Saturday, May 10, 2014
Options for Ravens at backup quarterback
By Jamison Hensley
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).