The Baltimore Ravens, just like every other team in any professional sport, has had hits and misses when it comes to a respective draft. Every team has hits and misses on positions. In the NFL, every draft pick you select isn’t always made with the intentions that that player will be a hall-of-famer. The goal is to simply try to make your team better any way possible.
Still, there is a school of thought out there that there cannot be any “bad” draft picks. A principle that each selection should be dealt with such care that the pick is always improving your team. With that principle in mind, let’s look at the Baltimore Ravens and how they have drafted running backs in their brief history as a franchise. Now we can just toss out Jamal Lewis and Ray Rice as “bad” picks. Those two were selected with expectations and they had and have certainly pulled their weight. There are other selections however. Selections we may have forgotten because their impact was so minimal, or some we may have forgotten because, quite frankly, they were so forgettable. There aren’t all that many running backs the Ravens have drafted, 11 to be exact, and we know I’m leaving two of them off and no chance I’m putting Bernard Pierce on this list. That leaves me with eight possibilities…
#5 – Anthony Allen
This one may be a little harsh and I’ll admit it’s mostly a matter of circumstance and reacting to what I have most recently seen. Allen was drafted in the seventh-round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech. With Ray Rice doing what he has done, Anthony Allen really never was going to get the chance to be the number one guy. He did, however, have the chance to be the number two guy and wasn’t consistent enough to do it. As a seventh-rounder expectations weren’t off-the-charts for him, but if Allen could have done better, the Ravens would have never had to spend a third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on Bernard Pierce. He ultimately was released before the start of last season and is now in Buffalo.
#4 – Chris Barnes
Barnes was selected in the fifth-round of the 2001 NFL Draft out of New Mexico State University. Do you remember him? Even a little bit? Well unfortunately you probably shouldn’t. Not much to say here. The Ravens spent a fifth-round pick on the guy and he didn’t even end up on the final roster that same year. In college he did pretty well. He played 20 games for the Aggies, he amassed 1698 yards with 11 touchdowns on 275 carries.