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With the NFL Combine starting Thursday, The Sun takes a look at all the positions and assesses the Ravens' needs.

Where the Ravens stand: Joe Flacco will start his fourth straight season for the Ravens after throwing a career-high 3,622 yards and 25 touchdowns last season. Marc Bulger, the only other quarterback on the active roster, is an unrestricted free agent and could land a starting job elsewhere in the league. Hunter Cantwell, who went undrafted out of Louisville in 2009, was on the practice squad last season.

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Chances that the Ravens draft a quarterback in first three rounds: Very low. If the Ravens' preference remains the same, they will look at a veteran to back up Flacco even if they fail to lure back Bulger. The Ravens veered away from young backups last season when they signed Bulger and cut ties with Troy Smith and John Beck. With a playoff-tested roster, the Ravens can't afford to hand the offense over to a rookie if Flacco got hurt. If the Ravens draft a quarterback, it probably would be a late-round pick on a developmental, No. 3 quarterback.

Possibly on Ravens radar: Christian Ponder (Florida State), Ricky Stanzi (Iowa), T.J. Yates (North Carolina), Nathan Enderle (Idaho) and Greg McElroy (Alabama).

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Outlook: Ponder and Stanzi have been projected to go as early as the second and third rounds, which means they represent excellent value if they surprisingly slide down to the middle rounds. Ponder is fundamentally sound despite questionable decision-making late in games. Stanzi has great instincts but isn't sharp on downfield throws. While the third-tier quarterbacks all have flaws, Yates has tremendous moxie, Enderle has a strong arm and McElroy has a proven track record for winning.

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