by Phil Gentile, @iHateJJRedick on Twitter
Call me crazy but if I was Ozzie Newsome I would draft a developmental quarterback in the later rounds of the draft every single year.
Why not? If he stinks you get rid of him. If he shows potential he could be the heir apparent to Joe Flacco or, better yet, a valuable trade chip with the numerous QB needy teams around the league. Look at the Bengals; they took AJ McCarron in the 5th round a couple seasons ago and now he's one of the better young backups in the league. You can say the same for Packers QB Brett Hundley.
Here are some later round options at the QB position that the Ravens should consider if they want to invest in the most important position in sports.
Cardale Jones, Ohio State
A completely raw product with a cannon for an arm, Cardale will likely need 2-3 years of learning before a team can even consider putting him on the field. He's extremely inaccurate but his size (6'5" and 253 lbs.) is undeniable. I'm not a huge fan but if the Ravens want a strong armed QB with size similar to Flacco to learn behind the Super Bowl MVP this would be an interesting candidate.
What the experts are saying: "He has a big, strong frame and the arm strength to easily drive the football down the field." - ESPN's Todd McShay
Cody Kessler, Southern Cal
Kessler was a three-year starter in a pro-style offense......so why is his draft stock so low? Well unlike Cardale Jones, he lacks the physical traits and arm strength to be a desirable NFL prospect. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, though, has heard from his NFL contacts that we will see Kessler drafted much higher than people think. His collegiate production was there (39 touchdowns in 2014) but he dipped to 29 TDs last season. Seems like a career backup talent-wise so if the Ravens are looking for the heir apparent to Joe Flacco they should probably look elsewhere.
Vernon Adams, Oregon
Adams played just one season at Oregon after two successful seasons at Eastern Washington, in which he scored 100 total touchdowns. Yes I said 100 total touchdowns in two seasons. That makes his 26 touchdowns at Oregon slightly less impressive; especially since his size and skill set typically don't translate to the pro level. Might sound like a bad thing but you're comparing him to one of the best QBs in the game. Adams has the intangibles to be an interesting late round option, with a style that compliments Joe Flacco perfectly. One thing going against Vernon Adams.......Of the 229 quarterbacks drafted since 1996, only five (2.2 percent) have been under six-feet tall.
What the experts are saying: "Adams is Russell Wilson, stylistically, in Johnny Manziel's body. He is a bit lighter with a weaker arm and less straight line speed" - SB Nation's Ben Natan
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
After being unable to land the starting gig at Florida, Brissett transferred to NC State and his name was quickly forgotten by some folks in the draft community. He had 43 touchdowns over his two seasons as a starter for the Wolfpack and now NFL scouts are finally seeing his potential in a shallow pool of QB talent.
What the experts are saying: "I know he has NFL size. He's got some really good athleticism. He's, I think, proven that he can make all the throws at the college level, and he's just got to tighten up his consistency." - ESPN's Jon Gruden