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Ozzie's Draft Tales: 6th Round

We will be looking over the history of the Baltimore Ravens' draft picks one round at a time. Today we are onto the 6th round and listing out any pick that had been a regular contributor for the Ravens over the years.

We will be looking over the history of the Baltimore Ravens' draft picks one round at a time. Today we are picking up with the 6th round, and glossing over any drafted member who contributed to the team regularly. Of the 24 picks the Ravens have selected in the sixth round, I have found four who can be labeled as regular contributors. Baltimore has accomplished mild success with the sixth round for a younger franchise.

Adalius Thomas - Linebacker/Defensive End - Southern Miss - 2000

Adalius was a very talented LB/DE when playing for Southern Miss after his senior season of and accruing his second Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, third team All-American, and Liberty Bowl MVP. Being drafted in 2000 clearly means he was fighting for any chance to take the field with the powerhouse defense of the Ravens. In Thomas' rookie season he was inactive for 12 games. In 2001 the Ravens had him starting in special teams, and playing defensive end. The next two years continued until 2003 when Adalius was selected to the Pro-Bowl for his Special Teams talent. By 2005 he was labeled the starting outside linebacker and put a stat line of 84 tackles and 9 sacks. The Ravens also had been shuffling him into a corner back situationally and he also acquired 3 forced fumbles, two interceptions. In 2005 Adalius had also led the league in non-offensive touchdowns after returning 3 turnovers into touchdowns. Adalius didn't rest as the next year he pushed himself into first team All-Pro with over 100 tackles, 11 sacks, a safety, and a 57 yard scoop and score.

Joseph Maese - Long Snapper - New Mexico - 2001

The first pure long snapper drafted to the Ravens. Now the LS position is not a gawdy looking position but a vital part of the NFL. Joe was part of the kicking unit for Matt Stover. Joe played in 62 Baltimore games and actually managed 2 fumble recoveries, but the consistency of his long snapping carried into Matt Stover's All-Pro success.

Chester Taylor - Runningback - Toledo - 2002

A runningback from Toledo, and a helpful backup to star RB at the time Jamal Lewis. Chester a great compliment to Jamal's wrecking nature as he weighed 30 pounds less and allowed himself to be a little more shifty. With Jamal back off a season ending injury Chester was able to share a small part of the workload for the four years he played with Baltimore. In his four years Taylor rushed 373 rushes for 1599 yards and 105 receptions for 737 yards. A very good career while playing alongside Jamal Lewis.

Sam Koch - Punter - Nebraska - 2006

Another special team player taken has posted quite the Raven resume. Sam Koch, current punter now holds franchise records for punt yards (29,029), longest punt (74), and highest yards per punt average (44.8). Sam has contributed to one of the most intimidating moments in Raven history with first holding onto the fourth down snap and accepting the safety, but then punting the safety away with three seconds left to give San Francisco one final opportunity to score and with Super Bowl XLVII.

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