Could the Ravens draft a first-round quarterback?

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The Ravens have never wavered from their commitment to quarterback Joe Flacco. They drafted him in 2008, immediately made him their starter, made him the highest-paid player in NFL history after he won the Super Bowl MVP award, and are still committed to paying him more than $22 million a year.

But could this be the year they waver on their commitment, and draft a first-round quarterback to replace Flacco?

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun thinks it’s possible, noting that Flacco is 33 years old, has been dealing with injuries the last three seasons, and has been a thoroughly mediocre quarterback in the past few years. Zrebiec thinks it’s more likely the Ravens would try to find a quarterback in the middle rounds this year and use their first-round pick on a player who can help them win now, but a first-round quarterback can’t be ruled out.

What can be ruled out is Flacco getting cut: His contract is structured so that he’d actually count more against the Ravens’ salary cap if they cut him this year than he would if they kept him on the roster. But next year it’s possible that he could be released, even though he’d have a fairly big dead cap number next year as well.

Given the possibility of moving on from Flacco next year, the Ravens could consider following the path the Chiefs took with the transition from Alex Smith to Patrick Mahomes: Draft a quarterback in the first round, let him develop behind the veteran for one season, and then move on a year later.

The Ravens have the 16th overall pick, and it’s too soon to say which quarterbacks will be available. But if there’s a quarterback Baltimore likes, that quarterback might be Flacco’s successor.

28 responses to “Could the Ravens draft a first-round quarterback?

  1. He cannot play forever so sooner or later they will need to find a quarterback to succeed him, if not replace him. Last year, the Ravens did not beat a single team that eventually made it to the playoffs. In contrast, Jimmy Garoppolo took a team that had only won a single game all season and he beat 3 teams that were playoff bound in a row: Tennessee, Jacksonville, and LA Rams. It shows that the self-proclaimed best quarterback in the NFL is probably over the hill.

  2. He sure max’d out his earnings. You have to give him that. He was really Kirk Cousins 1.0.

  3. .
    This year’s draft may not set a record for most QBs selected in the first round, but it’s probably a lock to set a record for the most taken in the top 15. There’s far too many QB needy teams chasing too few quality QBs.
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  4. The Ravens are stuck. They are multiple players away from fielding a SB contending team and the one player that prevents them from contending is Flacco. But his contract is an albatross around their neck. They have to endure two more seasons with him. That tells me this year they ain’t drafting a QB in round one. But maybe next year. After they cough up yet another 90 yard drive, for the third year in a row, to get bounced from the playoffs.

  5. “dirtdawg53 says:
    …the one player that prevents them from contending is Flacco…..After they cough up yet another 90 yard drive, for the third year in a row, to get bounced from the playoffs.”

    So you’re saying Flaccos’s defensive playmaking is holding them back? Gotcha.

  6. Jimmy Garoppolo took a team that had only won a single game all season and he beat 3 teams that were playoff bound in a row: Tennessee, Jacksonville, and LA Rams. It shows that the self-proclaimed best quarterback in the NFL is probably over the hill.

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    Tennessee – least playoff worthy team in the final bunch
    Jacksonville – credible, but I think Jax overlooked the Niners
    Rams – second team as they could not hurt or advance their playoffs hope.

    I get the analogy but it’s a bad comparison to say “JG did this and Flacco didn’t.” Two entirely different schedules and two entirely different situations. I think Flacco was overpaid in the first place mind you, Just like Foles might be for the same SB MVP winning reason, but it’s not because of JG. The Niners were losing close games all season to quality teams, whereas the Ravens were pretty much junk all season.

  7. Possibly, but please do not let it be Baker Mayfield — he needs to bail out Cleveland from its misery, and LeKing (LeBron James) would be an excellent mentor for Baker Mayfield, to help Mayfield grow with regards to off-the-field endeavors such as enforcing a commitment to be the very best that he can be while infusing a strong charitable principle into Mayfield’s character (i.e., helping impoverished/needy children; working with local communities etc.).

    Cleveland: Just Do It!

  8. we are stuck with Joe for 2 more years, but draft a qb just to light a fire under him

  9. Joe Flacco is still a serviceable veteran QB, but that’s about it. The Ravens aren’t going to contend for any titles with Flacco at the helm. However, the rest of their roster isn’t really good enough overall either. It will be interesting to see which direction they go in?

