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.
Let's have a look back.
2005 Ravens draft class:
1st round – Mark Clayton, wide receiver, Oklahoma
2nd round – Dan Cody, outside linebacker, Oklahoma
2nd round – Adam Terry, tackle, Syracuse
4th round – Jason Brown, guard/center, North Carolina
5th round – Justin Green, fullback, Montana
6th round – Derek Anderson, quarterback, Oregon State
7th round – Mike Smith, linebacker ,Texas Tech
Coming off a subpar 2004 draft class and a 9-7 season, the Ravens again had more misses than hits in the 2005 draft.
The Ravens went into 2005 still looking for answers at wide receiver. They signed Derrick Mason as a free agent and then used their first-round draft pick to grab Oklahoma wideout Mark Clayton.
Clayton had a serviceable NFL career, which included five seasons in Baltimore, but he never blossomed into an All-Pro caliber player the way some of his 2005 draft peers did. Roddy White was taken by Atlanta five spots after the Ravens took Clayton, and Vincent Jackson, who has had four 1,000-yard seasons, was taken 61st overall, 39 spots after Clayton.
Still, Clayton’s accomplishments far exceeded those of the Ravens two second-round picks. Dan Cody, a promising outside linebacker and Clayton’s former teammate at Oklahoma, suffered a knee injury on the first day of his first training camp and missed the entire season. He played in three games in 2006 but then missed all of 2007 with a knee injury and never played again.
The Ravens traded up to take Syracuse tackle Adam Terry late in the second round, but he, too, was dogged by chronic knee injuries. Terry did play parts of four seasons with the Ravens but missed all of 2009 before leaving the organization.
Fourth-round pick Jason Brown, who started every game in 2007 and 2008, turned out to be a far more productive pick than either of the second-rounders.
Ironically, by at least one measure, the most accomplished player of the draft class might have been sixth-rounder Derek Anderson. The backup quarterback never played a snap for the Ravens but landed in Cleveland after being cut by the Ravens.
His career had its ups and (more) downs, but in 2007 Anderson made the Pro Bowl, albeit as an alternate after Tom Brady backed out. But Anderson thus became the only member of the Ravens 2005 draft class to earn Pro Bowl status.