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RAVENS DRAFT HISTORY: Round 3

NFL Draft RAVENS DRAFT HISTORY: Round 3

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6+ Comments Cheri says The biggest thing I will always remember that year was Nestor Aparicio use to have Brian Billick out to the Barn right before the draft and I will always rememb
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Last Friday, we looked over the Ravens’ 2nd round draft history and explored who lived up to their stock.

Today, we’ll be checking out Round Three to see how the Ravens have fared after many of the top players are off the board.

1997 (64) Jay Graham, RB, Tennessee

While the Ravens took Graham hoping he could make an impact, they never saw great production from the Tennessee alum. In his rookie season, he complied just 299 yards on the ground. After a 1998 season where he rushed for just 109 yards, his on-field career was finished. He didn’t have an impact in 1999, as he finished his Ravens career with just 408 yards on the ground. GRADE: D-

2000 (75) Chris Redman, QB, Louisville

If you played Madden back in the day and played around with the depth chart, you probably know more of Redman. He threw many a video game touchdown back in the day, as players elevated him over Tony Banks and Trent Dilfer. His impact with the actual Ravens though, was minimal, primarily serving as a backup for the team behind some poor quarterback play. He eventually became the starter, making six starts in 2002, throwing seven touchdowns and three interceptions in that time. Kyle Boller was drafted the following year and Redman’s time in Baltimore was pretty much done. He made some spot starts for Atlanta, and saw game action as recently as 2011. GRADE: D

2001 (92) Casey Rabach, C, Wisconsin

Rabach was another player who was never able to anchor down his spot as a starter on the depth chart. While he started a bit – most notably in 2004 – he didn’t stick around with the team. The Redskins signed him after the 2004 season, and he made it in Washington as a starter for six seasons. GRADE: C-

2003 (77) Musa Smith, RB, Georgia

Smith sat back on the depth chart for most of his time with the Ravens, but he did make an impact in his last two seasons with Baltimore. 2006 and 2007 brought a few touches a game, but he never locked down a starting job during his five seasons in Baltimore. He finished his Ravens career with just four total touchdowns. GRADE: C

2004 (82) Devard Darling, WR, Washington State

Darling will be remembered as one of the many busts in the history of WRs drafted by the Ravens. Expected to be a solid receiver for the future, Darling ultimately had just 20 catches as a Raven. GRADE: F

2006 (87) David Pittman, CB, Northwestern State

Pittman is one of the biggest busts in the history of the 3rd round in Baltimore. He never saw much starting time, spending just two seasons in Baltimore before traveling to different leagues, including the CFL. According to Pro Football Reference, he appeared in just seven games with the Ravens. GRADE: F

2007 (74) Yamon Figurs, WR, Kansas State

Figurs’ limited impact as a Raven came as a retur -man. He had two return touchdowns, but he spent just two seasons with the Ravens as he didn’t make the team in 2009. While some may argue that his touchdowns made an impact, Figurs certainly didn’t live up to being a top-75 selection. GRADE: C-

2007 (86) Marshal Yanda, OG, Iowa

After a poor job by the front office in the third round up to this point, they finally struck gold here. Yanda is still starting today, having notched three Pro Bowl selections, while being recognized as an All-Pro three times. He is expected to continue to anchor the interior of the line for years to come. It’s safe to say this selection was a great one. GRADE: A

2008 (71) Tavares Gooden, LB, Miami

This linebacker from Miami didn’t quite work out as well as the one the team took in 1996. Gooden was often injured during his time with the Ravens and only started when the Ravens desperately needed him to. For a selection at 71, Gooden should have at least started for a few seasons. GRADE: C

2008 (86) Tom Zbikowski, S, Notre Dame

Zbikowski played well in the Ravens defensive backfield during his time in Baltimore, but he never did enough to become a staple. He was a good special teamer, though, and started a total of 14 games between 2009-11. He’ll get a good grade considering his effectiveness on teams and when called upon for spot starts, but this certainly wasn’t an elite selection. GRADE: B-

2008 (99) Oniel Cousins, OL, UTEP

Cousins was mainly a backup in Baltimore. He wasn’t able to find a starting role as a Raven and as a result, he was waived during the 2011 pre-season. Because this was a compensatory pick, we won’t label Cousins a bust…although we could… GRADE: D

2009 (88) Lardarius Webb, CB, Nicholls State

This one turned out to be a selection to remember.

