With The Draft practically on our doorstep, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the history of the Ravens pick.
The Ravens hold the 32nd pick in the draft(duh). The interesting thing about the 32nd pick, is that it hasnt been around for all that long. Of course the draft has always had a 32nd pick, but that pick wasnt a first round pick until 2002 when the Texans were added to the league as an expansion team. The Ravens have never held the number 32 pick for that reason. They did hold the 31st pick, the final pick in the first round, in 2001 after winning the 2000 Super Bowl. They used it to select Todd Heap who went on to be a fan favorite and one of the best players on the team for the next decade.
The inaugural 32nd pick was won by the New England Patriots. The Patriots then traded the pick away to the Redskins who selected Patrick Ramsey, a QB from Tulane. The pick was traded once again in 2003 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs received Head coach Jon Gruden in the trade. The pick was traded a 3rd time in five years in 2006 when the Steelers traded up to get Santonio Holmes. 2006 was the last time the 32nd pick was traded.
Here is a list of every pick made by the team originally holding the 32nd pick.
2002- New England Patriots(traded up with Redskins to 21)-Daniel Graham
2003- Tampa Bay Buccaneers(traded to oakland Raiders in addition to other picks for coach Jon Gruden)-no selection
2004- New England Patriots- Benjamin Watson
2005- New England Patriots- Logan Mankins
2006- Pittsburgh Steelers(traded up with Giants to pick 25)-Santonio Holmes
2007- Indianapolis Colts- Anthony Gonzalez
2008- New York Giants- Kenny Phillips
2009- Pittsburgh Steelers- Evander “ziggy” Hood
2010- New Orleans Saints- Patrick Robinson
2011- Green Bay Packers- Derrick Sherrod
2012- New York Giants- David Wilson
It looks like there is a two way tie to me, for the best use of the 32nd pick. The Bucs for trading it away for Jon Gruden, and the Patriots selection of Logan Mankins in 2005.
Come back for part II tomorrow when we discuss the best and worst picks ever made with the 32nd pick.