The draft is approaching, and as always a large percentage of the league's teams are possibilities to select one of the draft's top quarterbacks. Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun thinks the Ravens will be one possibility, perhaps looking to develop somebody who can ultimately take over for Joe Flacco.

Zrebiec was responding to a question about this mock draft by NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah. In it he has the Browns, Broncos, Jets, Ravens and Bills all drafting quarterback in the top 22 picks. Should the Ravens do so, it'd likely be similar to Kansas City last year, where they let Patrick Mahomes sit for a year, then shipped Alex Smith out of town.

Certainly Flacco hasn't played particularly well of late. His weapons aren't great, and maybe last year he was affected by a back injury. But he's also 33 years old, and while some quarterbacks seem to thrive into their mid- to late-30s, that won't necessarily be the case with Flacco. Doesn't look like it, anyway.

Flacco didn't play well last year, but he wasn't particularly good in 2016, either. That's back to back seasons of him posting one of the worst passer ratings among regular NFL starting quarterbacks. Table shows all passers with at least 300 attempts in either of the last two seasons.

YearPlayer Comp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rate
2016Matt Ryan, Atl.37353469.94,944387117.1
2016Tom Brady, N.E.29143267.43,554282112.2
2016Dak Prescott, Dall. 31145967.83,667234104.9
2017Alex Smith, K.C.34150567.54,042265104.7
2016Aaron Rodgers, G.B.40161065.74,428407104.2
2017Drew Brees, N.O.38653672.04,334238103.9
2017Tom Brady, N.E.38558166.34,577328102.8
2017Carson Wentz, Phil.26544060.23,296337101.9
2016Drew Brees, N.O.47167370.05,2083715101.7
2017Jared Goff, LAR29647762.13,804287100.5
2017Matthew Stafford, Det.37156565.74,446291099.3
2016Sam Bradford, Minn.39555271.63,87720599.3
2017Case Keenum, Minn.32548167.63,54722798.3
2016Kirk Cousins, Wash.40660667.04,917251297.2
2016Derek Carr, Oak.35756063.83,93728696.7
2016Andrew Luck, Ind.34654563.54,240311396.4
2017Philip Rivers, LAC36057562.64,515281096.0
2016Marcus Mariota, Tenn.27645161.23,42626995.6
2017Russell Wilson, Sea.33955361.33,983341195.4
2016Ben Roethlisberger, Pitt.32850964.43,819291395.4
2017Josh McCown, NYJ26739767.32,92618994.5
2017Kirk Cousins, Wash.34754064.34,093271393.9
2016Ryan Tannehill, Mia.26138967.12,995191293.5
2017Ben Roethlisberger, Pitt.36056164.24,251281493.4
2016Matthew Stafford, Det.38859465.34,327241093.3
2016Russell Wilson, Sea.35354664.74,219211192.6
2017Jameis Winston, T.B.28244263.83,504191192.2
2016Andy Dalton, Cin.36456364.74,20618891.8
2017Matt Ryan, Atl.34252964.74,095201291.4
2016Alex Smith, K.C.32848967.13,50215891.2
2016Colin Kaepernick, S.F.19633159.22,24116490.7
2016Tyrod Taylor, Buff.26943661.73,02317689.7
2017Tyrod Taylor, Buff.26342062.62,79914489.2
2016Philip Rivers, S.D.34957860.44,386332187.9
2016Carson Palmer, Ariz.36459761.04,233261487.2
2017Andy Dalton, Cin.29749659.93,320251286.6
2017Dak Prescott, Dall. 30849062.93,324221386.6
2017Derek Carr, Oak.32351562.73,496221386.4
2016Jameis Winston, T.B.34556760.84,090281886.1
2016Eli Manning, NYG37759863.04,027261686.0
2017Blake Bortles, Jac.31552360.23,687211384.7
2016Trevor Siemian, Den.28948659.53,401181084.6
2016Joe Flacco, Balt. 43667264.94,317201583.5
2017Jacoby Brissett, Ind.27646958.83,09813781.7
2017Jay Cutler, Mia.26642962.02,666191480.8
2017Cam Newton, Car.29149259.13,302221680.7
2017Eli Manning, NYG35257161.63,468191380.4
2017Joe Flacco, Balt.35254964.13,141181380.4
2016Carson Wentz, Phil.37960762.43,782161479.3
2017Marcus Mariota, Tenn.28145362.03,232131579.3
2016Blake Bortles, Jac.36862558.93,905231678.8
2017Mitchell Trubisky, Chi.19633059.42,1937777.5
2016Case Keenum, LAR19632260.92,20191176.4
2016Cam Newton, Car.27051052.93,509191475.8
2017Trevor Siemian, Den.20634959.02,285121473.3
2016Brock Osweiler, Hou.30151059.02,957151672.2
2017Brett Hundley, G.B.19231660.81,83691270.6
2016Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ22840356.62,710121769.6
2017DeShone Kizer, Clev.25547653.62,894112260.5

The quarterbacks down in Flacco's range were generally either rookies (Kizer, Trubisky), backups or have been benched once or twice (Siemian, Osweiler, Hundley, Fitzpatrick) or were better in the second of the two seasons (Keenum, Wentz, Bortles).

It isn't necessarily over for Flacco, but 2018 might be it for his days as Baltimore's starter, especially if they do select a quarterback early.

--Andy Richardson