The Ravens were faced with the retirement of Steve McNair and the organization had seemed to have already addressed the quarterback situation. Kyle Boller and Troy Smith were once looked on as the possible, future quarterbacks in Baltimore. However, somewhere along the way the Ravens' "brass" figured that neither Boller nor Smith possessed the tools needed to be their "franchise" quarterbacks. Enter Delaware's Joe Flacco. The Ravens were very impressed by Joe Flacco's 6-6 frame and his "prototype" build as well as his incredible arm strength. But the Ravens were also extremely impressed with the intelligence Flacco displayed. The Ravens sent the top quarterbacks they liked, in this draft, a Ravens playbook to study. When the Ravens met with Flacco he displayed more overall knowledge about the Raven's system than any of the other quarterbacks did and he was able to translate the playbook in detail. Now, Flacco was not cheap as the Ravens had to go deep into their bag of draft picks to complete the deal with the Texans, giving the Texans their 26th, 89th and 173rd picks, but if Flacco can someday step in and do what he seems to be capable of, then the costs will have been a bargain. The Ravens also made a nice move and picked up Ray Rice. Rice is a 5-8 200 pound running back from Rutgers. He is basically the same size as Maurice Jones Drew. Whether Rice will be able to produce the way Jones-Drew has is yet to be seen. Rice is a fast running and hard hitting back capable of making big plays. He is also a hard worker who rushed for 2012 yards as a senior and also had 24 touchdowns and 25 receptions. Rice has good enough hands to be a receiving threat out of the backfield and should be a nice compliment to Willis McGahee. A review of Rice and his gameday film gives one the inkling he may be a playmaker in the NFL. Speaking of running backs, Allen Patrick was a steal in the 7th round, if it wasn't for nagging injuries in 2007 he would have likely been a 2nd or 3rd round selection. The Ravens also picked up a Tim Zbikowski. Zbikowski, a Notre Dame safety, is as tough as they come. He has been a boxer for many years and has fought, since age nine, in the Golden Gloves. Zbikowski actually became a professional boxer in 2006 and in his first fight, in Madison Square Garden, he knocked out his opponent in 49 seconds . His boxing skills have occasionally translated to the gridiron in the form of being an aggressive and truly hard hitting player. He could be a solid addition to the Raven's special teams and may find his way onto the field in some other situations. However, Zbikowski has a bit of catching up to do to get his skill level in line with what is needed to be a performer in the NFL. Baltimore realized they had made a mistake taking Kyle Boller in the first round in the 2003 draft yet they did not hesitate in trading picks and doing what they had to do to get another quarterback in the first round this year to try and correct their previous error. Ozzie Newsome has never ducked responsibility for a draft pick and he did what he thought was right here and it looks like a solid decision. Remember, Newsome is the same guy who drafted Ray Lewis, Adalius Thomas and Jamal Lewis (who gained over 1000 yards in his rookie season and a few seasons later came within 39 yards of breaking Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record) that is some very worthy company. Newsome has earned the right to have a 1st round miss every 10 years or so. However, on paper, this years early picks all look to be hits.