NFL rookie preview on the #18 pick in the 2008 NFL Football Draft and now the Baltimore Ravens new backup quarterback Joe Flacco, a rookie out of University of Delaware!
Number 18 Pick: Baltimore Ravens - Joe Flacco (QB, University of Delaware)
Joe Flacco, a quarterback out of Delaware, has one of the stronger arms in the collegiate game. At 6’6, 230 pounds, Joe is a very tall passer that has shown the ability to get the pass over defenders. While in college, Flacco took most of his snaps from the shotgun formation which is bound to change in the pros.
Flacco played in 26 games at Delaware over two full seasons. He is their current record holder for pass completions (585) and attempts (938) for a 63.4%. He is second on the all time list for passing yards (7,046). He was able to throw 41 touchdowns with only 15 interceptions. He was sacked 48 times in his career and lost 4 fumbles. On the ground, he rushed 147 times for a total of 76 yards.
Joe played his high school football at Audubon High School in New Jersey. He was named twice to the All Group II first team, along with All-South Jersey and All-Colonial Conference. He was also named the Colonial Conference player of the year. In his three years as a starter Joe threw for over 5000 yards, which ranks fourth in South Jersey history. In one game Joe set a South Jersey record for throwing 471 total yards. He also played baseball and basketball in high school, leading his baseball team to a state title.
He will have to adjust and work on his drops to be the quarterback the Ravens hope he can be. With his arm strength, and his size (6’6), he looks to get plenty of chances now that Steve McNair has retired and Kyle Boller has never met the team’s expectations.
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