Draft chatter: Would Ravens nab QB in third round?

Draft chatter: Would Ravens nab QB in third round?
April 24, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Would the Ravens spend one of their third-round picks (No. 79 or No. 99) on a quarterback? That could happen, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper, if that quarterback is Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech. 

“I think the skill set that he brings to the quarterback position is unbelievable,” Kiper said during a Wednesday conference call. “His size, his arm, he’s got a great work ethic. He’s a guy that didn’t have a great supporting cast, played for different coordinators, different systems. You can excuse away some of the bad decisions, bad throws, inconsistency.

“Figure in the third round, for a guy that looked like a top five pick early in his career, that’s not a bad roll of the dice at that point. For any team looking, maybe like Baltimore, that could (be) in the market for a quarterback. Cincinnati could be in the market for a quarterback at some point, Logan Thomas as a third-rounder is pretty attractive.”

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The Ravens are in the market for a backup behind Joe Flacco. Current backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who is also from Virginia Tech, is in the final year of his contract.

Alabama quarterback A. J. McCarron was scheduled to visit the Ravens on Wednesday, according to ESPN. Thomas, Jimmy Garopollo of Eastern Illinois, and Keith Wenning of Ball St. are among other quarterbacks who have visited the Ravens.

The Ravens have higher priorities like a starting right tackle and a starting free safety. But if the Ravens like Thomas as much as some teams, there could be two former Virginia Tech quarterbacks competing to back up Flacco.