Although the Ravens are notably great at drafting talented football players, they have struggled at drafting successful wide receivers. From, 1996-2011 The Ravens have drafted 18 wide receivers. Only 3 out of the 18 have had successful careers thus far. Statistically speaking, if your position is wide receiver and you’re drafted by the Ravens, you have a 16% chance of having a “successful” NFL career and a 0% shot of making the pro bowl.
In regards to the Ravens overall success at drafting, here is some neat information. They have drafted 17 football players in the first round. Three are future HOFers, 10 have been pro-bowlers, and 14 of the 17 have had successful careers thus far. That means, if you get drafted by the ravens in the first round, you have an 82% chance of having a successful career and a 59% chance of making the pro bowl.
Once again, the Ravens are great at drafting talent, just not at the wide receiver position. Here are some of the gems we have wasted a draft pick on since 1996: James Roe, Patrick Johnson, Javin Hunter, Ron Johnson, Derek Abney, Clarence Moore, Devard Darling, Demetrius Williams, Yamon Figurs, Justin Harper and Marcus Smith. David Reed and Tandon Doss are yet to be determined, but have had VERY rocky starts. You could say Travis Taylor and Mark Clayton have been serviceable but I consider them busts since they were drafted in the 1st round. Brandon Stokley, Jermaine Lewis and so far Torrey Smith have had pretty successful careers.