The 2014 NFL draft is just over 48 hours away and the tension and excitement is building.
No-one quite knows what is going to happen in Radio City Music Hall, New York but one thing is for sure, the Baltimore Ravens will be taking a new quarterback.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome is more than serious about looking at the incoming quarterback class and drafting someone in the later rounds in order to groom them for the future.
In the interview, Newsome was careful to make a point that said incoming quarterback will not be taking over the starting role from Joe Flacco, but will be his backup for the next few years.
“[We] need to be looking at bringing in another quarterback so we can have someone that is capable of going into the game as we move forward in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, in case we can’t keep Tyrod [Taylor], that we have someone who can go and win games for us if Joe [Flacco] gets hurt,” Newsome told the Sun.
Because Tyrod Taylor has been around the NFL since 2011, proving to be an adequate backup to Flacco, he would be due more money as an experienced backup.
It is incredibly unlikely that the Ravens will pay him what he wants so drafting a quarterback now will prove to be a much cheaper option than offering Taylor a new contract when his time is up at the end of the 2014 season.
If they do intend on using a late pick on a new play caller then Logan Thomas, David Fales, Keith Wenning, Connor Shaw, Brett Smith, Garrett Gilbert and Tajh Boyd could all be in contention.