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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
AFC North: Revisiting the Ravens' 2005 draft

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

This is the first of a three-day series examining drafts for each AFC North team over the past three years. The NFL draft is one of the biggest reasons some teams are more successful and talented than others. Grades are based on performance, where players were picked (too high, too low) and whether they remain with their original team.

Today we start with the 2005 draft and the Baltimore Ravens:

Baltimore Ravens: 2005 Draft
Rd.PickPlayerPos.School
1.22Mark ClaytonWROklahoma
2.53Dan CodyLBOklahoma
2.64Adam TerryTSyracuse
4.124Jason BrownCNorth Carolina
5.158Justin GreenRBMontana
6.213Derek AndersonQBOregon State
7.234Mike SmithLBTexas Tech

Analysis: This was not a banner year for Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, who is highly-regarded as one of the best in the business. There is a player on this list that sticks out, and it's sixth-rounder Derek Anderson, who is the best player in this class and the only Pro Bowler thus far. The problem is Anderson is thriving with the rival Cleveland Browns, and the Ravens are still taking heat for allowing that to happen. Mark Clayton has been decent, but not what you'd expect from a first rounder, and second-round pick Dan Cody has been hurt all of his career. The two offensive linemen -- Adam Terry and Jason Brown -- were good value picks.

Grade: C-

Next is a look at the Cincinnati Bengals.