First, I'm not running for the front page writer. I'm just writing this because I feel like it.
Our weirdest draft class: 2011
Here's why. Think about our recent drafts. We usually do any of these three things in the first round: Get solid starters (Michael Oher), the occasional star (Joe Flacco), or we trade out. In round 2 we get decent starters (Courtney Upshaw and Kelechi Osemele) and an occasional steal (Ray Rice). We also tend to miss on a lot more of those picks then we should (Terrence Cody, Sergio Kindle, and Paul Kruger to some extent). Our 3rd round success has been good recently (Bernard Pierce, Ed Dickson, Lardarius Webb). And the 4th round and on has put on some good (Dennis Pitta) and of course some not so good (Marcus Smith).
The 2011 draft has been way different. Jimmy Smith was our 1st rounder that year. I specifically remember an expert saying something along the lines of, "He could be a steal because if he loses the off field problems, he could be better than Patrick Peterson." I don't know about him, but I prefer Peterson right now. Our first rounders are usually good, but Jimmy has not impressed. We had missed on 2 second rounders the year before(We didn't know because Cody did decent his rookie year and Kindle had a freak accident), but we hit a bulls-eye with Torrey Smith. He is the best receiver on our roster. Jah Reid has not turned out well so far. Again, usually our 3rd's are good and our seconds aren't the best. Again, this isn't our worst draft class ever, this is just the weirdest. Some say we got a 2nd-3rd round talent in Tandon Doss, but he obviously hasn't been very good here. He made us sign Brandon Stokely, a 36 year old. We probably had the best 5th round in our franchise history that year. We got Pernell McPhee, a good situational rusher. We also got the CB who is playing more like a 1st round pick then Jimmy Smith, Chykie Brown. Tyrod Taylor always has seemd like a decent backup, so not a bad round 6 pick. In the 7th round, a good special teamer is a good pick. That's why the Anthony Allen pick was a good one.
Now the recap. I've never seen a draft like 2011 before. We hit on a decent amount of those picks. It's just not the picks we expected to hit on.