10-year anniversary of Ravens' worst draft

April, 24, 2014
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It's the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 draft. It's one that the Baltimore Ravens want to forget.

On April 24 and 25, 2004, the Ravens put together the worst draft class in their history. The Ravens took defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, wide receiver Devard Darling and linebacker Roderick Green with their first three picks. This ended the Ravens' eight-year streak of drafting at least one Pro Bowl player.

The problems with the 2004 draft class actually started a year earlier. The Ravens didn't have a first-round pick in 2004 because they traded it to the New England Patriots to move back in the first round of the 2003 draft to take quarterback Kyle Boller. The Patriots used that first-round pick to select nose tackle Vince Wilfork, a five-time Pro Bowl player.

In 2004, Baltimore had targeted safety Bob Sanders in the second round, but the Indianapolis Colts selected him seven picks before the Ravens were on the clock. The Ravens eventually used the 51st overall pick on defensive tackle Edwards, a serviceable player who didn't become a full-time starter until his fourth year in the league.

The only other picks of significance were wide receiver Clarence Moore and guard Brian Rimpf. Moore was a sixth-round selection who caught four touchdowns as a rookie but only one the rest of his NFL career. Rimpf, the Ravens' last pick in this draft, started seven games in 2005 when Keydrick Vincent was injured.

In that draft, the Ravens also traded a fourth-round pick to Jacksonville for wide receiver Kevin Johnson. That move didn't work out because Johnson caught 35 passes in his only year in Baltimore.

Two players in this draft -- quarterback Josh Harris (sixth round) and wide receiver Derek Abney (seventh round) -- never played a game for the Ravens. In total, the seven drafted players made 39 career starts for the Ravens.

This was the Ravens' biggest stumble after drafting the likes of Jonathan Ogden, Ray Lewis, Peter Boulware, Jamal Lewis, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs in previous drafts.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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