The Baltimore Ravens are set at quarterback for the unforeseeable future, but should the team consider drafting Jalen Hurts to be the long-term backup?
So long as the Baltimore Ravens have Lamar Jackson at the helm, the team will have top-end quarterback play and a shot to win a Super Bowl every year. The team also has a good backup option in Robert Griffin III and a developmental option in Trace McSorley. Even with those three guys, should the Ravens consider targeting Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts to be the team’s primary backup quarterback?
Before you go crazy in the comments claiming that it would be a waste of draft capital, let me break down why this would be in Baltimore’s best interest.
Right now, the Ravens have an OK backup option with RGIII. In relief for Jackson in 2019, Griffin tossed 225-yards and a touchdown. The 30-year old vet also tagged on 70 rushing yards. Not bad for a backup, but Griffin did throw more interceptions (two) than touchdowns and had just 3.5 YPC as a runner. It does leave much to be desired.
Meanwhile, McSorley is a fine developmental option who can be a versatile chess piece for the team, but he’s far away from being a reliable backup quarterback.
Be honest, Ravens Flock… if, God forbid, Lamar Jackson went down with an injury do you trust these guys to lead Baltimore to a minimum of a .500 record? If we’re being honest, we shouldn’t. Robert Griffin III is a suitable backup but a low-end one. The same goes for Trace McSorley.
This should cause the Ravens to take a serious look at drafting Jalen Hurts as the team’s backup.