Ravens have had their share of Draft busts, too…


I know the deal in Baltimore has been “In Ozzie We Trust”… but the fact is, if you look at the record closely enough, Ozzie Newsome’s biggest contribution has been in picking up free agents, and not so much in the early round Draft process…

The Draft for the most part in recent Ravens’ history has been a bust.

First there are the usual “bad-pick” suspects:

Kyle Boller, QB…

Travis Taylor, WR…

Dan Cody, DE/OLB…

Sergio Kindle, OLB…

Terrence Cody, DT…

Mark Clayton, WR…

Dan Cody is the poster child for bad Ravens’ drafts. 6-5, 255 out of Oklahoma, he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. His rookie season was ended on the first day of training camp with a knee injury. On November 19, 2006 Cody played in his first NFL game. He registered one assisted tackle with Trevor Pryce bringing down Warrick Dunn after a 4 yard gain with 12:31 remaining in the 4th quarter and the Ravens up 17-10.

Cody started the 2007 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list due to knee injuries and remained on the list the rest of the season. Cody was released by the Ravens on August 27, 2008 after defensive end Marques Douglas was acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

To be fair, the Ravens and Ozzie HIT BIG on the following early-round draft picks:

1996: Ray Lewis (ILB), Jonathan Ogden (OT), Jermaine Lewis (WR/PR/KR)…
1997: Peter Boulware (OLB)
1998: Duane Starks (CB)
1999: Chris McAlister (CB)
2000: Jamal Lewis (FB), Adalius Thomas (OLB)
2001: Todd Heap (TE)
2002: Ed Reed (S)
2003: Terrell Suggs (DE/OLB), Jarret Johnson (DE/OLB)
2006: Haloti Ngata (DT), Sam Koch (P)
2007: Ben Grubbs (G), Marshal Yanda (G/T), Le’Ron McClain (FB)
2008: Ray Rice (RB), Joe Flacco (QB)
2009: Paul Kruger (OLB), Michael Oher (OT), Lardarius Webb (CB)
2010: Dennis Pitta (TE), Arthur Jones (DT)
2011: Torrey Smith (WR), Jimmy Smith (CB)
2012: Kelechi Osemele (G/T), Courtney Upshaw (OLB)
2013: Matt Elam (S)

But there are plenty of “bombs” in those draft classes, too…

Deron Jenkins (CB), Dexter Daniels (LB), James Roe (WR), Jamie Sharper (LB), Kim Herring (S), Patrick Johnson (WR), Chris Redman (QB), Gary Baxter (DB), Casey Rabach (C), Anthony Weaver (DE), Ron johnson (WR), Chester Taylor (RB), Musa Smith (RB), Dwan Edwards (DT), Devard Darling (WR), Adam Terry (OT), David Pittman (CB), Yamon Figurs (WR), Troy Smith (QB), Tavares Gooden (LB), Ed Dickson (TE), David Reed (WR), Jah Reid (OT)— and it’s too early to tell about Arthur Brown (ILB) and Brandon Williams (DT)…

Clearly it is an art and not a strict science when you are picking in the early rounds from what you believe are solid prospects.

The trend that saves Ozzie, though, is that when he does hit in the early rounds of the Draft— he hits big.

That makes up for a lot of early misses.

Thomas Jackson

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Jax Sports Media has been reporting on NFL teams in the mid-Atlantic region since 2006. Thomas Jackson is its senior writer. Tom started covering the Philadelphia Eagles for the MVN Network in 2007. In 2009 he joined the Bloguin Network. He now also covers the Baltimore Ravens.