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 who could be lured away by a starting job elsewhere -- although that's not a given. There's still a chance that the Ravens could entice him to stay if they dangle another $3.8-million contract in front of him. The only developmental quarterback on the roster is Hunter Cantwell, an undrafted rookie in 2009 who was on the practice squad last season.
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 bring back Bulger. With a playoff-tested roster, the Ravens can't afford to hand the offense over to a rookie if Flacco got hurt. Still, this could be the time for the Ravens to look at a quarterback to groom behind Flacco, who will enter his fourth NFL season.
Possibly on Ravens radar: Ricky Stanzi (Iowa), T.J. Yates (North Carolina), Nathan Enderle (Idaho), Greg McElroy (Alabama), Scott Tolzein (Wisconsin).
Outlook: It would be surprising to see the Ravens take a quarterback earlier than the fourth round. The fifth round, where the Ravens have two compensatory picks, might be the time to take the best quarterback available. The Ravens' top choice among the third-tier quarterbacks appears to be Stanzi, who is smart, durable and a proven winner (26-9 as a starter and 3-0 in bowl games).
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