Here is a definitive critique of Ozzie’s draft’s starting with the ’96 draft.
Jonathon Ogden- Hall of Famer
Ray Lewis- Hall of Famer
DeRon Jenkins- So-so
Jermaine Lewis- Critical SuperBowl component
Dexter Daniels- Who?
James Roe- A step below DeRon
Jon Stark- A Dexter Daniels wannabe…
In summary: 2 HoF’ers, 1 critical SuperBowl component, 1 FTE combination of competent players. 4 out of 7 hits.
Peter Boulware- Perennial All-Pro
Jamie Sharper- Just like Jermaine Lewis, just not as flashy…
Kim Herring- Competent starter
Jay Graham- Meh…
Tyrus McCloud- Who?
Jeff Mitchell- Competent starter
Steve Lee- Who?
Cornell Brown- Competent player
Chris Ward- Who?
Wally Richardson- Yes, I do remember, but barely registers…
Ralph Staten- Ack!
Leland Taylor- Who?
In summary: 1 Perennial All-Pro, 1 critical SuperBowl component, 3 competent starters/players. 5 out of 12 hits.
Duane Starks- Critical SuperBowl component
Patrick Johnson- Such a tease
Ryan Sutter- Who?
Martin Chase- Meh…
Ron Rogers- Who?
Sammy Williams- See Martin Chase
Cam Quayle- David Modell’s finest pick… The story: the Ravens had the absolute last pick in the ’98 draft AKA “Mr. Irrelevant”. As a goof, they decided to let David Modell make the pick. Now, how many times have NFL teams caught lightening in a bottle with sixth round, seventh round and UDFA’s? Enough that you do not waste a pick like this…
In summary: 1 critical SuperBowl component, 1 competent starter, combination 1 FTE competent players. 3 out of 7 hits.
Chris McAlister- Perennial All-Pro who at one point was arguably the best shutdown corner in the NFL; otherwise the consummate #2 shutdown corner behind some guy in Denver named “Champ” or something...
Brandon Stokely- See Patrick Johnson
Edwin Mulitalo- Competent starter
Anthony Pointdexter- Competent player
In summary: 1 perennial All-Pro, 3 competent starters/players. 4 out of 4 hits.
Jamal Lewis- Almost Hall of Fame. Almost.
Travis Taylor- Starting to see a pattern here with Patrick Johnson, Brandon Stokely and Travis Taylor…
Chris Redman- Competent player. Tragic case of really bad luck overall.
Richard Mercier: Who? And thus ends Ozzie’s run of seven straight good to outright spectacular draft picks going back to last year’s draft.
Adalius Thomas- Perennial Pro-Bowler
Cedric Woodard- Who?
In summary: 2 perennial Pro-Bowlers, 2 competent starts/players. 4 out of 6 hits.
Todd Heap- For awhile, one of the best
Gary Baxter- Competent player
Casey Rabach- Competent player
Edgerton Hartwell- Competent player
Chris Barnes- Who?
Joe Maese- Competent starter
Dwayen Missouri- Who?
In summary, 1 Pro-bowler, 4 competent starters/players. 5 out of 7 hits.
Ed Reed- Hall of Famer
Anthony Weaver- So-so
Dave Zastudil- Competent starter
Ron Johnson- Who?
Terry Jones- Meh…
Jarvin Hunter- See Ron Johnson
Chester Taylor- Competent player
Chad Williams- Meh…
Wes Pate- Okay, really, who?
In summary: 1 HoF’er, (being generous) 3 FTE competent starters/players. Call it 4 out of 9 hits –being quite generous…
Terrell Suggs- Perennial All-Pro
Kyle Boller- ‘nuff said
Musa Smith- Competent player
Jarret Johnson- Jury still out (injuries), for now let us say competent starter –could go either way
Ovie Mugheli- Meh…
Aubrayo Franklin- See Ovie…
Tony Pashos- See Aubrayo…
Gerome Sapp- See Tony…
Trent Smith- Who?
Mike Murphy- Really, who?
Antoine Sanders- No, really, who?
In summary: 1 perennial All-Pro, 2 competent starters/players and 1 maddening, all of the talent in the world, yet not the head to match… 4 out of 11 hits.
2004 (might want to skip to ’05 as ’04 was pretty ugly…):
Dwan Edwards- Meh…
Devard Darling- Meh…
Roderick Green- Who?
Josh Harris- Who?
Clarence Moore- Meh…
Derek Abney- Who?
