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Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- Baltimore Ravens
These guys were brought in to help the team win, but couldn't accomplish anything on the field. Today I rank the top five worst draft picks by the Baltimore Ravens
5. Matt Elam
He was brought in to replace Ed Reed, but that has proven to be too much of a task thus far.
At Florida, Matt Elam was two year starter at free safety. He was named an All-American his junior year and left school with six career interceptions.
Elam was selected 32nd overall in 2013. In his two years, he has proven to be a liability in coverage and doesn't have the playmaking ability of an Ed Reed. He's managed only one interception, 0.5 sack, and one forced fumble in his two years in Baltimore. If he doesn't tighten up his play quick, he could be soon out of a job.
4. Jimmy Smith
I have no idea why the team puts so much faith in him.
At Colorado, Jimmy Smith started as a key special teams member before quietly moving into the starting cornerback lineup. He was a two year starter and two time All-Big 12 selection.
Smith was selected 27th overall in 2011. Considering he's been injured for most of his four season, this one could be seen as a little unfair. Then again when healthy, he's been beaten out by guys with lesser pedigrees for a starting spot in the lineup and beaten by mediocre wide receivers. He better prove to Baltimore this year that he's worth a $48 million extension.
3. Mark Clayton
He was productive, but by no means was ever going to be the team's top wide receiver.
At Oklahoma, Mark Clayton gained national attention his junior year when he shattered school records for receptions, yards, and touchdowns in a season. He also set the school record for career receiving yards.
Clayton was selected 22nd overall in 2005. He was beat out by Derrick Mason as the team's number one receiver each year. He was productive and brought moments of excitement to the field, but couldn't do it on a consistent basis. In five seasons in Baltimore, he never had a 1,000 yard season and was shipped to St. Louis in 2010 where he saw himself constantly battling injuries.
2. Travis Taylor
His production level was nowhere where it needed to be.
At Florida, Travis Taylor compiled 72 catches for 1,150 yards and 15 touchdowns in 11 career starts. He was also the MVP of the 1999 Orange Bowl.
Taylor was the 10th overall pick in 2000. The Ravens had high hopes of him making an immediate impact. However, he would only make 28 catches for 278 yards in nine games as a rookie. Like Clayton, Taylor never had a 1,000 receiving season and was released after 2004. He eventually signed with Minnesota where he became involved in the Vikings "love boat" scandal.
1. Kyle Boller
The team thought the found the quarterback that was going to take them back to the Super Bowl. How wrong they were.
At Cal, Kyle Boller would go on to set several single season and career records for a quarterback. He still the school's all time leader in passing touchdowns.
Boller was selected 19th overall in 2003. Spending most of his time as a backup to Steve McNair and Joe Flacco among others, Kyle Boller was nothing more than a practice arm for the Ravens. In three of his four years as a starter, he threw more interceptions than touchdowns. He spent his final years in St. Louis and Oakland before calling it quits.