinn? We can’t believe he’s still on the board,'” Jeremiah said.

Instead, the Ravens waited another year before taking a quarterback in the first round. Baltimore selected Joe Flacco with the 18th overall selection in 2008.

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40 Responses to “Brady Quinn says Ravens nearly drafted him”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Apr 29, 2014 1:04 AM

    I would of cried if we did. Flacco isn’t greatest but I will take him over Brady Quinn 10000000000000x every time.

  2. imthedudedude says: Apr 29, 2014 1:41 AM

    Um, ok Brady.. Um, you know no one cares… Right buddy?

  3. clintblairjr says: Apr 29, 2014 1:45 AM

    He might of turned out differently if he had not went to the unstable browns

  4. trbowman says: Apr 29, 2014 1:47 AM

    Big time fan of Quinn. Smart guy who’s doing good work for the league with his program.

    I hope he he gets a shot with a team this off-season. Pssssst I have been waiting for him to be a Buffalo Bill for a century – come on now.

  5. edelmanfanclub says: Apr 29, 2014 1:50 AM

    Sometimes the best picks are the ones you dont make

  6. smartanis says: Apr 29, 2014 2:11 AM

    But for a fortunate twist of fate, the Ravens might have ended up with two first-round QB busts in a row, and the Browns might have taken a Super Bowl winner to bring an end to the Factory of Sadness.

    But, no, the Browns couldn’t even do dumb luck right.

  7. uglydingo says: Apr 29, 2014 2:18 AM

    Further confirmation that Brian Billick can’t pick QBs, but when he appears on TV he sounds like he knows it all.

  8. britishraven says: Apr 29, 2014 2:24 AM

    Thank god we didn’t

  9. campcouch says: Apr 29, 2014 2:56 AM

    an unfortunately the Browns never gave him a legit shot. that old regime had no idea how to develop any talent or had any patience. a player that wanted to be a Brown…a local boy that loved the team. man I wish we had a do-over or that Mr. Lerner hadn’t passed away. his son drove the new franchise into the ground.

  10. singisking says: Apr 29, 2014 3:09 AM

    Oh what could’ve been..Brady Quinn and Troy Smith on the same team as a legendary QB tandem. Brady Quinn getting a Super Bowl ring of his own instead of having to always look admiringly at Chuckie Weiss’s. Brady Quinn finally winning a game in M&T, after having lost @Navy there as the Irish QB. Brady getting crushed by Ray Ray in practice rather than in NFC North dogfights

    Narrowly missed out on all those things..

  11. shaggeez says: Apr 29, 2014 3:52 AM

    Dodged a bullet there, eh ravens fans?

  12. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 29, 2014 3:56 AM

    Akili Quinn is a BUST.

  13. pghkid724 says: Apr 29, 2014 5:12 AM

    they both suck.

  14. dcapettini says: Apr 29, 2014 5:47 AM

    Boy, am I glad that things worked out the way they did. Say it isn’t so Ozzie.

  15. thebirdsareback says: Apr 29, 2014 5:55 AM

    Thanks Cleveland!!!! AGAIN!

  16. watermelon1 says: Apr 29, 2014 6:10 AM

    Sounds like a QB the ravens would draft.

    Ravens have had such a strong team but the QB remains the weak spot even after all these years.

    The team carried flacco to a ring, and multiple playoff appearances. NOT the other way around.

    Could it be worse than flacco? Sure. But could it be much better? Yep. He’s it a rookie and people should really stop using the “he’s young, he’s still learning” nonsense. It’s not like there’s been steady improvement. He’s been on a plateau for quite a while.

  17. eaglesw00t says: Apr 29, 2014 6:13 AM

    I honestly believe Quinn and couch might have been actual football players if they didn’t get drafted by Cleveland

  18. reed20fence says: Apr 29, 2014 6:38 AM

    Dodged that bullet.

