FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Draft History Round 6

Adalius Thomas

1996 (172) Dexter Daniels, LB, Florida The Ravens didn’t start their late-round selections off with a bang with this pick as Daniels never made an impact with the team. He played in just a few games during the ’96 season and he wasn’t able to start in the NFL after his short time with the Ravens. GRADE: D

1996 (186) James Roe, WR, Norfolk State The Norfolk State receiver came in and stuck around with the team, but he didn’t make much of an impact. In 1997 and 1998, he reeled in a total of 15 catches and spent some time as a kick returner. While he didn’t last long with the team, the small-school Roe did have a few notable plays, including a touchdown in his final season of playing time.GRADE: C

1997 (167) Steve Lee, FB, Indiana Lee might have seemed like a nice fullback option at the time, but the Ravens, and all 31 other teams in the league, didn’t get any help from Lee at the pro level. He never played in the regular season in the “big leagues”. In fact, there are no documented statistics to show for his time in the NFL. This pick didn’t turn out to be a productive one – luckily for the Ravens, it was outside of the top-150. GRADE: D

1997 (194) Cornell Brown, LB, Virginia Tech The Ravens actually got a few seasons with Brown in their linebacking corps. He stuck around with the team until 2004, compiling 104 combined tackles according to Pro Football Reference. He registered seven sacks and an interception during his time in Baltimore. While he was never a standout star, Brown did what he needed to do to make this pick a successful one. GRADE: B-

1998 (154) Ron Rodgers, LB, Georgia Tech The Ravens continued their trend of drafting linebackers in the sixth with this selection. Rodgers didn’t make the Ravens team in ’98, and after spending a small amount of time in Indianapolis, he never made an impact in the NFL. GRADE: D

1998 (164) Sammy Williams, OT, Oklahoma Williams was another sixth round pick who never turned out to be a late-round steal. He spent two seasons with the team, starting a few games but never locking up a starting role. The former Sooner spent time with a few other teams, but never amounted to anything more than a journeyman. GRADE: C

2000 (186) Adalius Thomas, DE, Southern Mississippi AD made his initial mark in the NFL as a preseason beast and then moved on to be a fearsome gunner on special teams. It’s hard not to find a place on a defense for a guy that weighed 270 pounds yet still motored at a 40-yard clip of 4.4 seconds. Eventually AD, a two-time All Pro, became the Ravens most versatile defender of all-time and is the only Raven who can claim to have played a down at every single defensive position. GRADE: A+

2000 (191) Cedric Woodward, DT, Texas Woodward wasn’t able to produce like Thomas did – in fact, he never even picked up a spot with the Ravens. The Texas interior lineman did spend some time with the Seattle Seahawks, but he wasn’t able to make a name for himself as a pro. GRADE: C-

Clearly Adalius Thomas was the Ravens best 6th Round draft choice. Who was 2nd best?
Chester Taylor (29%)
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2001 (194) Joe Maese, LS, New Mexico The Ravens took a chance on a long-snapper, and ultimately, they got a great deal. Maese played four seasons as the team’s main special teams anchor. While he wasn’t a long-term option, Maese certainly made his presence known for a guy that was drafted close to the 200 mark. After his initial four-year contract with the team, he had a trial run with the Detroit Lions before finishing his time in the league. GRADE: B-

2002 (195) Lamont Brightful, CB, Eastern Washington Brightful hung around Baltimore for a few seasons, making a minimal impact in the secondary. He was used as one of the team’s primary return-men in 2002 and 2003, but he wasn’t kept around. He played one season in Miami before finishing his NFL career with just three years of NFL playing time. His poor hands which inspired the nickname “Lamont Frightful” forced him to finish out his career in the CFL. GRADE: C-

2002 (206) Javin Hunter, WR, Notre Dame Hunter got some playing time in 2002, but he never latched on as an impact-player in the future. He finished his Ravens’ career with just five catches for 25 yards. He registered just 12 games in the league and unfortunately is best remembered by former teammates not so much for his skills on the gridiron but rather as a good basketball player. GRADE: D+

2002 (207) Chester Taylor, RB, Toledo The Ravens third sixth-rounder didn’t disappoint, as the team found a nice back with this selection. In Taylor’s four seasons, he compiled over 1,500 yards and averaged 4.3 yards per carry. No, he wasn’t able to produce elite running back numbers, but he carried a nice load for a late sixth round selection who eventually enjoyed a 10 year NFL career. GRADE: B+

2002 (209) Chad Williams, DB, Southern Mississippi Williams was a productive player considering he was taken so late in the sixth. In four seasons with the Ravens, he picked off eight passes, returning three to the house! He had 4.5 sacks and was a stout tackler. He was a strong presence in the secondary for four years and for a pick outside of the top-200, it’s safe to say the team got a good one here. GRADE: B

2003 (182) Gerome Sapp, S, Notre Dame Sapp had three seasons in the purple in black (2003, 2005, 2006), picking up 40 tackles and two sacks in a few games, but just one start according to Pro Football Reference. Sapp traveled to Indianapolis after his rookie season in Baltimore, but would later return, finishing up his brief NFL career. GRADE: C+

2004 (187) Josh Harris, QB, Bowling Green Harris didn’t turn out to be a Tom Brady-esque QB selection here as he never made the Ravens roster. He did go on to have a career in the CFL, but his NFL days never got kick-started. GRADE: D

