The Ravens' Top Five Draft Busts
By Matt Zenitz
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has built quite a resume during the past 15 years. But while players such as Jonathan Ogden, Ray Lewis, Peter Boulware, Todd Heap and Ed Reed, among others, have all gone on to become consistent Pro-Bowl level performers, Newsome and the Ravens' scouting department have also had their fair share of misses in the NFL draft.
Here's the top five Ravens' draft busts.
1. Kyle Boller, California
first round (19th overall), 2003
The Ravens drafted Boller, an impressive physical talent with a huge arm, to be their franchise quarterback in 2003, but he posted mediocre numbers -- 45 touchdowns, 44 interceptions, 19 lost fumbles and a 57 percent completion percentage -- during his five years in Baltimore. He never won, or even started, a playoff game before being released after the 2008 season.
2. Dan Cody, Oklahoma
second round (53rd overall), 2005
A tenacious and productive pass rusher in college, Cody never got a chance to replicate that success at the NFL level because various injuries -- beginning with a torn ACL suffered during the first day of training camp during his rookie season -- completely derailed his career. He played in only two games with the Ravens before being released in 2008, notching just one tackle.
3. Travis Taylor, Florida
first round (10th overall), 2000
Taylor showed flashes during his time in Baltimore, but never developed into anywhere near the dynamic No. 1 target the Ravens envisioned when they drafted him with the 10th overall pick in 2000. Before being released after the 2004 season, Taylor had recorded 42 catches or fewer, 632 yards or less and three touchdowns or fewer during four of his five seasons in Baltimore.
4. Patrick Johnson, Oregon
second round (42nd overall), 1998
The former Oregon track star never saw his speed translate into success at the NFL level, failing to catch more than 29 passes during any of his seven NFL seasons. He finished with 15 catches or fewer as well as 187 yards or less during six of those seven years, five of which were spent in Baltimore (1998-2001, 2005)
5. Paul Kruger, Utah
second round (57th overall), 2009
The jury is still out on Kruger, but the former second-round pick has had no impact whatsoever during his first two years in Baltimore and has shown no signs of that changing at any time soon. He posted only one tackle all of last season, although it did result in the first sack of his career, after tallying just 11 tackles as a rookie.
Issue 159: March 2011