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Top Five Busts In Ravens History

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The Ravens usually don't draft busts. But here is a list of the Ravens top five busts.

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Disclaimer: Matt Elam and Arthur Brown have only been around for two years, so they can't justifiably be called busts.

Number Five: Patrick Johnson

With the 42nd pick in the 1998 draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected wide receiver Patrick Johnson out of Oregon. Johnson would last eight seasons in the NFL and he only lasted four seasons in Baltimore. Johnson never played sixteen games as a Raven and only started fifteen total games as a Raven. His best statistical year came in 1999, where he caught 29 passes for 526 yards and three touchdowns. In comparison undrafted rookie Marlon Brown had 524 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013.

Better Selection: Samari Rolle, who was drafted by the Titans four picks later and would become a Raven in 2005 after the Titans made him a cap cut.

Number Four: Mark Clayton

With the 22nd pick in the 2005 draft, the Ravens selected wide receiver Mark Clayton out of Oklahoma. Clayton would last seven seasons in the NFL, and he spent five of those as a Raven. Clayton would finish his Ravens tenure with 3,106 yards and 12 touchdowns. Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin had better numbers than that after only spending two seasons in Baltimore.

Better Selection: Pick one... Six Time-Pro Bowl Guard Logan Mankins was drafted 32nd overall.  Wide Receiver Roddy White was drafted 27th overall. White currently has 765 receptions for 10,357 yards and 62 touchdowns. Tight End Heath Miller was drafted 30th overall and has 532 receptions for 6,032 yards and 43 touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers was drafted 24th overall and has been nothing short of amazing as a quarterback.

Number Three: Travis Taylor

With the 10th pick in the 2000 draft, the Ravens selected wide receiver Travis Taylor out of Florida. Taylor was released after a lackluster 2004 season. Taylor's best season was 2002, where he caught 61 passes for 869 yards and 6 touchdowns. In comparison Torrey Smith caught 49 passes in 2012 for 855 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Better Selection: Defensive End John Abraham was selected by the Jets only three picks later. In 15 seasons, he has 133.5 sacks.

Number Two: Sergio Kindle

With the 43rd pick in the 2010 draft, the Ravens drafted defensive end Sergio Kindle out of Texas. Kindle only played three games as a Raven and has only 1 tackle to show for it. Kindle was released in January 2013. While a freak injury led to his demise as a football player and no one could have foreseen it, his lack of production for a high pick leaves him on this list.

Better Selection: Carlos Dunlap went 52nd overall. In five seasons he has 210 more tackles and 35.5 more sacks than Kindle does.

Number One: Kyle Boller

With the 19th pick in the 2003 draft, the Ravens selected quarterback Kyle Boller out of California. Boller could not stay healthy and when he was healthy, he was a turnover machine. Boller never led the Ravens to the playoffs and his erratic play wasted the primes of many great Ravens players. In 2006 the Ravens decided that an aged Steve McNair was a better quarterback than Boller and gave him the starting job instead. Boller's incompetence ultimately led to Brian Billick getting fired and the start of the Flacco-Harbaugh era.

Better Selection: Nnamdi Asomugha was drafted 31st overall. A secondary with him, Chris McAlister,and Ed Reed would not allow passing touchdowns. Or the Ravens could have kept their 2004 pick and drafted Vince Wilfork.