Top Five Worst Ravens Draft Picks Of All Time

Posted on March 03, 2014 by Phil Gentile

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5. Travis Taylor, 1st Round (2000)

He played five seasons here in Baltimore, recording 204 receptions and 15 touchdowns. Hardly numbers indicative of a 1st round talent. Taylor was a huge disappointment and the first in a long line of failed wide receiver picks for the Ravens. After leaving Baltimore he had 107 catches for the Vikings over a two year span.....before being involved in the infamous "love boat" scandal.

Impact players taken after Taylor: DE John Abraham, RB Shaun Alexander, QB Tom Brady


4. Mark Clayton, 1st Round Pick (2005)

The Oklahoma standout caught 234 passes during his time with the Ravens. Unfortunately, Clayton will be forever known more for his dropped passes than the ones he actually caught.

Impact players taken after Clayton: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Roddy White, TE Heath Miller


3. Kyle Boller, 1st Round Pick (2003)


Ok Boller was bad. REALLY bad but we have to remember he was the Ravens starting quarterback for five years, albeit with limited success. The team did little to surround him with offensive talent despite the presence of one of the best defenses in the league. When Brian Billick was shown the door in 2008 Boller wasn't far behind. As big of a draft bust as he was I'll never forget the game Boller thew four touchdowns against the NY Giants in 2004 while Kurt Warner and Eli Manning combined for zero touchdowns and two interceptions. I thought that was the beginning of the Boller Era in Baltimore but it was actually one of the few bright spots of a lackluster career.

Impact players taken after Boller: RB Larry Johnson, CB Charles Tillman, WR Anquan Boldin, DE Osi Umenyiora, DE Robert Mathis


2. Dan Cody, 2nd Round Pick (2005)

I had such high hopes for Dan Cody, the standout Oklahoma linebacker took in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He was diagnosed with depression during his time at Oklahoma but the Ravens took a chance on him. He got hurt on his first day of training camp that year and the injuries just continued until the Ravens released him in August 2008. 

Impact players taken after Cody: WR Vincent Jackson, RB Frank Gore, DE Justin Tuck, G Evan Mathis


1. Sergio Kindle 2nd Round Pick (2010)

One. Een. Uno.  That's how many career tackles Kindle had as a member of the Ravens. The team took a gamble on the 2nd rounder, who was projected as a 1st round talent until injury concerns and off-field arrests caused his value to fall. Speaking of falling, that's exactly what Sergio Kindle did down the stairs of his Austin, TX home before his first training camp in Baltimore. He was diagnosed with severe head trauma and never made any impact whatsoever.

Impact players taken after Kindle: TE Jimmy Graham, WR Eric Decker, LB Sean Lee, LB NaVorro Bowman

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