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Thursday, July 17, 2008
AFC North: Revisiting the Ravens' 2007 draft

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

This is the final installment of a three-day series examining drafts for each AFC North team over the past three years. Grades are based on performance, where players were picked (too high, too low) and whether they remain with their original team.

Thursday we move onto the 2007 draft and start with the Baltimore Ravens. Here were their selections:

Baltimore Ravens: 2007 Draft
Rd.PickPlayerPos.School
1.29Ben GrubbsGAuburn
3.74Yamon FigursWRKansas State
3.86Marshal Yanda TIowa
4.134Antwan Barnes LBFlorida International
4.137Le'Ron McClainFBAlabama
5.174Troy Smith QBOhio State
6.207Prescott BurgessLBMichigan
Sup.-Jared GaitherTMaryland

Analysis: The Ravens addressed their offensive line by taking three linemen who contributed right away. Ben Grubbs, Marshal Yanda and Jared Gaither are all good, young linemen whom the Ravens will rely upon. Fifth-round pick Troy Smith saw action in four games as a rookie and has a chance to win the starting quarterback job in his second season. Yamon Figurs is exciting in the return game and Antwan Barnes has shown some flashes of ability as a rookie.

Grade: B

Next we look at the Cincinnati Bengals.