The Ravens have made it no secret that they want to add a quarterback to the roster this offseason.
Not only do they want to offer Tyrod Taylor competition, the organization seems eager to have an insurance policy in place in case the former Virginia Tech standout leaves via free agency after this season.
"If the opportunity presents itself that Tyrod gets a chance to play because of an injury, then it would be hard to retain him, because this is a quarterback-driven league, and other teams would be attracted to him," general manager Ozzie Newsome said at the Ravens' pre-draft press conference last week. "For those reasons, we also 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 — that we have someone who can go and win games for us if Joe [Flacco] gets hurt."
It would seem unlikely for the Ravens to draft a quarterback in the first three rounds, unless the opportunity presents itself somehow to take someone that's fallen into a great value spot. But assuming they won't, here are some options in the mid-to-late rounds the Ravens could go with.
Top backup options
Alabama QB A.J. McCarron: McCarron believes he'll go in the first two rounds. Ha. If he does, so be it. But he's a fourth-round prospect most likely, and that's nothing to be ashamed of. To be honest, it could be a steal, even though he doesn't possess the pizazz some of the other quarterbacks have. But he won a lot of games at Alabama and was a great decision-maker. He never threw double-digit interceptions in a season.
Georgia QB Aaron Murray: The ACL tear late in the year could cause him to fall, especially if there isn't an early run on quarterbacks. His height isn't prototypical for the NFL either, but so what? He's one of the most decorated quarterbacks in SEC history, setting records in completions (921), passing yards (13,166), touchdown passes (121) and total offense (13,562). He has deceptive speed too, with Russell Wilson being a solid comparison.
Boom or bust backup option
Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas: Thomas has the potential to be successful in the NFL. He has ideal size (6-6, 248) and has a strong arm. The problem is he was erratic and inconsistent with the Hokies. He also appeared to regress in his development after a solid sophomore season in 2011. Thomas could always give quarterback a try, and if he fails, he has the body to possibly switch to being a tight end.
Career backup options
Ball State QB Keith Wenning: Wenning has desirable arm strength and he was a prolific passer at Ball State, throwing for 3,933 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2013. He also had some solid Senior Bowl practices. However, he never faced top-notch competition and there is no indication he could step in and potentially be a starting NFL quarterback. But he could be a temporary fill-in if needed based on his skill set.
San Jose State QB David Fales: Fales has generated some buzz as a late-round prospect that could provide some great value at the position. He's the prototypical pocket passer, which could work well in Gary Kubiak's West Coast passing attack. However, his fundamentals still need some polishing, especially with getting his feet set before throwing the ball.
TCU QB Casey Pachall: Pachall looks the part at 6-4, 216 pounds. But he had his share of off-field problems at TCU, including a battle with substance abuse. That said, his strong arm and quick release could lead to a seventh-round pick or an undrafted free agent signing. There's a ton of potential with Pachall, as long as he continues to stay on the correct path moving forward.