  19. dapollock69 says: Apr 29, 2014 6:43 AM

    So the moral of the story is that the ravens would have drafted Joe Flacco with the 18th pick in 2008 regardless. Got it.

  20. jerrysglassescleaner says: Apr 29, 2014 6:57 AM

    Quinn was a popular player like Tebow in college expecting the NFL starter job security just handed to him and he didn’t come through. Work ethic is not enough son. Got to have the common sense as well. Hope plan C is in play cause plan B (benchwarmer) ain’t gonna be there to long.

  21. afcdomination says: Apr 29, 2014 7:02 AM

    NFL N always lists accomplishments when they speak…since you know its not like the introduction every segment was enough…and the hilarious part with Quinn was the BEST they could find

    7 year NFL Career
    12 TD’s
    22nd pick in the draft

    better leave him out of the segments where the non NFL Player starts talking how many pro bowls are sitting next to them

  22. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Apr 29, 2014 7:31 AM

    A little luck never hurts

  23. feelnsavage says: Apr 29, 2014 7:34 AM

    Lool…. wheeeew close one…. well not really… well maybe… umm not really…. Good Luck Steve Smith…You made Delhomme amazing, I believe in u!

  24. 2blingluvinit says: Apr 29, 2014 7:40 AM

    Even when Ozzie doesn’t pull the trigger he proves he’s the best GM in the NFL.

  25. rocketcrab says: Apr 29, 2014 7:48 AM

    Whew! Dodged that bullet.

  26. pwebster919 says: Apr 29, 2014 7:53 AM

    dodged a bullet there…

  27. coachbeck says: Apr 29, 2014 7:53 AM

    Funny how things could have been. I love stories like these

  28. deerhuntinfool71 says: Apr 29, 2014 7:55 AM

    I wish the ravens would have drafted him. Signed a browns fan.

  29. fordmandalay says: Apr 29, 2014 8:02 AM

    Oh he’ll wind up playing for the Ravens eventually, as he continues his tour of every team in the NFL. Or does he play for them now? Who bothers to keep track??

  30. Big Ant TV says: Apr 29, 2014 8:10 AM

    wow and dat they say is what history wrote
    that 1 trade got the raven a 2nd title ugh my browns just cant get it right 😦

  31. coloradofort says: Apr 29, 2014 8:19 AM

    Highlighting once again what an inexact science player evaluations truly are……..

  32. brownsclown says: Apr 29, 2014 8:24 AM

    “Brady Quinn says Ravens nearly drafted him”….and Ozzie Newsome is so damn glad he didn’t!

  33. aurelh23 says: Apr 29, 2014 8:25 AM


    -Ravens Fans and Management everywhere

  34. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Apr 29, 2014 8:40 AM

    Everyone knew Brady Quinn was going to be a bust.
    I still remember ESPN bashing Al Davis for not taking him. I still think Darren McFadden was a better pick than Quinn is. Not to mention Raiders also got Tyvon Branch in that draft.
    ESPN is the worst in the world. These are the same people that said “Raiders would be stupid not to take JaMarcus Russell” Raiders do take Russell he turns out to be a bust NOW they say “look how stupid Al was”

  35. guitarkevin says: Apr 29, 2014 8:59 AM

    Quinn is a good kid, but I am glad we ended up getting Flacco the next year.

  36. realfootballfan says: Apr 29, 2014 9:55 AM

    Headline should read, “Ravens Dodged Bullet in draft Bust, Quinn.”

  37. ravensterps says: Apr 29, 2014 10:09 AM


  38. ravensfaninflorida says: Apr 29, 2014 11:14 AM

    Makes me appreciate Flacco all the more now !!

  39. ytownjoe says: Apr 29, 2014 12:04 PM

    The Curse of Art Model continues . . .

  40. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 29, 2014 9:33 PM

    Even if Cleveland didn’t trade up, there’s no way the ravens were drafting Quinn. Time would have expired on their pick.

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