Taking a quarterback at some point in the draft is a possibility for the Ravens. Among those they have studied is Kevin Hogan of Stanford, who wrote a draft diary for CBS.com that described his pre-draft visit to the Ravens’ facility.
There are several reasons why taking a quarterback after Round 3 could make sense for the Ravens. Having a young, developing quarterback on the roster is never a bad idea. Joe Flacco is only 31 years old, but his knee injury shows he’s not indestructible. With Flacco and Ryan Mallett on the roster, the Ravens have the luxury of drafting a young quarterback without the pressure of having to play him right away.
Mallett is also in the final year of his contract. After next season, Mallett may decide he wants to sign with another team where he could possibly win the starting job.
Can I see the Ravens picking a quarterback in one of the first three rounds? No. But could they use one of their four fourth-round picks on a quarterback like Hogan, or Brandon Allen of Arkansas, or Dak Prescott of Mississippi St.? Yes, if they think any of those quarterbacks could develop into Flacco’s backup.