A staple in the Ravens defensive secondary since the time he was drafted, Webb has seen success often. The Ravens have had a so-so secondary for a few seasons, but Webb has been the one player who has been able to make an impact game after game. His two ACL injuries are likely the only reason he’s not currently considered one of the top couple corners in the game. GRADE: A-

2010 (70) Ed Dickson, TE, Oregon

This was a disappointing selection considering how high Dickson was taken. He has 111 catches and 1,110+ yards with the Ravens, but his poor hands and lack of major production have been disappointing. He had a big season in 2011 (55/528/5), but things never really worked out the way they should have for a top-70 pick, especially in his 2013 contract year after the team lost Dennis Pitta to injury in preseason. GRADE: B-

2011 (85) Jah Reid, OL, South Florida

Let’s just not talk about this one, okay?

Reid has been the mystery of all mysteries. The only people that might know about Reid’s “role” on the team are the coaching staff – and even they might be confused. Reid has made a minimal impact on this team and that isn’t expected to change any time soon. GRADE: D+

2012 (84) Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple

We can’t effectively grade Pierce just yet, but it appears that this is a solid 3rd round selection. Pierce has been a good complement to Ray Rice and his production has been there. While it’s early, Pierce might have a nice future in Baltimore. Look for 2014 to be a potential breakout year considering Rice’s legal trouble. TEMPORARY GRADE: B+

2013 (94) Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern

Williams will get his chance to prove his value in the 2014 season. Arthur Jones is off to Indianapolis and Williams projects to be a starter for the Ravens defense. Will he be able to fill in effectively?

Comment below and let us know who you think was the best 3rd rounder in Ravens history!

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Cheri
Cheri

The biggest thing I will always remember that year was Nestor Aparicio use to have Brian Billick out to the Barn right before the draft and I will always remember telling Brian that the Ravens should take this Brady kid in like the 4th or 5th round.I always liked Michigan and saw a lot of their games that year and remember walking out of the Barn with Brian and just me going on and on about Brady how raw he was and how he needed to get in the weight room but that the guy was so competitive and had a underrated arm I went on and on about things that I saw that he needed improvement on but the conversation kept leading me to how this guy would be such wise pick in the middle rounds if a team was willing to just buy some time with him as he had some traits that just could not be coached.My friends who know me to this day say to me all the time they are going to put this on my tomb stone when I die about how bad I wanted the Ravens to take Brady instead of Redman or Pennington for that matter.I swear to this day Brian still recalls our conversation as we spoke for about a good 7 to 8 minutes because no one else was around.About 2 years ago I walked up to him and he goes you know" I would still have my job in Baltimore if Ozzie would had listen to you" and smiles..

Russ
Russ

I think the Ravens are an average at best drafting team. That's why I go nuts every time I hear that Ozzie wants to trade back to get more picks - rather than staying put or trading up. But then the Ravens really know what they are doing when it comes to evaluating UNDRAFTED talent (UFAs). I would like to see the Ravens trade up in the first round and pick a top 10 talent - and then go clean up on the back end and the UDFAs

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ravensean509@gmail.com

I didn't realize rd. 3 was so bad. Pretty much just yanda and webb with some recent incomplete hopefuls like bernard pierce. I just wanted to mention that (and maybe it's just me) that i give better grades to guys that succeeded elsewhere like stokley or, in this case rabach who along with another center hopeful, chris chester, started in washington.

Metalsheep
Metalsheep

Ozzie has struggled a bit in the middle rounds, his magic works best on late round picks, strange free agent signings, trading for players no one else knew were available/existed, and the UDFA pool.

TRUTH
TRUTH

The majority of teams draft whiffs. Look at it in context.

Johnny B
Johnny B

Not sure Ozzie is the whiz everyone makes him out to be. Only two winners and lots of whiffs.

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