With the 194th overall pick in the sixth round, the Baltimore Ravens drafted Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning. The Ravens were believed to be looking to draft a developmental QB in this draft, and they finally got one late in the sixth round in Wenning.
A very productive college career at Ball State ended this year after Ball State finished 10-3 and suffered a loss to Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl. Wenning finished his career with a 27-20 mark in 47 starts.
A four-year starter, Wenning was a two-time captain who threw for 4,148 yards with 35 touchdowns and only seven interceptions as a senior.
According to the school's official website, Wenning set multiple school records, including pass completions (1,035), attempts (1,642), passing yards (11,402) and touchdowns (92).
Wenning's 4,148 passing yards in 2013 was the third-highest mark in a single season in Mid-American Conference history. The other two guys ahead of him are Miami's Ben Roethlisberger (4,486 in 2003) and Marshall's Byron Leftwich (4,268 in 2002).
Big Ben has had a Hall of Fame-caliber NFL career while Leftwich was also a productive starter for several seasons.
Regarded as a dual-threat QB, Wenning also had 13 career rushing touchdowns. His game is similar to that of the current Ravens starting QB Joe Flacco.
Wenning's lack of arm strength is ultimately what led to him being a late-round prospect, as evidenced in Nolan Nawrocki's scouting report on NFL.com:
Average arm strength, athletic ability and pocket mobility to avoid the first wave and make throws off-balance and under duress.
Works almost exclusively out of the gun and will need to adapt to working from under center.
Cannot easily manipulate his arm and throwing platform. Does not drive the deep out and accuracy and placement diminishes downfield. Production is inflated from regularly facing inferior MAC competition.
Both QBs were very successful small-school QBs, though Wenning doesn't have nearly the same arm talent as Flacco.
Wenning looks like a solid developmental prospect who could eventually become a nice backup behind Flacco. As a rookie, Wenning will battle Tyrod Taylor and Nick Stephens for the backup QB spot.
The Ravens will likely carry three QBs, so Wenning probably just needs to do better than Stephens in the preseason to secure a roster spot.
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