Going into the 2006 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens had a young Ed Reed at strong safety, and had some trust in Will Demps at free safety. They pulled the trigger in the draft on defensive back David Pittman in the 3rd round though, as a best-player-available pick and project. For the Ravens, though, this just didn’t work out as planned.
Pittman played cornerback in college, and was thrown back and forth between his natural position and safety during his time with the Ravens. Pittman would be knocked for being too slow at cornerback, and not reading offenses well enough while at safety. He ended up getting on the field not once as a rookie, and then playing in 10 games as a sophomore.
After that, Pittman was gone. He would jump around the league for another few years until signing with the United Football League’s Hartford Colonials for a year, and then on to the CFL for a few more years. While not a colossal bust in the grand scheme of things, the Ravens did use a valuable 3rd round pick on Pittman, and unfortunately, it didn’t work out for either.