With The Draft upcoming, i thought it would be appropriot to take a look at some of the shining accomplishment and most glaring faults in terms of draft picks.
Now That I Have Recapped the Ravens 10 worst draft picks, lets get to the good stuff, Here are the Ravens 10 best draft picks of the past 10 years. Like with the worst picks, I have a few parameters here.
- Players who signed a second contract with the team were given priority over those who did not.
- Non Starters were not included. There are way to many good picks for me to include players who don’t start, at least occasionally.
- Players on the Superbowl squad were given the edge over players who were not.
- Proven commodities are worth more than potential success.
Those arent shackling restraints, but because the Ravens draft so well, this was actually a bit of a challenge. There are probably a lot of player that should have made this list but didn’t, just because there wasn’t enough room on the list to include everyone.
For My money, Haloti Ngata is the best player on the Ravens roster. That is why he is number 2 on my list.
Ngata has been a beast pretty much since the second he stepped on the field in Baltimore. He quickly established himself as a starter for the Ravens(back when the D was completely loaded which is quite a feat for a rookie). He started all 16 games as a rookie, and was a major cog in the Ravens 13-3 run. He has been a constant target for double teams and chips ever since.
Despite being the first focus of any blocking scheme from opposing offenses, Ngata has continued to wreak havok on offensive lines league wide for the past 6 years. Over his career Ngata has 22 sacks and 19 batted passes. He also has 3 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles. Those numbers are pretty impressive for a 3-4 DE/NT, but his impact on the field is even bigger than those numbers indicate. Ngata is as good a space eater as there is in the league, he occupies at least two blockers on every play which has played a huge role in extending the career of Ray Lewis and allowing Terrell Suggs to capture a defensive player of the year title.
Ngata isnt just the top player on the Ravens roster, he is a top 5 player league wide and clearly the best player in the league at his position.