The Ravens drafted Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning in the sixth round with the 194th overall selection, their final pick in the draft.
Wenning is expected to compete with Tyrod Taylor for the backup quarterback job.
"I’m a good competitor with a good skill set at the quarterback position," Wenning said during the conference call. "I’m not going to come in and try to beat out Joe Flacco. He’s the starter, he’s the man, I feel like he’s a great, great quarterback that I can learn from and I feel like I can come in and push, try to make other guys around me better."
Wenning had an official visit with the Ravens as well as the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.
Wenning left the Ravens' training complex with a good feeling that he might be back.
"Talking with them and taking my visit there, it was a great visit," Wenning said. "Meeting with the coaches, the front office personnel, it was great. I knew there was a possible chance. I’m just thankful that they took a pick on me."
Wenning is a two-time team captain who orchestrated 10 fourth-quarter comebacks in his career.
Wenning set school records with 11,402 career yards, 92 touchdown passes, 1,035 completions and 1,642 attempts. He also rushed for 13 touchdowns.
"The more you get to know me, I feel like I’m really composed as a player," Wenning said. "My composure, that’s just the way I play the quarterback position. I’m always calm and cool under pressure. I just feel like if you do what you practice and everything that you’ve been through, you’ll be able to rise in those type of situations."
Wenning was a four-year starter who passed for 4,148 yards as a senior with 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He went 27-20 as a starter.
Wenning drew high marks for his intelligence and poise.
He caught the eye of the Ravens' scouts in the East-West Shrine all-star game.
Wenning said he's looking forward to learning from Flacco, the Super Bowl XLVII Most Valuable Player.
"I think it’s a great opportunity," Wenning said. "Not everybody gets that opportunity to play behind a super bowl winning quarterback and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’m going to take full advantage of."
At the NFL scouting combine, the 6-foot-3, 218-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 5.0 seconds with a 28-inch vertical leap and an 8-4 broad jump.
During his visit, Wenning talked with Ravens coach John Harbaugh, a former Miami (Ohio) defensive back, about their shared background in the Mid-American Conference. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger also played in the MAC at Miami (Ohio).
"Absolutely, there has been a good amount of quarterbacks from the MAC that have went on and have had great careers and long careers in the NFL," Wenning said. "So, you see that and you try to do the same thing and follow in their footsteps and continue that trend."
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