In the NFL, when you draft a quarterback in Round 1 and it doesn't work out, it's sort of like moving on from a bad break-up. You're going to feel a little bit skittish the first time you try to get back out there. You don't want to just grab the next quarterback who comes along, because the misery is too fresh, and your judgment is cloudy. At this point, anything looks better than this.
Which brings us to Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan. More and more mock drafts seem to suggest, lately, that Ryan might be there when the Ravens draft at No. 8. And so the Ravens will have a choice to make: Roll the dice on the guy who might never be more than a solid pro, or fill some other need and continue to pray that Steve McNair can be duct-taped together for another season or two.
The Ravens front office isn't filled with risk takers, and it's served them well. In the financial world, the Ravens would be the equivalent to the person who takes out a 30-year loan at 6 percent fixed interest, and is never late with a payment. Then there are teams like the Lions, the Raiders, the Cardinals, just to name a few, teams who take bigger risks, drafting spastic wide receivers and quarterbacks who are the equivalent of adjustable rate mortgages. Who looks smarter in the long run?
It's just a hunch -- I have no inside knowledge to base it on -- but I don't think the Ravens will draft Ryan, because he feels too "flavor of the month," and the wounds of Boller are simply too fresh. He was a good college quarterback who was only great for one season, and that feels too familiar. Besides, the team has plenty of other needs to address. Aqib Talib would look pretty darn good in a Ravens uniform, to be honest.
That doesn't mean, however, that it's the right call. What would you do? This town needs a quarterback at some point. A good one. It's been too many years since the man with the flat top and black high tops. I want to see someone with some swagger own Charm City. I want to see them date movie stars, drink beer and hit open receivers in stride.
Maybe that's Ryan. Maybe not. While you mull it, check out this profile from Sports Illustrated about Ryan from October 2007, which ran before he was on our radar. The Ryan family was involved in a serious car accident when Matt and his brother Michael were kids, and it robbed Michael of his football career, but Matt escaped with just a broken ankle. Matt always wondered why he was the lucky one. Interesting stuff.
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