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The First Round of the NFL Draft is April 26.  The second & third rounds will be Friday, April 27.  Rounds 4-7 will take place on Saturday, April 28.  The Ravens start with the 29th overall pick.

NFL Network and CBS Sports Analyst Charley Casserly, who has been through many “draft day war rooms” during his many years as an NFL Executive with the Redskins and Texans, joined The Norris & Davis Morning Show on Baltimore’s 105.7 THE FAN to discuss the much-hyped & anticipated event.

That NFL franchise from Indianapolis has the first overall pick.  Casserly said he would advise Jim Irsay to choose Stanford QB Andrew Luck because, “When you watch him you watch a pro quarterback operate.  You see a guy calling plays at the line of scrimmage.  You see a guy with terrific field vision.”

Listen to entire interview here:

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was the 18th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.  The Ravens are negotiating a contract extension with Flacco.  Flacco’s agent wants Top 5 money.  The Ravens QB made headlines 10 days ago when he announced that he was the NFL’s best quarterback.  Coach John Harbaugh had Flacco’s back when he joined The Norris & Davis Show last week.

“I like Flacco,” Casserly said, adding, “Flacco’s a good player but Flacco has the benefit of playing with a first-class defense and a very good running game.  But he hasn’t been asked to carry it and put it all on his shoulders to win the game.”

So where would the former NFL executive place Joe Flacco among the league’s quarterbacks? He feels Flacco is “even” with Dallas’ Tony Romo, Houston’s Matt Schaub and Chicago’s Jay Cutler.  Casserly feels young QBs Sam Bradford and Matt Stafford are better but too early in their career to include in serious discussions.

Good thing Casserly isn’t Joe’s agent.  He ranked Matt Ryan, Michael Vick, Drew Brees, Peyton & Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers, Philip Rivers, and Carson Palmer ahead of Baltimore’s signal caller.

When questioned about Carson Palmer ranking ahead of Flacco Casserly responded, “Carson Palmer didn’t play with the Baltimore Ravens, man.”


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