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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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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class locked up.

The team agreed to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hurst's rookie contract - like all first-round picks - is a four-year deal with a team option of a fifth year. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 25th overall pick is due $11.1 million. 

The 24-year old, who was a walk on at South Carolina at 21-years old after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Hurst will be a nice addition to the TE corps with Nick Boyle and third-round draft pick Mark Andrews. 

Fellow first-round pick Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract on June 5th.

Training camp kicks off for the Ravens July 19th. 

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco is their starter. That doesn't mean they're not experimenting with having them both on the field at the same time, however. 

During this week's minicamp, the team has been lining Jackson up at multiple positions. 

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson during Tuesday's minicamp, via ESPN.com.

"If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

While at Louisville, Jackson rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. That's more rushing yards than No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. That unique skill set could be the creative options the Ravens are looking for. 

While at the NFL Combine, however, Jackson refused to workout at any other position than QB. 

"I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they're going to come up with next," Jackson said. "We'll see where it goes. You have to use your good players."

The Ravens are already viewing Jackson as one of those 'good players.' 

"Once he gets out of the pocket, it's like watching a young Michael Vick," LB C.J. Mosley said after minicamp practice. "It's amazing to watch. When you're defending him, you just have to act like you're tagging off -- you don't want to be on the highlight reel."

Harbaugh has alluded to the fact that the rookie will be active on game days, just exactly how they get the most out of him is what's in play.

"There's a lot of considerations that go into that," Harbaugh said of using two QBs at the once. "Everybody has an opinion. I've read a few. You want to find a way to get the most out of all your guys."

While Flacco isn't the fasted QB in the league, he has shown glimpses of running ability in the past. Figuring out how to utilize Flacco when Jackson is under center is where things will get interesting.

Interesting - as long as it works - is what Ravens fans have been searching for over the last several seasons. 

"Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball," Harbaugh said. "It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they've worked hard on that."

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