Looking back: Ravens 2004 draft class

Looking back: Ravens 2004 draft class
April 2, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Over the next two weeks, we are revisiting each Ravens draft class of the past 10 years. Looking back at past drafts is always entertaining; hindsight is always 20/20, and every team's draft history includes some hits and misses, some gems and some busts.

We've already looked at 2003. How did the Ravens do in 2004?

Let's have a look back.

2004 Ravens draft class:

1st round -- None (traded to New England)

2nd round -- Dwan Edwards, defensive tackle, Oregon State

3rd round -- Devard Darling, wide receiver, Washington State

5th round -- Roderick Green, outside linebacker, Central Missouri State

6th round -- Josh Harris, quarterback, Bowling Green

6th round -- Clarence Moore, wide receiver, Northern Arizona

7th round -- Derek Abney, wide receiver, Kentucky

7th round -- Brian Rimpf, guard, East Carolina

It was slim pickings in 2004 for the Ravens, who had no picks in the top 50. For the first time in their history, they went without a first-round pick after trading their 2004 first-round pick to New England the year before so they could move up to take Kyle Boller. (The Patriots, incidentally, used that pick, at No. 21, to take nose tackle Vince Wilfork.)

As they were for seemingly the better part of a decade, the Ravens were in the market for wide receivers, especially after Terrell Owens had stiffed them a month before the draft. (The Ravens thought they had a deal in place to trade their second-round pick for Owens, but Owens made clear he did not want to be in Baltimore and he ultimately landed in Philadelphia.)

The 2004 draft class was deep at wide receiver, and seven of them went in the first round. Another, Devery Henderson, went to the Saints at No. 50, one pick before the Ravens.

The Ravens ended up taking three receivers among their seven picks and traded their fourth-round pick to Jacksonville for another, Kevin Johnson.

The search for receiver didn't end with this draft class. Johnson ultimately had one modest season in Baltimore (35 catches, 373 yards). Devard Darling (20 receptions in four years) and Clarence Moore (29 catches in three years) had only limited success, and Abney never made it.

With their first pick, at No. 51, the Ravens grabbed defensive tackle Dwan Edwards from Oregon State. Edwards played five seasons with the Ravens before moving on to Buffalo, and is by far the most accomplished player of an underwhelming draft class. He had six sacks this past season with Carolina.

The Ravens, though, like every other team can lament ones that got away this year: Defensive end Jared Allen, a four-time All-Pro, was a fourth-round pick by the Chiefs out of Idaho State, taken 126th overall.