Brian Rimpf- Meh…
In summary: I am probably going to lose all credibility by giving Ozzie credit for one Full Time Equivalent okay player… (maybe) 1 hit out of 7. Obviously Ozzie’s worse and the only one without a first rounder, which probably had something to do with this class going down in flames… And a run of FOURTEEN straight duds going back to last year’s draft. One would think somewhere along the line ONE of the fourteen would have hit…
Mark Clayton- And Ozzie ends his horrible run with a player that is starting to give Ravens fans visions of Patrick Johnson, Brandon Stokely, Travis Taylor et al. But the jury is still out on Mark, and I will be very generous and say competent player
Dan Cody- Meh (and that is being nice)…
Adam Terry- Competent player
Jason Brown- Competent starter (even for the ridiculous money, still hated to see him go)…
Justin Green- See Dan Cody
Derek Anderson- Competent player (ironically is/was of more value to a team other than the Ravens)
Mike Smith- See Justin Green
In summary: 4 competent starters/players. 4 out of 7 hits
Haloti Ngata- Perennial Pro-Bowler
Chris Chester- Competent player
Demetrius Williams- For now, a competent player. I know I will catch flack for calling him that and he could very easily go either way (even more so that Jarret Johnson) as the jury is still out on him.
PJ Daniels- Meh…
Quinn Sypniewski- Competent player. Again, because of injuries I do not know if the jury is ready ot return a verdict yet on him. So we will keep him here for now.
In summary: 1 Perennial Pro-Bowler, 3 competent players/starters. 4 out of 5 hits.
2007: (the last year I am grading as we are getting to the point where it is too early in many of these guys’ careers to render a decision)
Ben Grubbs- Competent starter
Yamon Figurs- Competent player (see Demetrius Williams)
Marshall Yanda- Competent player
Antwan Barnes- Jury still out
Le’Ron McClain- Pro-Bowler
Troy Smith- Competent player
Prescott Burgess- Jury still out
Jarred Gaither- Competent starter. Am including him here , even though he was the 2007 supplemental draft. Ravens gave up a 2008 5th rounder- kind of like trading a future draft pick to move up in the current draft, ergo the inclusion here.
In summary: 1 Pro-Bowler, 5 competent starters/players, plus I am willing to bet 1 additional competent player out of the combination of Barnes and Burgess. Call it 7 out of 8 hits.
So, you may ask yourself, which was his best effort? Was it ’96 with two future residents of Canton? Interestingly, 2007 could be ultimately the best as it appears Ozzie has hit on 7 of 8: three potential career OL fixtures in Grubbs, Yanda and Gaither, Barnes could be the Next Great Ravens Linebacker, Le’Ron has already greatly exceeded expectations, who knows how high Troy Smith’s career goes, if not here then elsewhere. But I would argue that the best drafting job Ozzie did was in ’99 when he hit on 4 out of 4. He maximized out of so little to work with: only four picks but he did the best he could, with each pick. And it is a shame about McAlister because if he had handled himself differently, we might be talking about him like we do Ed Reed –he was that talented. Mulitalo was a pretty solid if not spectacular guard for several years; Stokely and Pointdexter certainly had their moments when they contributed greatly, especially during the magical season of 2000. Not too shabby for only having four picks…
It is obvious ’04 was the worse for Ozzie. Here is a list of players drafted after the Ravens first pick of 2004. Since I am a believer of Chaos Theory, I submit that we can only realistically say one of them could have been a Raven, as by the Ravens not drafting Dwan Edwards, who is to say how Dwan Edwards remaining available would have changed teams’ boards, caused/or not caused other drafting movement, etc: Antwan Odom DE Bengals, Darnell Dockett DT Cardinals, Nick Hardwick C Chargers (although one could argue we then do not draft Jason Brown in ’05), Max Starks OT Steelers (if we draft him instead of Pittsburgh that would have had an interesting ripple effect for the 2008 season…), Bernard Berrian WR Vikings, Chris Cooley TE Redskins, Sean Locklear OL Seahawks, Matt Schaub QB Texans (which may have affected who drafts Joe Cool :) ), Shaun Phillips DE Chargers, Jerricho Cothery WR Jets, to name just a few. Any one of these would have greatly improved the Ravens 2004 draft.
It is hard to say how these stack up to other teams as I do not know other teams as well as the Ravens. I believe one could say Ozzie did a very good job in ’96, ’99 and ’07; a good job in ’97, ’00, ’01, ’02, ‘06; an okay job in ’03, ‘05; a not so great job in ’98 and ‘04; -but I really do not have a good metric to go by. If you go by my grades, eight good to great drafts, with four marginal to ugly drafts; and he is “hitting” on slightly better than 50% of his picks- 49 out of 90 by my count –again, not sure how that measures up to other teams. This, of course, does not take into account UDFA’s such as Bart Scott, Priest Holmes, et al.