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NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Who wants a QB in round one?

NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Who wants a QB in round one?

Breaking news: You need a solid-to strong starting quarterback to have any shot at winning in the NFL. That's often why teams reach when it comes to selecting passers in the annual draft. Depending on your source, having any quarterback picked in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft would reflect that desperation angle.

Maybe so, but that's happening and likely multiple times. The question is how many. That comes down to supply and demand. Or is it demand and supply?

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North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson are currently the top candidates to be the first quarterback drafted, if not the first player, though defensive linemen Myles Garrett and Jonathan Allen are the best bets for that honor. Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer might not be far behind. Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes seems more like  a Day 2 pick, but no position rises more come draft day than quarterbacks.

There's plenty of time between now and April 27, the start of the 2017 Draft, for teams to talk themselves into thinking QB or bust in the first. Let's take a look at those likely teams or at least those who should consider.

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Cleveland (1, 12) -- If it feels like the Browns have been searching for a quarterback since the Bernie Kosar era ended, that's because the basically have. Robert Griffin III was never going to be the answer. Maybe 2016 third round pick Cody Kessler showed enough to have the Browns use both of the round one picks on other needs, but taking one of the top three options at 12 might be very, very tempting.

San Francisco (2) -- Kyle Shanahan is the new head coach. Kyle Shanahan is an offensive guy. Kyle Shanahan wants a quarterback. The 49ers don't have a viable option. Have to think they take one in the first even if they trade down. Caveat? The Redskins and Kirk Cousins don't agree on a long-term deal. Shanahan might be willing to wait a year for a reunion via free agency.

• Chicago (3) -- Jay Cutler is a free agent. He's also Jay Cutler. He also might be the best free agent QB depending on Tony Romo's situation, which means the Bears might stay with the devil they know. That's especially true if they can take one of those two defensive lineman studs.

• NY Jets (6) -- It's not often a team spends a 2nd round pick on a QB one season and everyone wonders when they'll seriously address their signal caller needs by the next offseason. Props, Christian Hackenberg.

LA Chargers (7) -- It doesn't seem like Philip Rivers is forcing a trade . If that holds, the new LA team can wait until Day 2 or 3 before seeking a long-term replacement plan.

• Buffalo (10) -- If Tyrod Taylor is on the roster on March 11, the Bills' starter pockets $30 million in guaranteed money. Nice for Tyrod. If not, Buffalo is back to square one at quarterback, but then one of these other QB-needy teams has a new option.

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• Arizona (13) -- New Orleans didn't make this list because even though Drew Brees is NFL-old, he's still good. Carson Palmer, not so much. But, do the Cardinals think he's good enough in a Peyton Manning's last season with Denver that they can still compete for  the playoffs if they shore up issues elsewhere?

• Washington (17) -- Even if Kirk Cousins moves on, no. Assuming general manager Scot McCloughan is the one making the call, of course. Otherwise...

• NY Giants (23) -- At some point Big Blue must prep for the day Eli Manning joins his brother in some 24/7 commercial-making machine. That doesn't mean in the first round this year. The Giants can win the NFC with good health, breaks and a better run game.

• Houston (25) -- Brock Osweiler was bru-tal last season, but between his contract and hopes that Tom Savage can step in as needed, the Texans won't reach. They might decide Trubisky, Watson or Kizer is worthy of love if they fall, however.

MORE DRAFT: Will Ravens target highly prized Michigan players?

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Ravens 2017 Schedule Week 3 vs. Bills: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Ravens 2017 Schedule Week 3 vs. Bills: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Two games into the NFL Preseason and the Baltimore Ravens remain undefeated. 

In back-to-back Thursday games, the Ravens took down Beltway rival Washington Redskins 23-3 before destroying the Miami Dolphins last week, 31-7. Things are looking good for Baltimore, and that's all without Joe Flacco attempting a pass. 

Quarterback Ryan Mallett led the team, throwing 13-for-22 for 113 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. While fellow quarterback Josh Woodrum completed 8-of-10 passes for 110 yards, he also ran for two touchdowns. 

But the Ravens return home for their NFL Preseason Week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, August 26. The Bills are currently 0-2 in preseason games, and Baltimore is riding some momentum that could make them 0-3. 

