Lamar Jackson Rumors: 5 QB contingency plans for the Ravens
By Ryan Heckman
Ravens quarterback contingency plans for Lamar Jackson: Hendon Hooker, Tennesse
The second option Baltimore would have in the draft, without having to move up or worry about making some big, huge, trade is if they went after Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker.
This would be the perfect example of a quarterback coming in, sitting for a year and learning the offense behind Huntley. A year of development would be fantastic for Hooker, especially since he's likley to miss some time after suffering a torn ACL back in November.
At 6-foot-3 and 217 pounds, Hooker has prototypical size and gives the Ravens that dual-threat type that they're used to having in the building. Before getting hurt last season, Hooker was on pace to end the year as a legit Heisman candidate, finishing the season with 3,135 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He has also run for over 2,000 yards in the last four seasons with the Volunteers.
Hooker's biggest area to improve comes when there's pressure. He has to learn to keep his focus downfield and stand in the pocket, rather than immediately looking to run. That will come with time and the right coaching, though, and Hooker could end up being a phenomenal quarterback in this league. The raw talent is there, and he's a proven winner and leader.