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NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Who wants a QB in round one?

NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Who wants a QB in round one?

Breaking news: You need a solid-to strong starting quarterback to have any shot at winning in the NFL. That's often why teams reach when it comes to selecting passers in the annual draft. Depending on your source, having any quarterback picked in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft would reflect that desperation angle.

Maybe so, but that's happening and likely multiple times. The question is how many. That comes down to supply and demand. Or is it demand and supply?

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North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson are currently the top candidates to be the first quarterback drafted, if not the first player, though defensive linemen Myles Garrett and Jonathan Allen are the best bets for that honor. Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer might not be far behind. Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes seems more like  a Day 2 pick, but no position rises more come draft day than quarterbacks.

There's plenty of time between now and April 27, the start of the 2017 Draft, for teams to talk themselves into thinking QB or bust in the first. Let's take a look at those likely teams or at least those who should consider.

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Cleveland (1, 12) -- If it feels like the Browns have been searching for a quarterback since the Bernie Kosar era ended, that's because the basically have. Robert Griffin III was never going to be the answer. Maybe 2016 third round pick Cody Kessler showed enough to have the Browns use both of the round one picks on other needs, but taking one of the top three options at 12 might be very, very tempting.

San Francisco (2) -- Kyle Shanahan is the new head coach. Kyle Shanahan is an offensive guy. Kyle Shanahan wants a quarterback. The 49ers don't have a viable option. Have to think they take one in the first even if they trade down. Caveat? The Redskins and Kirk Cousins don't agree on a long-term deal. Shanahan might be willing to wait a year for a reunion via free agency.

• Chicago (3) -- Jay Cutler is a free agent. He's also Jay Cutler. He also might be the best free agent QB depending on Tony Romo's situation, which means the Bears might stay with the devil they know. That's especially true if they can take one of those two defensive lineman studs.

• NY Jets (6) -- It's not often a team spends a 2nd round pick on a QB one season and everyone wonders when they'll seriously address their signal caller needs by the next offseason. Props, Christian Hackenberg.

LA Chargers (7) -- It doesn't seem like Philip Rivers is forcing a trade . If that holds, the new LA team can wait until Day 2 or 3 before seeking a long-term replacement plan.

• Buffalo (10) -- If Tyrod Taylor is on the roster on March 11, the Bills' starter pockets $30 million in guaranteed money. Nice for Tyrod. If not, Buffalo is back to square one at quarterback, but then one of these other QB-needy teams has a new option.

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• Arizona (13) -- New Orleans didn't make this list because even though Drew Brees is NFL-old, he's still good. Carson Palmer, not so much. But, do the Cardinals think he's good enough in a Peyton Manning's last season with Denver that they can still compete for  the playoffs if they shore up issues elsewhere?

• Washington (17) -- Even if Kirk Cousins moves on, no. Assuming general manager Scot McCloughan is the one making the call, of course. Otherwise...

• NY Giants (23) -- At some point Big Blue must prep for the day Eli Manning joins his brother in some 24/7 commercial-making machine. That doesn't mean in the first round this year. The Giants can win the NFC with good health, breaks and a better run game.

• Houston (25) -- Brock Osweiler was bru-tal last season, but between his contract and hopes that Tom Savage can step in as needed, the Texans won't reach. They might decide Trubisky, Watson or Kizer is worthy of love if they fall, however.

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Offensive, defensive and rookie of the year awards for Ravens' 2017 season

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Offensive, defensive and rookie of the year awards for Ravens' 2017 season

The Ravens' season had it's ups and down, but out of it came some bright spots.

The defense continued to prove dominate and the offense found its groove during the second half of the season, but who stood out the most?

Offensive MVP: RB Alex Collins

Collins was a late preseason pickup after being cut by the Seattle Seahawks and Ravens fans are grateful they let him go. After new acquisition Danny Woodhead injured his hamstring on the first drive in Week 1 and Terrance West injured his calf Week 5 in Oakland, Allen emerged as a saving grace. He finished the season with 973 yards, six touchdowns and 212 attempts averaging 4.6 yards-per-carry. His longest rushing attempt was 50-yards against the Steelers in Week 4, and then in Week 14, rushed 120-yards on their defense. 

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Defensive MVP: OLB Terrell Suggs

This one was a toss up between Suggs and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, but considering the level at which Sizzle is playing at in his 15th season, his 2017 performance is MVP worthy.

