Let’s look at the top 5 draft picks from the second day of the NFL Draft (The second and third round) for the Baltimore Ravens, in the last five years.
My fellow site expert Richard Bradshaw recently ranked the last 10 years first round picks by the Baltimore Ravens. This is a look at the top five players the Ravens have drafted out of the second and third round in the last 10 years. Three of the five players I came up with are still with the purple and black. Two of these players were not only in the same draft class, but were also selected in the same round. There were a lot of misses to sort through here, yet this is the elite crop of talent from this point in the NFL Draft. With that in mind, let’s jump right into it:
5. Kelechi Osemele: 2nd round 2012
The Baltimore Ravens faced the daunting task of replacing Ben Grubbs. They found Kelechi Osemele with the 60th overall pick. The Iowa State product became a plug and play starter in a year the Ravens won the Super Bowl. It’s hard to argue with that kind of success. Osemele played for the Ravens for four years before getting a massive contract from the Oakland Raiders. Osemele started 51 games for the Ravens.
Osemele was a player who had it all. He was NFL ready largely because he had the size and athleticism that allowed him to play anywhere on the offensive line other than center. In his prime and before a rather brutal allotment of injuries, Osemele was one of the most dominant run blockers in the NFL. Osemele may have had his Pro Bowl years outside of the organization, yet the Ravens were clearly right about the kind of player Osemele would become.