Both Mel Kiper Jr. and Mike Mayock were high on Flacco, believing he was the second best quarterback in the class behind Matt Ryan and a first-round pick. Kiper told Bill Ordine of the Baltimore Sun Flacco went from “intriguing” to the “real deal” during his senior season. [Baltimore Sun, Apr. 17, 2008]. He wrote for ESPN that he thought the Falcons might trade back to get him later in the first round (Ravens ended up doing that).
Originally Posted by SNR
He absolutely was. He was a solid reach.
Joe Flacco has been hovering around my Top 25 Big Board all season, and this week he cracked the board. Flacco’s size and arm strength are the best in this year’s quarterback class, and he really impressed teams during his individual workouts. Although he’s not tremendously mobile, Flacco moves well enough in the pocket. He also appears to be extremely coachable and a quick study.
Similar to what Cleveland did last year with Brady Quinn, don’t be surprised if the Atlanta Falcons try and trade back into the latter stages of the first round to draft Flacco.
Mayock was quite impressed with what Flacco brought to the table physically. On the Apr. 27, 2008 edition of NFL Networks’ Total Access, he said that Brady Quinn was unfit to carry Flacco’s jock
“I had some people make comments to me last night, ‘Why did they go back to [the] 18[th-overall pick]? Did they really need to get [Flacco] like that? Come on, how good a football player is this guy?’
Let me put it in perspective: Brady Quinn — everybody thought was a top-10 pick last year — Brady Quinn, as far as physical skill set, can’t carry his jock.”