With two more slots left in listing the Top Ten Biggest Draft Busts in Baltimore Ravens history, you should know who have "earned" these final two spaces in Ravens infamy. However, you might be a bit surprised who gets which spot on my list. So without any more delay, see why I have placed QB Kyle Boller as the second biggest draft bust in team history.
Boller was the 19th overall pick by the Ravens in the 2003 NFL Draft. The Ravens saw the strong-armed kid from the University of California, who was rumored to not only heave the ball 70 yards in the air, but could throw it through the goalposts from the 50-yard line while on his knees! While that may be quite an impressive feat, it certainly does determine the success of a QB in the NFL.
Boller is relegated to the second spot on this list, although there actually has been debate as to whether Boller should even be consider a draft bust at all. When you're a first round draft pick at QB, you are selected because you are thought to be the next franchise QB for your team. Boller was certainly not that, despite having every chance to succeed. Kyle played six years for the Ravens and eight so far in his ongoing NFL career, having thrown for over 8,000 yards and 48 TD passes. However, when you add in 51 interceptions and 39 fumbles (21 lost), you just have to wince in pain.
Boller never was able to lead the Ravens to the Super Bowl, despite having one of the best defenses in the NFL on the other side of the ball. Time and time again, he helped "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" as mistakes defined his tenure with the team Finally, after numerous epic fails and injuries, the team cut ties with Boller after the 2008 season.
He continues to stay in the league, having played with the St. Louis Rams in 2009, playing seven games, mostly due to the injury to starter and 2010 Ravens backup QB, Marc Bulger. He remains in a reserve role with the Oakland Raiders, although he only threw four passes in 2010, completing two to his receivers and one to the opposing defense (gee, what a surprise!).
In his personal life, he married the former Miss California, Carrie Prejean, in 2010 and the couple is currently expecting their first child. While he is currently succeeding in matrimony, his NFL career, despite its continuing longevity, has tobe considered a bust, at least from a Baltimore Ravens' point of view.
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