With The Draft upcoming, i thought it would be appropriate to take a look at some of the shining accomplishment and most glaring faults in terms of draft picks.
First I will be starting with The Ravens 10 worst draft picks. I have a few parameters here.
- No picks outside of round 3 were considered. It isnt really fair to call a seventh rounder a bad pick because he never played.
- No Current Starters, a starter cant really be considered a bad pick unless they were a high pick who hasn’t paned out(spoiler alert, the Ravens don’t have any of those).
Those arent shackling restraints, but because the Ravens draft so well in the first three rounds, this was actually a bit of a challenge. This list is riddled with career ending injuries(or series of injuries) and crazy improbable events that changed the career of the player involved.
The Ravens have picked a bunch of players from Oklahaoma that havent worked out, Chris Chester is one of them.
Chester was taken in the second round of the 2006 draft. The reason I dont have him higher is that I think there is a good chance that he was a victem of the coaching change from Billick to Harbaugh.
In his rookie year, Chester started 4 games and played very well. The 2006 Ravens line was by far the best in the NFL and Chester was part of that. in 2007, Chester was one of many Ravens who caught the injury bug. Again Chester played well when he was on the field, but he wasnt on the field as much as anyone would have liked due to various injuries. All in all, chester looked like a disappointment, but not a bust. Then came the coaching change.
The new coaching staff wanted to move Chester from OG to TE. Chester was never going to succeed at TE, so they moved him to DE for 1 game which was an even bigger disaster because Chester wasn’t a defensive player. Chester was finally mercifully moved back to guard where he was at least allowed to fail at his natural position. Chester was allowed to walk in free agency and he signed with the Redskins, where he has been a consistent started and a valuable member of their OL. The Ravens passed on Devin Hester and Maurice Jones Drew, who were both selected within 4 picks of Chester, to pick him.