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Ravens Open To Drafting A Quarterback


The Ravens appear to be set at the quarterback position.

Joe Flacco just became the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history, backup Tyrod Taylor is heading into his third season and the team recently added veteran Caleb Hanie to compete for a spot on the roster.

With three quarterbacks currently on the team, would the Ravens consider adding another through this year's draft?

General Manager Ozzie Newsome left the door open to bringing in another signal caller.

"What we've done in free agency has allowed us to free up our draft board, and free it up in the sense that if we wanted to go with a third quarterback, and one of those guys slides to us at one of the rounds, then we can take a guy to be our third [quarterback on the active roster] because Tyrod is going into his third year," Newsome said.

The Ravens have drafted just two quarterbacks – Flacco and Taylor – in the last five years. Flacco was a first-round pick in 2008 and Taylor was selected in the sixth round of the 2011 draft.

Adding another player would give the Ravens another viable backup to compete with Taylor and Hanie, and also provide another option if they want to keep a third quarterback on the 53-man roster. Baltimore has stuck with just two quarterbacks on the active roster for the last two seasons.

Flacco's durability has lessened the need to carry an additional quarterback, as Taylor has played significant minutes in just one game the last two seasons. The fact that Taylor is heading into his third year and is a free agent in 2015 could give the Ravens more of an incentive to add another young player to groom under Flacco, especially if a high-rated player falls down the board in a later round.

Some of the mid-to-late round quarterback prospects are N.C. State's Mike Glennon, Oklahoma's Landry Jones, Arkansas' Tyler Wilson, Tennessee's Tyer Bray, Arizona's Matt Scott and Miami's Zac Dysert.

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