The 35-year old finished the season with 49 combined tackles, 12 assist, 11 sacks and four forced fumbles. Suggs ranks 11th in the league in sacks and was voted to his seventh Pro Bowl, something that should be expected from the leader of a defense that finished the regular season ranked sixth in points allowed. During the Ravens' Week 12 matchup, Suggs proved he doesn't age when he strip sacked Texans QB Tom Savage with 4:44 remaining in the fourth, shifting the momentum back to the Ravens who were clinging on to a 23-16 win. He's suffered two Achilles tears and a torn bicep over the last 5.5 seasons but has remained Hall of Fame worthy. As of right now, T-Sizzle has no plans of retiring. 

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Rookie of the Year: CB Marlon Humphrey

The Ravens' 2017 first-round pick stepped up to the plate when starting CB Jimmy Smith's season was over after suffering a torn Achilles in Week 13. The rookie out of Alabama finished the season with 34 combined tackles, four assists and two interceptions. Pro Football Focus graded Humphrey the fifth-best cover corner in the league. QBs only had a 53.5 rating when they threw in his direction. PFF also gave Humphrey a 82.7 rookie rating. 

Humphrey will continue to prove his worth during the 2018 season if Jimmy Smith is still recovering come Week 1.

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Special Teams MVP: P Sam Koch

Koch is in his 12th season with the Ravens and he's continuing to prove how efficient that leg of his is. He had a season long of 67-yards and placed 40 of 84 punts inside the 20-yard line. Koch's accuracy earned him AFC special teams player of the week not once, but twice this season. The first came in Week 12 against the Houston Texans when he not only placed five punts inside the 20-yard line, but also faked a punt and threw a 22-yard pass to Chris Moore for a first down. The second honor came in Week 15 against the Cleveland Browns after placing four punts inside the 20-yard line, three of them inside the five. While neither Koch or kicker Justin Tucker were named to the Pro Bowl, Ravens fans never break a sweat when the game is in their hands, or should we say, legs.

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Important 2018 offseason dates for Baltimore Ravens

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Important 2018 offseason dates for Baltimore Ravens

Mark your calendars now because the Ravens are already gearing up for their 2018 season.

From the Pro-Bowl all the way to the start of the regular season, here are the key dates.

January 28th: Pro Bowl, Orlando, Fla. 

Safety Eric Weddle, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley will all be in attendance. In addition, Suggs and Weddle were named starters. The game will take place at Camping World Stadium. Kickoff is at 3:00 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN.

February 3rd: Pro Football Hall of Fame 2018 Class announced

This will be a very important day for Ray Lewis and the Ravens organization as Lewis waits to here if he will be sealed into football history, one day prior to Super Bowl LII. 

February 5th: Waiver system takes effect

The waiver system allows players' contracts or a club's NFL rights to a player available to other clubs in the league. Upon doing this, the other 31 teams can place a claim to obtain him or waive their chance. During this 24- hour period, once a club waives a player it can not take the player back or change his status. Assignments are based upon draft order until the third week of the regular season. If a player does not get claimed, he becomes a free agent. 

February 20th:  First day to franchise or transition tag a player

February 27th- March 5th: NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, IN

This seven day period will be crucial for General Manager Ozzie Newsome to get a good look at potential Ravens.

March 6th: Deadline to franchise or transition tag a player

March 12-14th: Teams are allowed to contact and negotiate with agents of players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents

March 14th: Start of new league year at 4:00 p.m. ET

At this time, all 2017 player contracts expire meaning teams can begin seeking and signing free agents. Ravens free agents include Mike Wallace, Benjamin Watson, Ryan Jensen, Terrance West, James Hurst, Michael Campanaro, Steven Johnson, Ryan Mallet, Brandon Boykin, Crockett Gillmore, Brent Urban and Luke Bowanko.

March 25-28th: Owners Meeting, Orlando, FL

April 16th: Voluntary OTA's can begin

April 20th: Deadline for restricted FA's to sign offer sheets

April 26th-28th: 2018 NFL Draft, Arlington, TX

The Ravens will be heading down to Arlington, Texas in hopes of picking up their next franchise player. Positions needed include wide receiver, tight end, quarterback and outside linebacker.

May 4-7th or 11-14th: Potential three-day rookie minicamp

May 31-June 2nd: Ravens Beach Bash, Ocean City, MD

July 16th: Deadline to get long-term deal done with designated franchise tag player 

Mid-Late July: Training camp begins

August 2nd: Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OH

August 4th: Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Canton, OH

Again, keep this date marked as it could be the day Ray Lewis is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

September 6th: Start of regular season