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the Ravens' third preseason game. 

RELATED: Former Raven Anquan Boldin retires from football to focus more on humanitarian work

2017 NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3: RAVENS VS. BILLS

Who: Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens

What: Week 3 of the 2017 NFL Preseason

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.

When: 7 p.m. ET, Saturday, August 26

TV Channel: WBAL, WJLA (NBC)

Live Stream: NFL Game Pass

Radio: WBAL Radio (1090 AM), 98Rock (97.9 FM)

RAVENS 2017 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: 23-3 win vs. Washington Redskins

Week 2: 31-7 win at Miami Dolphins

Week 3: VS. Buffalo Bills, 7 p.m. ET

Week 4: At New Orleans Saints, 8 p.m. ET

MORE NFL: What to know before Redskins-Bengals Week 3 game

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Former Raven Anquan Boldin retires from football to focus more on humanitarian work

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Former Raven Anquan Boldin retires from football to focus more on humanitarian work

ORCHARD PARK, New York -- Receiver Anquan Boldin is abruptly giving up on football to pursue his humanitarian and charitable work just under two weeks after signing with the Buffalo Bills.

Boldin released a statement on Sunday night shortly after informing the Bills of his decision.

"Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work," Boldin. "At this time, I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority. My life's purpose is bigger than football."

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He added that football brings together people of different races and religions to strive toward one shared goal, and how important it is to not let your fellow man down.

Boldin, the NFL's 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year, oversees the south Florida-based Q81 Foundation, which offers educational support for under-privileged children.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane said the team respects Boldin's decision to retire.

"We appreciate the time he gave us over the past two weeks," Beane said. "He is one of the best receivers to play this game and we wish him and his family all the best moving forward."

Boldin's decision came as a complete surprise, especially after he talked about building on his legacy entering his 15th season and being open to serving as a mentor for Buffalo's young group of receivers. Though he was non-committal about his future beyond this year, Boldin was intent on playing this season upon signing a one-year contract with a base salary of $1.75 million on Aug. 7.

"At this point in your career, you can't get too far ahead of yourself, so I just take it a year at a time," he had said. "Once I'm committed, I'm all in."

The Bills, however, aren't the same team he joined. Only four days after Boldin signed, Buffalo traded its top receiving threat in Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines as part of two blockbuster deals on Aug. 11. In a separate trade, the Bills acquired receiver Jordan Matthews from Philadelphia for starting cornerback Ronald Darby.

The Bills also acquired second- and third-round draft picks in an indication the team is more intent on building through next year's draft.

Though surprised by the moves, Boldin insisted at the time that Watkins' presence had little to do with him signing with Buffalo.

"For me, I would've loved to have played alongside of Sammy, but that wasn't the reason I signed here," Boldin had signed. "The reason I signed here is the guys who are still here. I believe in coach Sean (McDermott) and what he's doing and the direction this organization is heading in."

McDermott is a first-time coach who spent the past six seasons as the Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator. He was hired in January to replace Rex Ryan, who was fired in the final week of last season.

Boldin ranks in the top four among active receivers with 1,076 catches, 13,779 yards receiving and 82 touchdowns receiving.

He appeared in just one preseason game for Buffalo, and finished with one catch for 5 yards in a 20-16 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Boldin spent last season with Detroit, where he had 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games. The former Florida State star spent his first seven NFL seasons with Arizona, then played three years with Baltimore and three with San Francisco. He helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl in February 2013.

The Bills are in a sudden state of disarray at the receiver position three weeks before the season opens, and in the midst of a 17-year playoff drought -- the longest active streak in North America's four professional sports.

Boldin was supposed to fill a top-three spot alongside Matthews and rookie second-round draft pick Zay Jones.

Matthews, however, is listed as week to week after chipping a bone in his sternum during his first practice after being traded. He began light workouts on Sunday, and is on track to be ready for the season opener against the New York Jets.

Free-agent addition Rod Streater's status is more uncertain after hurting his left toe against Philadelphia. McDermott said the medical staff is still evaluating Streater's injury and wouldn't rule out the possibility of surgery.

That leaves Andre Holmes and Philly Brown now competing for an increased role in an offense headed by quarterback Tyrod Taylor.