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Ozzie's Draft Tales: 3rd Round

We will be looking over the history of the Baltimore Ravens' draft picks one round at a time. Today we are looking over the 3rd round and selecting any player that had been a regular contributor for the Ravens over the years. Of the 16 players drafted in the third round 3 found success wearing Raven uniforms. Personally I struggled with these players, with what means success and contribution as a 3rd round selections. The 3rd round is within the first 100 players, but the expectations are lowered obviously. I tried my best here but the players numbers/stats were difficult to help prove contributions towards the team.

Marshal Yanda - Guard - Iowa - 2007

Drafted 86th overall was a future bright spot for the Ravens. Marshal Yanda, a right guard who excelled in every aspect the Ravens could ask for. Marshal is an 'anything for the team' kind of player who is willing to attempt lining up as a tackle to help in any way possible. He is a player who will line up at tackle if need be even with him being small at 6'3" and 300 pounds. When placed in a guard position Yanda has proven to be top five with three consecutive appearances in the pro bowl. The Ravens struggled all year in 2013 with a very weak offensive line and Marshal did his best to anchor the team with his pro-bowl talent. A very big highlight play is Yanda completely sealing off Ndamukong Suh, and once more protecting Joe Cool in the background. Yanda is still with the Ravens and currently started every game since 2010.

Lardarius Webb - Defensive Back - Nicholls St. - 2009

Being drafted from a small school means that Ozzie sees something worth taking, and that something was Lardarius Webb. Webb was a very talented DB who played multiple positions in high school and college. In his first game at Nicholls State playing defensive back, Webb intercepted three passes and one of them for a score. After being drafted 88th overall, Webb managed to take the starting kick return specialist job in week five, and week eight Lardarius took one kick off against Denver 95 yards to the house. Unfortunately, Webb had become injured in week fifteen with a torn ACL and missed the rest of his rookie season. Skipping through the years Webb made huge progressions into starting corner for the Ravens, and was following star wideouts. In 2011 Webb had locked down receivers and was the only starting corner to not allow a touchdown. Leading his team in interceptions, he was being spoken with pro-bowl whispers but unfortunatley never came about. When the post season hit, Lardarius picked off another 3 passes, racking up a total of eight on the year. In 2012, Webb had torn his other ACL in the same game Ray Lewis had torn his tricep giving seemingly terrible news to the Baltimore defense, until winning the Super Bowl the same year.

Bernard Pierce - Running back - Temple - 2012

Now I know this is a close one, because I'm really stretching the word "contributing" but Bernard has played a very good role as second string running back. Bernard is a more pure runner and hard hitter than what the Ravens have with Ray Rice. In his two years as back up, Pierce has a little over 1100 yards. While it isn't tremendous, the Ravens' abysmal line and simple play calling allowed these backs to get any room to run and make a play in the secondaries. Pierce is a strong player and I have faith he will play hard in a Kubiak offense and show up with some better numbers than the previous two years.

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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