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Confidence Boost: Top 10 Guys Drafted In Every Round for the last 5 years

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#1 mgridda



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:08 AM

Here's a confidence Boost for us Raven's fans going into the draft. The guys at Pro Football Focus (who grade every player, on every play) took the effort of writing a few articles about the draft. They decided on naming the "top 10 players of the __ round of the draft" For (at least so far) the 2nd - 5th rounds from 2008 - 2012. Well, it just so happens that we got a new HC that year and I sort of see our front office as having stayed the same since then, with the addition of John Harbaugh it was like the beginning of an era. So it's a natural starting point, and also: We're the only team that has a player in their top 10 in rounds 3-5.
So maybe Oz, Eric and the boys don't hit on every pick, in every round, in every draft. But it seems like every year we get a special guy. Here are the Ravens on those top 10 lists:
5th Round (actually has two players) - https://www.profootb...icks-2008-2012/

7. Pernell McPhee, Baltimore Ravens: No. 165 overall, 2011

An excellent stretch in the middle of Pernell McPhee’s rookie year fueled a fantastic finish as our fourth-rated defensive tackle in 2011. With results not far from those produced by known standout Geno Atkins, McPhee’s disruptive upfield ability earned him the top spot in our Pass Rushing Productivity rating and he graded second only to Atkins as a pass rusher (McPhee: +21.3; Atkins: +23.2), doing so in roughly half the snaps. McPhee’s 2012 was marred by injury and added pounds, but he pulled things together in time to have a positive part-time impact on Baltimore’s title run.


10. Arthur Jones, Baltimore Ravens: No. 157 overall, 2010

The second young Raven defensive lineman on this list found his stride in the second half of 2012 after nondescript, limited-snap contributions in his first two seasons. Jones’ 10-week run from Week 12 through the Super Bowl produced an impressive line: an overall grade of +10.6, six sacks, seven QB hits, 10 hurries, and 19 stops. Expected to play a larger role in Baltimore’s new-look defense – possibly even in some sort of split with McPhee – Jones gave a glimpse of his potential.

4th Round - https://www.profootb...icks-2008-2012/

10. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens, No. 114 Overall, 2010

Drafted one spot behind him, it’s appropriate that Dennis Pitta has seen similar success, albeit on a smaller scale, to Aaron Hernandez. He might not be worth much as a blocker but, as was witnessed down the stretch in the Ravens’ Super Bowl winning run, he’s a great target for quarterback Joe Flacco, with 109 yards and two touchdowns from the slot in the postseason alone. Season 2012 was also his worst in terms of dropped passes but, with just five in his three-year career so far, he’s a more than solid pair on hands in Baltimore.

3rd Round - https://www.profootb...icks-2008-2012/

7. Lardarius Webb, Baltimore Ravens: No. 88 overall, 2009

Webb had to patiently wait for his opportunity in the NFL, as he came off the bench as a nickel cornerback for his first two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. But a +7.9 grade in four career starts, and a +11.9 grade overall, foreshadowed his future excellence. When he was finally made a starter, he proved to be one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks of the 2011 season. He finished fourth at his position in the regular season with a +16.0 grade, and then added a brilliant effort against the Houston Texans in the playoffs, when he grabbed two interceptions and allowed just one completion for 19 yards on seven targets. Including the playoffs, the 42.0 QB Rating on throws into his coverage was the lowest allowed by any cornerback in the NFL. His 2012 season was cut short with a knee injury, but the healthy return of one of the league’s best cornerbacks could make all of the Ravens’ drama this offseason seem like a distant memory.

Edited by berad, 25 April 2013 - 07:22 AM.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 07:59 AM

this looks really good and with the amount of picks we got this year, we're bound to find a couple of diamonds in the rough somewhere mid-round

#3 Blackbirds Rule

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 08:34 AM

We do draft very well in the later rounds and early rounds which I don't think any other team does as consistent as us. Seattle was also listed as a team in the 3-5 rounds as having at least a player. Miami was close it seems they can draft from the 4th round on but not as good in 1-3.

Edited by Blackbirds Rule, 25 April 2013 - 08:35 AM.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 08:56 AM

I like Ozzie's track record.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:21 PM

I can't wait to see Webb back on this defense.