Deep QB draft class changes con­ver­sa­tion

Front of­fice ex­am­ines op­tions for post-Flacco era

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Childs Walker

It’s been a full decade since the Ravens faced the great­est ques­tion that can con­front an NFL team go­ing into the draft. What to do at quar­ter­back? We know Joe Flacco will be the starter next sea­son, but for the first time since he was drafted in 2008, it’s not clear what lies beyond at the most im­por­tant po­si­tion in pro foot­ball.

Many an­a­lysts be­lieve the Ravens will take ad­van­tage of an un­usu­ally deep quar­ter­back crop to se­lect a sig­nal caller in the second or third round of this year’s draft. That player could back up Flacco in 2018 and be­come a can­di­date to start if/when the Ravens move on from their high-priced fran­chise player.

Some draft ex­perts have even pro­jected the Ravens to take a quar­ter­back in the first round, spec­u­la­tion they helped fuel by sched­ul­ing a pre-draft visit with Louisville quar­ter­back La­mar Jack­son.

All the quar­ter­back talk is mit­i­gated by owner Steve Bis­ciotti’s state­ment in Fe­bru­ary that the Ravens have “big­ger fish to fry” than find­ing Flacco’s even­tual re­place­ment.

“Top two or three [rounds], maybe?” said NFL Net­work an­a­lyst and former Ravens coach Brian Bil­lick. “First round, wait a minute, there. First, let’s re­mem­ber, Joe’s not done, and no mat­ter how you couch it, to bring in that heir ap­par­ent be­fore a guy thinks he’s done is not good. It does not go well typ­i­cally. Also, there’s a lot

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