Would it make sense for the Ravens to take a quarterback at some point in the draft?
Don’t dismiss that as a possibility, even though the Ravens recently restructured and extended the contract of their franchise quarterback, Joe Flacco. Developing a young quarterback is never a bad idea if you see one that you like. All signs indicate Flacco is recovering well from knee surgery, and the Ravens signed Ryan Mallett to backup Flacco late last season. Mallett is under contract for next season, and if he does what the Ravens expect during the offseason and training camp, Mallett should be Flacco’s backup again in 2016.
However, we saw how volatile the Ravens’ quarterback situation became once Flacco was injured. First Matt Schaub was the starter, and he has signed with the Falcons. Then it was Jimmy Clausen, who has not been re-signed. Then it was Mallett.
According to several reports, the Ravens have visited with Michigan St. quarterback Connor Cook. Plenty of teams are trying to get a better handle on Cook, who was never a team captain with the Spartans, raising questions about how well-liked Cook was by his teammates.
I don’t see the Ravens taking a quarterback earlier than the fourth round, which could take Cook out of the mix. However, the Ravens have four fourth-round picks, and two sixth-round picks. If they want to spend one of those on a quarterback to develop like Dak Prescott of Mississippi St., it may pay off down the road.
Having the right backup quarterback, who can win a few games when the starter goes down, can make or break a season. Having Flacco and Mallett does not guarantee that the Ravens will not draft a quarterback.