2004 (195) Clarence Moore, WR, Northern Arizona The small-school wide-out had a nice rookie season (24 catches, four touchdowns), but he couldn’t deliver consistently and as a result his career in Baltimore was short-lived. In 2005 and 2006, he had just five grabs for 60 yards. The former track star didn’t have a long NFL career as he didn’t play for any other teams during his brief NFL stay. GRADE: C+

2005 (213) Derek Anderson, QB, Oregon State Despite being a sleeper prospect in the 2005 Draft, Anderson didn’t find a spot on the Ravens roster. He was released before getting to step on the field. Fortunately for Anderson, the Cleveland Browns saw something they liked, signing him and paying him to, well, do whatever those Cleveland QBs do. He currently has the dreaded career stat-line of more interceptions than touchdowns. GRADE: C+

2006 (203) Sam Koch, P, Nebraska It’s very rare to say that a punter was one of the team’s best selections, but that might just be the case here. Koch has been a mainstay for the Ravens and picking up a Super Bowl ring in the process. The Nebraska alum has the potential to stick around Charm City for a few more years as his play has been way above average. GRADE: B+

2006 (208) Derrick Martin, CB, Wyoming Martin has two Super Bowl victories, just not with the Ravens. Despite standing out in his 2007 season that included two interceptions, he couldn’t latch on with the Ravens in the secondary. Martin is still playing, but he’s carrying the role of a journeyman as he’s on his 5th team at just 28 years of age. GRADE: C+

2007 (207) Prescott Burgess, LB, Michigan Although the Ravens had high-hopes for the former Wolverine, injury troubles limited Burgess’ production in Baltimore. He carried mainly a backup role during his second round in Baltimore, keeping the coaching staff comfortable with the depth chart. For a late compensatory pick, the Ravens could have done a whole lot worse here. He finished his Ravens career with just below 40 total tackles, no sacks, forced fumbles, or interceptions. GRADE: C+

2008 (206) Haruki Nakamura, S, Cincinnati Although he was mainly a special teams ace, Nakamura did contribute defensive play in his four years with the Ravens. He played in some spot-start games and was an average option for the team’s secondary. He’s had a brief stint with the Carolina Panthers before landing on the free agent market, where he currently resides. GRADE: C+

2009 (185) Cedric Peerman, RB, Virginia The Ravens took a chance on Peerman after his blazing fast 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. Despite making a run in pre-season and training camp, he never made the team’s roster. He has spent time around the AFC North with stints with the Browns and Bengals, where he currently holds a spot on the roster. GRADE: C

2010 (194) Ramon Harewood, OT, Morehouse Harewood’s size intrigued the Ravens, but a pair of knee injuries kept his career in Baltimore short. Last season, the team waived him after ultimately realizing that they couldn’t keep waiting and hoping for a breakout. Currently, he’s tucked away on the Denver Broncos’ roster, where he is rehabbing those injury-prone knees. GRADE: C-

2011 (180) Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech This is a tricky one to grade. Everyone knows the story of Taylor, and while he’s been a viable backup, it’s a good thing the team has never had to use him. The rumors of possibly drafting a new backup in a few weeks speaks volumes to the potential of Taylor leading the Ravens offense. While he’s done his “job” as the backup, the Ravens are probably very happy they’ve never been forced to use him. GRADE: C

2012 (198) Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami The Ravens fell in love with Streeter’s speed, but his practice performance clearly didn’t catch the eye of the team. He stuck around for a bit, but the team ultimately didn’t opt to keep a spot for him as they waived him during cuts in the preseason last year. He’s currently a member of the re-building Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. Perhaps the Ravens should have listened to Ed Reed when he suggested they pass on the former Hurricane. GRADE: D

2013 (200) Kapron Lewis-Moore, DL, Notre Dame It’s a bit too early to grade, but Lewis-Moore might be a very solid pickup moving forward. Many draft experts had him rated high before his injury at Notre Dame – the Ravens took him because of the low-risk, high-reward potential. The defensive line depth chart needs to be strong heading into 2014…it’s possible that Lewis-Moore finds his way onto the field if an injury occurs. His senior year with Notre Dame was a big one as he compiled 40 tackles and six sacks. He was credited with nine QB hurries. GRADE: INCOMPLETE

2013 (203) Ryan Jensen, OL, Colorado State-Pueblo The Ravens will utilize Jensen for much-needed depth on the interior of the offensive line heading into the 2014 season. While a broken foot kept him back in his rookie campaign, Jensen looks to be a player that the coaching staff his high on. He’ll be an interesting player to track during training camp and the pre-season. It’s been said of Jensen that if you see a fight during training camp, there’s a good chance this former Thunderwolf is involved. GRADE: INCOMPLETE

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  1. Cheri on said:

    Joe I enjoy these list you put together.I am sure it’s time consuming.
    First of all, I remembered at the time for some reason just loving the Cornell Brown pick in 97 and loving the A. Thomas pick in 2000.I just remember thinking how I thought those 2 picks were a STEAL in the 6th round and these two just stand out to me.Esp. when I saw Thomas at Southern Miss play Chris Redman’s Louisville team and he hit Chris so hard that he busted up his face and he needed stitches and this is with a helmet on. lol. Also Joe, you are too kind on your grades the guys you gave D’s to would have been F’s for me..
    In closing ,I believe I said this about every round you did these things Ozzie sure as hell has a week spot when it comes to drafting WR’s he bombs on like every round. Outside of Torry NOTHING.
    I believe this has to do with him not drafting that many WR’s over the years high enough, maybe he even knows this and thus he tries to avoid taking WR’s early knowing he hasn’t done well in that area and choses to go the vet route, like Mason, Houz, Bolden, Evans, Stokley S.Smith etc. etc. etc.

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