Looking back: Ravens 2011 draft class

Looking back: Ravens 2011 draft class
April 12, 2013, 9:00 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 2011? Let's have a look back.

1st round –- Jimmy Smith, cornerback, Colorado

2nd round -- Torrey Smith, wide receiver, Maryland

3rd round -- Jah Reid, tackle, Central Florida

4th round -- Tandon Doss, wide receiver, Indiana

5th round -- Chykie Brown, cornerback, Texas

5th round -- Pernell McPhee, defensive end, Mississippi State

6th round -- Tyrod Taylor, quarterback, Virginia Tech

7th round -- Anthony Allen, running back, Georgia Tech

Before the Ravens ever made a pick in 2011, they were involved in 'TradeGate,' a first-round snafu between the Ravens and Bears that cost the Ravens one spot in the draft.

The Ravens, set to pick 26th, had agreed to swap picks with the Chicago Bears, who were to pick 29th. In return for moving up three spots, the Bears would give the Ravens a fourth-round pick. Not so fast.

The Ravens phoned the move in to the league office, but the Bears, for unclear reasons, never did. So the trade was never finalized or approved. Not only that, but the Ravens' time on the clock expired, costing them the No. 26 pick, which went to Kansas City.

"You make a deal," Ravens coach John Harbaugh told the Baltimore Sun at the time. "It's one thing to go back and say we have no deal. It's another thing to say for over two minutes we have a deal and we called it in. I'm not sure what Ozzie's supposed to do. He thinks it's a technical snafu, so it should be able to get resolved. If you called it in and Ozzie says it's not called in, how hard would it be to say, 'Let me pick up the phone and call it in if they don't have it.' It's pretty hard to understand."

After the Chiefs took receiver Jonathan Baldwin at No. 26, the Ravens selected cornerback Jimmy Smith with the No. 27 pick. Smith had been known to have character issues at Colorado, but the Ravens saw an athletic, first-round talent who fit their need for a shutdown cornerback.

Smith's career to date has not been up to first-round standards, but he has been bothered by injuries and started to excel in the playoffs last year. The Ravens still believe the best is yet to come for him.

In the second round, the Ravens made local fans happy with the selection of former Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith. He again fit the team's need for a speedster who could extend the field, and the Ravens viewed him as a bargain as the 58th player chosen. He has since validated their view with two solid seasons.

The Ravens traded up five spots in the third round for lineman Jah Reid, though he has yet to match the accomplishments of another third-round lineman they traded up for, Marshal Yanda.

Every other member of the 2011 draft class has made contributions, some more quickly than others.

Fifth-round pick Pernell McPhee emerged as a force as a rookie with six sacks, and Chykie Brown, the other Ravens' fifth-round pick, has been a special teams contributor and saw extended time in the secondary this past season.

Tandon Doss has not done much yet, but he is thought to be the leading contender to succeed Anquan Boldin at slot receiver.

Just two years in, it's fair to say the jury is out on this draft class. But all eight players have been with the Ravens for two years, and early indications point to this being an accomplished class.

Here is a look back at the Ravens draft classes of 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.