  10. Let’s just cut to the chase here:
    Could ______ draft a quarterback in the first round? (X 32)

  11. Not just the Ravens but every team that pays their QB should immediately do this if they don’t make the playoffs. The evidence is overwhelming that guys don’t win anything after their team’s cap is lopsided to accommodate them. Thus, once I went 7-9 or something because we had to get rid of a lot of depth, I’d draft a guy high, start grooming him and dump the vet QB onto the market. Otherwise, the running in place that teams like the Ravens, Saints,Lions, Seahawks, and various other teams have done since these mega QB contracts isn’t going anywhere. It would just be a matter of in my opinion if you have to shed too many salaries to keep the QB the better idea being to get out ahead of the problem by drafting their replacement and grooming them before getting rid of the QB who will make money on the open market for a worse team. Fans won’t like it, but it would be better than what’s going on with many of these teams imo.

  12. Flacco has been mediocre to bad his ENTIRE career. He had one lucky run for the SB made up of underthrown deep balls on blown coverage. Terrible signing for the Ravens when it happened. If they were smart they were sever ties as soon as it makes sense, which seems to be next year.

  13. “Flacco is 33 years old, has been dealing with injuries the last three seasons, and has been a thoroughly mediocre quarterback in the past few years”

    Ever since he signed that big post-SB contract, to be precise.

  14. “dirtdawg53 says:
    …the one player that prevents them from contending is Flacco…..After they cough up yet another 90 yard drive, for the third year in a row, to get bounced from the playoffs.”

    “So you’re saying Flaccos’s defensive playmaking is holding them back? Gotcha.”

    no, but it was Flacco’s fault the defense was even in that position. He had Mike Wallace wide open deep 3 times earlier in that game, comically underthrew him twice and did even try on the third. In the pick six he threw the ball behind Moore on the crossing route, had he led him, Moore would have walked in for the TD.

  15. guitarkevin says:
    March 8, 2018 at 10:37 am

    So glad this is Ozzie’s last draft. He needed go years ago
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    Let’s see – drafted current and future HOF players – Ogden, Lewis, Reed, Suggs, Yanda & Ngata. Architect of two Super Bowl Rosters this century helmed by middle of the QBs – and more playoff appearances and victories than any other NFL franchise this century with the exception of the Patriots and Steelers. Yeah – he really should have been run out of town years ago.

  16. Pretty much a modern day Troy Aikman. Aikman played for a better team of course.

    20 69

    Not sure why all the hate for that comment. Mediocre QB’s who put up more wins than stats. Pretty solid i think.

  17. Flacco had a good run prior to his SB victory, with 5 straight playoff appearances, but since then has seemed to lose any enthusiasm he had for the game. Sideline shots consistently show him staring off into space rather than studying the Surface tablets, talking to coaches, or trying to motivate his teammates. The departures of Lewis and Reed left the team without a strong locker room leader, and Flacco has not been able to fulfill that role. The team needs someone with some fire in the belly.

  18. Drafting a QB this year makes absolute sense. Follow the KC formula. And Smith was playing way above Flacco. Draft next years starting and trade Flacco for whatever you can get.

  19. restonraven says:

    March 8, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    guitarkevin says:
    March 8, 2018 at 10:37 am

    So glad this is Ozzie’s last draft. He needed go years ago
    _____

    Let’s see – drafted current and future HOF players – Ogden, Lewis, Reed, Suggs, Yanda & Ngata. Architect of two Super Bowl Rosters this century helmed by middle of the QBs – and more playoff appearances and victories than any other NFL franchise this century with the exception of the Patriots and Steelers. Yeah – he really should have been run out of town years ago.

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    Has had 10 years to build an offense around their franchise QB and failed to do that. So YES!

  20. I feel like I should be clear about my opinion of Ozzie. I used to be an “In Ozzie we trust” fan. But as the years went on, and the game became more offensively driven, I lost my faith. I feel like he became stubborn and wanted to stick to his old formula, that although was very successful early on, wasn’t working any more. I also feel like he NEVER put together a good offense in ALL his years as GM. And one only needs to look at the draft history to see his lack luster picks on that side of the ball.
    Granted, he has picked guys that are HOFers and will be HOFers, but only one is from the Offense – J.O. That pick was 22 years ago.
    So dislike my posts about Ozzie. I feel like he should have stepped aside years ago, and this is why.

  21. Wouldn’t see why they’d go for a QB with gum slinger Joe Flacco and Bean Stalk Mallett on the roster.- doesn’t make much sense. Lol. Just wait and let New Head Coach pick in 2019.

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