Who Would You Draft? Quarterbacks

Without Marc Bulger locked up for 2011, Baltimore could tab a QB in mid to late rounds.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Categories: 2011 NFL Draft, Mike Duffy, Who Would You Draft?

The Ravens are not looking for a quarterback at the top of the NFL Draft, but without Marc Bulger locked up for 2011, finding a backup for starter Joe Flacco in the middle or late rounds would probably be a good idea.

Luckily, there are several prospects that are generally rated in that area who could help the Ravens.

Perhaps unluckily, there are a lot of teams that need a quarterback, and the league’s work stoppage currently freezing free agency could artificially push some of those guys up draft boards.

Here are just a few quarterbacks that may be available for the Ravens. Who would you draft?

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Ricky Stanzi, Iowa
Senior; 6-foot-4, 223 pounds
2010 Stats: 221 completions on 345 attempts, 3,004 yards, 25 touchdowns, 6 interceptions
Stanzi has prototypical size for the professional ranks, and although he might not be the most mobile, the book on the former Hawkeye is that he moves well and with confidence inside the pocket.  Stanzi also is 26-9 as a starter, which attests to his experience level. The Ravens reportedly sent representatives to Stanzi’s pro day. The quarterback could be selected as high as the fourth round.

Pat Devlin, Delaware
Senior; 6-3, 225
2010 Stats: 261-384, 3,032 yards, 22 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Even though Devlin is coming from a small school and a quarterback-friendly spread offense, Flacco showed that such a quarterback can make a successful jump from the Football Championship Subdivision Blue Hens to the pros.  Devlin had an impressive 68.0 completion percentage, so he’s accurate.  The former Penn State transfer, whose arm strength has come into question, is projected to come off the board anywhere from the fifth to the seventh.

Greg McElroy, Alabama
Senior; 6-2, 220
2010 Stats: 222-313, 2,987 yards, 20 touchdowns, 5 interceptions
A true leader and winner, McElroy led the Crimson Tide to a national championship and was 24-3 as a starter. He has great football IQ and great accuracy and touch on the short and intermediate routes.  Several scouting outlets have said that McElroy isn’t as on-point with the deep ball, but he didn’t need to throw a lot of those at Alabama.  McElroy also needed surgery on his throwing hand, which he broke at the Senior Bowl. That could hurt his fifth-round status.

Taylor Potts, Texas Tech
Senior; 6-4, 218
2010 Stats: 369-551, 3,726 yards, 35 touchdowns, 10 interceptions
Potts also possesses great size and a great arm, and was prolific in the Red Raiders’ high-powered offense.  He may have earned his way on draft boards by leading Team Texas to a victory over Team Nation in February’s NFLPA All-Star Game.  Whether he can make the switch from a shotgun attack remains to be seen, as Texas Tech quarterbacks haven’t had an impact on the NFL in recent years.  Once labeled as a free-agent option, Potts may have earned his way into the fifth to seventh rounds.

Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
Junior; 6-2, 210
2010 Stats: 194-266, 2,439 yards, 16 touchdowns, 6 interceptions
Tolzien, the winner of last year’s Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, completed 73 percent of his passes in leading the Badgers to their first Rose Bowl appearance since 2000.  His poise and versatility have been praised, but he has less-than-ideal size.  Tolzien also did not throw a lot of deep balls in Wisconsin’s tough, run-heavy offense, so arm strength will be a question.  Tolzien is generally projected as a sixth-round pick a priority free agent.

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