If the draft stock of North Dakota St. quarterback Carson Wentz continues to rise, it could create more leverage for the Ravens with the No. 6 pick.
The top three quarterback prospects in the draft are Jared Goff of Cal, Paxton Lynch of Memphis, and Wentz. The Browns need a starting quarterback and are expected to take one with the second pick. The Cowboys are picking No. 4, and could take a quarterback to become the eventual successor to Tony Romo.
If two quarterbacks are gone by the time the Ravens pick at No. 6, teams needing a quarterback could make the Ravens an attractive trade offer. Wentz had a strong week of practice leading up to Saturday’s Senior Bowl, and has clearly elevated himself into the conversation of quarterback-needy teams like the Browns.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is highly-impressed with Wentz’s skill set at 6-foot-5, 233 pounds.
“Highly athletic, this kid’s got a hose – he can throw it anywhere,” Mayock said of Wentz on NFL Network. “Makes every throw…Remember, he’s a non-division 1A quarterback. The last time we had a non 1A-quarterback in the first round was Joe Flacco in 2008. That worked out pretty well for the Baltimore Ravens.”
Quarterback-needy teams have been known to reach in the draft, and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has traded down before. Teams holding a high pick like the Ravens won’t be upset if Wentz’s stock keeps ascending.