Joe Flacco Is Primetime Ready: What's Your Take?

Vince RiccioContributor IAugust 7, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens is congratulated on his team's 33-14 win by quarterback Tom Brady #12 0f the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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I have a lot of love for Joe Cool Flacco.

I have been through over 30 mock up drafts this year and noticed a trend in every single one of those mock ups.

People are making the biggest mistake in not taking a closer look at Joe Flacco.

They avoided a tested product and one which will become a NFL record holder; you heard it here first.


What’s the Deal with Flacco?

I admit it folks; Joe Flacco is my starting quarterback not because I am a risk taker but because I genuinely believe in his talents.

In 2008, he made his mark as the 8th rookie quarterback in history to start a playoff game.

Let’s add to that amazing stat; in that same playoff run he rallied his team to take two road wins and etched the history books again as the only rookie QB to win two playoff games.

This was Flacco after 16 regular season games in his rookie year back in 2008.


Where’s the Love?

While you can find articles expressing the same sentiment as myself elsewhere, it seems that newcomers Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford have dominated the headlines along with the usual suspects Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Rightfully so, Brady and Manning deserve the type of attention they receive because of their sheer talent.

Meanwhile, our friend Joe Flacco quietly builds himself into the face of the NFL in the next five to 10 years.


Flash Forward

2009 was a year of bliss for Joe Flacco as he amassed 642 more yards that 2008; and not to forget he plays on a team that traditionally has a "run first" approach to the game.

He threw 12 interceptions (the same as 2008) but totalled seven more TDs.

Entering into his third year in the NFL, I can safely say that Joe Flacco will easily become a top five quarterback in 2010.

The Ravens receiving corps, while not elite, has the ability to provide some palpable options for Flacco.


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What’s Your Take?