Looking back: Ravens 2010 draft

Looking back: Ravens 2010 draft
April 11, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Over the past two weeks, we have been 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.

You can find our reviews of past draft classes at the bottom of this page. How did the Ravens fare in 2010? Let's have a look back.

2nd round –- Sergio Kindle, linebacker, Texas

2nd round -- Terrence Cody, defensive tackle, Alabama

3rd round -- Ed Dickson, tight end, Oregon

4th round -- Dennis Pitta, tight end, BYU

5th round -- David Reed, wide receiver, Utah

5th round -- Arthur Jones, defensive tackle, Syracuse

6th round -- Ramon Harewood, offensive tackle, Morehouse

The Ravens again showed their strength-in-numbers draft philosophy as they gave their first-round pick (No. 25 overall) to Denver in return for three picks later in the draft.  The Broncos, incidentally, used that pick to grab Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

The Ravens converted those picks from the Broncos into Sergio Kindle and the tight end duo of Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta. (Entering the draft, the Ravens were light on picks after giving up a third- and fourth-rounder in the trade for Anquan Boldin.)

Kindle, taken No. 43 overall, will go down as one of the more disappointing picks in Ravens history. He was expected to develop into a pass-rushing force, but instead his career was derailed after suffering a skull fracture in a fall in the offseason before his rookie year. He played just three games over three seasons and was released this past year.

Everyone else in the 2010 draft class has had an impact, with even sixth-rounder Ramon Harewood becoming a starter at times this past season. And fifth-rounder David Reed led the league in kick return average as a rookie.

Defensive tackle Terrence Cody was viewed by the Ravens as a first-round talent, but he lasted well into the second round and the Ravens grabbed him with the 57th pick overall.

Some eyebrows were raised when the Ravens took tight ends with back-to-back picks, but fourth-rounder Dennis Pitta has proved to be one of the bargains of that draft class.

Incidentally, the Ravens weren't the only team taking a pair of tight ends that year. The Patriots landed both parts of their dynamic tight end duo --  Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez -- in the 2010 draft. Gronkowski was taken in the second round -- one pick in front of Kindle -- and Hernandez lasted until the fourth round -- one pick before Pitta.

Defensive lineman Arthur Jones, who received a second-round tender this offseason as a restricted free agent, appears on his way to being another late-round find by the Ravens.

Overall, the 2010 class is partially defined by the disappointment of Kindle, but that is somewhat mitigated by mid-round finds such as Pitta and Jones.

Here is a look back at the Ravens draft classes of 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.