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Penn State Football: Trace McSorley Goes To Baltimore Ravens In Sixth Round

by on April 27, 2019 4:50 PM

Trace McSorley is an NFL quarterback.

The Baltimore Ravens selected the former Nittany Lions with the 197th pick in the draft during the sixth round on Saturday, marking the end of one journey and the start of another for the Virginia native.

McSorley will join fellow dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson in Baltimore after Jackson took over the starting job following the benching of longtime starter Joe Flacco last season. 

The fit could be a fun one for a team that has slowly shifted away from the NFL's more traditional drop-back quarterbacking model and something approximating a dual-threat style of play. While it remains to be seen how McSorley fits into the Ravens' weekly game plan, his skillset is cut from the same cloth as Jackson's and both players have spent much of their careers being asked if they really could play at the next level.

"It doesn't necessarily bother me," McSorley said this summer when asked about the always present criticisms surrounding his size. "It's just something I've always heard and gotten used to hearing and something I've used as a little bit of motivation. Being able to understand that yea I'm not the 6-foot-4, 230 pound prototype but there are other things that I do and try and separate myself in other areas that I feel like can give me a leg up."

"I can only control what I can control, I can't change who I am. I feel like my arm is just as strong as the next guy and all that kind of stuff and I'm confident in what I'm able to do and that's something that Coach Rahne has instilled into myself and the quarterback room that quarterback confidence is key, and if the quarterback is not confident the rest of the offense isn't confident. So I've got to be confident in what I do, and I am, and I can't control all those other things. I can't try and change who I am."

For Penn State it marks the fifth player to go during this weekend's draft and the third during the final rounds on Saturday. Miles Sanders was the first Penn State player off the board on Friday heading to Philadelphia. Shareef Miller will join Sanders in Philadelphia while Connor McGovern and Amani Oruwariye will head to Dallas and Detroit, respectively.

Fittingly, while the Eagles did not have an actual hand in McSorley's selection, a Friday trade sent the 197th pick to Baltimore, ultimately setting up the Ravens for their eventual choice a day later.

The Ravens play in Philadelphia during the preseason slate on August 22nd.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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