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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?


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.


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.


• 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.

MORE DRAFT: Will Ravens target highly prized Michigan players?

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers WR Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?