By Matt Vensel
2:45 PM EST, February 17, 2011
In the weeks leading up to April's NFL draft, I will highlight four players whom the Ravens could target at different stages in the draft -- from their top pick to their Mr. Irrelevant. In this post, I will focus on quarterbacks.
Please note that I am not saying the Ravens will take a quarterback with their first round pick, for example. I'm just giving you a player whom they might consider if they decided to go that route.
Got it? Good. Let's do this.
Round 1: Ryan Mallett, Arkansas. The Ravens are more likely to invite the Steelers over for a friendly cornhole tournament than they are to draft a quarterback in the first round of this year's draft (either would be quite the story, though). But hypothetically, if they wanted to start over again under center, the might consider Mallett. Like Flacco, Mallett is really tall, has a rocket arm and switched schools in his college career. I'm not sure if he's a stud at cornhole like Flacco, though.
Rounds 2-3: Ricky Stanzi, Iowa. He has an average arm and his accuracy and decision-making are questionable, but Stanzi has all the intangibles you want in a backup quarterback. He is tough, vocal and team-oriented, and being a Penn State graduate, I know all too well that Stanzi was a winner at Iowa.
Rounds 4-5: Christian Ponder, Florida State. Ponder was one of the country's most prolific passers in his career, throwing for 49 touchdowns and nearly 7,000 yards in 27 games at Florida State. But he often forced his throws, which isn't going to work in the NFL because his arm strength and accuracy are suspect. Ponder is a project, but it's one the Ravens might be willing to take on with Flacco entrenched as the starter.
Rounds 6-7: Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech. Unsurprisingly, some folks have suggested that Taylor's future is as a wide receiver, but he's an intriguing quarterback prospect, especially considering how spread offenses are spreading into the NFL. Taylor has pretty good zip on his throws and his mobility is excellent. Might the Ravens bring him on board and utilize him in the same ways they did with Troy Smith a couple of years ago?
OK, your turn: Which player, if any, should the Ravens target at this position during draft weekend?
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