Top 8 Biggest NFL Draft steals in Baltimore Ravens history

These players show how good the Ravens are at drafting
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6. Matt Judon (No. 146 overall, 2016)

While it's hard to call a fifth-round pick risky, taking a pass rusher from Division II Grand Valley State certainly qualifies. Judon helped validate the Ravens' trust in his ability, as he spent the next few years as one of the team's more reliable starters before moving to the Patriots in free agency.

By the end of his Ravens career, Judon turned his fifth-round status into 34.5 sacks, multiple big plays in the postseason, and two Pro Bowl nods during his five years with Baltimore. Even with him thriving in New England, Judon put together a quality career in Baltimore.

Matt Judon was a steal for the Baltimore Ravens

5. Adalius Thomas (No. 186 overall, 2000)

Before Judon, the former Southern Miss star signed with the Patriots in 2007 after seven seasons with the Ravens. In that seven-year span, Thomas put up gaudy numbers as a productive pass rusher on some lethal Ravens defenses in the early 2000s.

Thomas recorded 38.5 sacks in seven years with the Ravens, capping his tenure off with an All-Pro season in which he amassed 83 tackles, 24 quarterback hits, and 11 sacks. While Thomas was solid in New England, the last two years of his Baltimore tenure were clearly the best two seasons of his career.