The 10 Biggest Ravens Draft Busts
The Baltimore Ravens are considered one of the best drafting teams. There is no perfect drafting team; the Ravens have their share of draft day mistakes. Today we focus on the 10 draft busts in Ravens history.
Before I reveal the list, let me give you my definition of a draft bust. A draft bust is a player drafted in rounds 1-4 who had high expectations, but failed to meet them. The caveat to this is that injuries that prevent a player from getting a sufficient chance prevents the draft bust label. Players such as Dan Cody and Sergio Kindle had injuries that prevented them from getting their fair shot. We will never really know what they could have done and therefore cannot label them a draft bust. With that in mind here are the Ravens draft day busts:
10.) Ed Dickson TE (3rd round 70th selection): Ed Dickson never really reached his full potential. He had one decent season in 2011 where he caught 5 touchdown passes from Joe Flacco. But Dennis Pitta (who was drafted in the 4th round the same year) became the main tight end. Dickson figured to finally step up to his full potential in 2013, when Pitta missed most of the season due to a hip injury. Dickson failed to take advantage of this opportunity, ending his time in Baltimore with disappointment.
9.) Mark Clayton, WR (2005 22nd overall selection) Clayton was supposed to give the Ravens some star power at wide receiver. Clayton was not awful, however he wildly failed to be what Baltimore envisioned. He is probably best known for his dropped pass in a regular season game against New England that cost the Ravens the game.
8.) Yamon Figurs WR (2007, 3rd round 74th overall pick): Figurs had blazing speed but not much else. He was a decent kick returner but did not produce much as a wide receiver. You want more from a 3rd round pick.
7.) Tavares Gooden LB (2008 3rd round 71st overall selection) The Ravens were searching for the next great Ravens linebacker. Gooden was athletic and looked the part, but he just could not produce satisfactory results on the field.
6.) Devard Darling WR (3rd round, 82nd selection overall): Darling was no starling (forgive the all to easy pun). The receiver was wildly unproductive. He only had 20 receptions as a Raven. Injury did not help his cause but he had a sufficient chance. He proved to be a bust.
5.) Patrick Johnson WR (1998 draft, 2nd round 42nd overall selection): Johnson was a major disappointment. He had moments of production but with spotty hands couldn’t be trusted.
4.) Jah Reid OT (2011, 3rd round, 84th overall selection): This training camp is probably the end of Jah Reid in Baltimore. He has been pretty bad when he actually got on the field. You expect more from a 3rd round selection.
3.) Kyle Boller QB (2003, 18th overall selection): Brian Billick fell in love with Kyle Boller for some reason unknown to sensible people. Boller was the on again off again starter for Baltimore for 5 years. He had every physical attribute a QB could want. However he was a bit of a deer in the headlights basket case. Boller would show flashes of brilliance but was pretty consistently awful. The Kyle Boller experiment set the Ravens backwards offensively.
2.) Jay Graham RB (1997 round 3 pick 64) Jay Graham never had a huge impact on the Ravens. In 3 seasons he only rushed for 408 yards and 2 touchdowns. Being relatively unproductive is a good way to be a bust.
1.) Travis Taylor WR (2000 10th overall selection): Travis Taylor was simply not a top 10 talent. He never produced what the Ravens thought he would. He was inconsistent and would drop the easy wide open passes. Of all the Ravens disappointing receiver selections, Taylor is probably the most frustrating.