Baltimore Ravens: Aaron Murray

The Baltimore Ravens head into the final day of the 2014 draft looking for a possible future backup quarterback. There are still plenty of options remaining for the Ravens because only five quarterbacks were taken in the first two rounds and none were selected in the third round.

Here are six names to remember for the Ravens:
  • Zach Mettenberger, LSU (fourth round): Great size and arm strength but comes with character concerns.
  • AJ McCarron, Alabama (fourth round): A game manager who is extremely smart and brings tremendous leadership.
  • Aaron Murray, Georgia (fourth round): Experienced starter with a quick release but lacks size and arm strength.
  • Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech (fifth or sixth round): Arguably best arm of the draft but struggled in clutch situations and big games.
  • Keith Wenning, Ball State (sixth or seventh round): Experienced and clutch starter but has an average arm.
  • Jeff Matthews, Cornell (sixth or round): Strong-armed and accurate passer who lacks ideal athleticism.

Quarterback is a need for the Ravens because Tyrod Taylor has been less than impressive and is entering the final year of his contract. If the Ravens draft a quarterback, the rookie could serve as No. 3 on the depth chart this year and replace Taylor as the primary backup to Joe Flacco in 2015.

There is a possibility that the Ravens could have a shot at signing either Case Keenum or T.J. Yates, both of whom played under new Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in Houston. The Texans could end up releasing one of them if they draft a quarterback or trade for the Patriots' Ryan Mallett, who could be available after New England drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round.

Another option is signing a veteran free agent after the draft like David Carr. The No. 1 overall pick of the 2002 draft, Carr played one season under Kubiak in Houston but he was out of football last year.

The Ravens' remaining picks are: fourth round (Nos. 134 and 138), fifth round (No. 175) and sixth round (No. 194).
With the Baltimore Ravens looking to add a backup quarterback at some point in the draft, here are some numbers from ESPN Stats & Information on some selected prospects at that position:


*Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois: His 53 touchdowns last season are the fourth most in FCS history (three behind the record) and his 5,050 yards is second all-time, 26 behind the record set by Old Dominion’s Taylor Heinicke in 2012.

*AJ McCarron, Alabama: Completed 54.7 percent of his passes thrown 25 yards or longer since the start of the 2012 season, best among qualifying quarterbacks. He threw 17 touchdowns and no interceptions on 53 passes of this distance during that time.

Tom Savage, Pittsburgh: Threw under duress on 28 percent of his dropbacks, the highest percentage of any quarterback prospect. As a result, Savage was sacked an FBS-high 43 times last season.


Zach Mettenberger, LSU: His 38-point increase in Total QBR from 2012 (47.1) to last season (85.1) was the largest for any qualified quarterback the past two seasons.

Aaron Murray, Georgia: Averaged 9.5 yards per attempt since the start of the 2012 season, which ranked third in the FBS behind only Florida State's Jameis Winston and Baylor's Bryce Petty (minimum 300 attempts).


*Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech: His receivers dropped 36 passes last season, most for any qualifying quarterback. If his receivers caught half of those passes, Thomas' completion rate would've gone from 56 percent to 61 percent.

Tajh Boyd, Clemson: Completed 54.7 percent of his passes thrown 20 yards or longer downfield last season, the highest completion percentage of any qualifying quarterback. Since the start of last season, Boyd has thrown 31 touchdowns on passes of this distance.

* -- Pre-draft visit with Ravens