By Brian Kalchik @BrianKalchik on March 31, 2014
For the Baltimore Ravens, the NFL Draft is a safe haven. Year after year, the Ravens continually get their draft picks right, which in turn has led them to become one of the most successful franchises in the past decade. Not every team is perfect and even the Ravens have had some bad picks in he draft.
Here now are the five biggest NFL Draft blunders in Baltimore Ravens history.
While Michael Oher was not a colossal bust as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, he wasn't an elite player either. The Ravens traded down in the draft to take the former Ole Miss product 23rd overall in 2009. Switching positions often, Oher was a solid player for the Ravens, but for a first-round offensive tackle, the production wasn't quite good enough. This offseason, the Ravens made no attempt to re-sign Oher and he went to Tennessee.
Injury concerns allowed Sergio Kindle to drop all the way to the Ravens at No. 43 overall. Unfortunately, those same injury concerns haunted Kindle. The former Texas Longhorn linebacker fractured his skull after falling down two flights of stairs in his first year with the Ravens. He was released in 2013 after only playing in three games in two seasons, and Kindle only recorded one tackle during his NFL career.
As a third-round pick, Chris Redman doesn't classify as the typical draft bust, but when you get selected over a sixth-round pick in Tom Brady, the bust label is warranted. As part of the Brady 6, Redman was one of the many flame-outs of the 2000 quarterback class. Redman only started six games as the Ravens quarterback throwing for only 1,100 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. The Ravens' quarterback play struggled up until 2006.
If the Ravens selected the Mark Clayton who played for the Miami Dolphins in the 1980s, this would have been a great pick, but the 2000s Mark Clayton was a disappointment. In five years with the Ravens, Clayton failed to produce a single 1,000-yard receiving season and only scored 12 touchdowns. These would be good numbers for a fourth or fifth-round pick, but Clayton was the 22nd overall pick In 2005.
Continuing the theme of bad quarterback play, Baltimore's selection of Kyle Boller with the 19th overall pick in 2003 ranks as the worst blunder in Ravens draft history. In two of his five seasons with the team, Boller threw more interceptions than touchdowns, had zero 3,000-yard passing seasons and zero seasons with more than 15 touchdown passes. The Ravens had to bring in Steve McNair in 2006 to offset the failures of Boller.
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