OWINGS MILLS -- Everyone in Ravens Nation has flipped a coin or two. Heads or tails is the game, as we all know.
Barring any two-sided coins being inserted into the competition by Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, the Ravens will have a 50-50 shot at winning the 10th or 11th overall selection in the April draft.
That coin flip was originally announced as an impending one in March. However, the league hasn't scheduled it formally yet. In the past, it's been conducted at the annual NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis in February, or at the owners' meeting in March.
As for the relative success of the players at each respective spot, it tends to vary.
Here's a look at the 10th and 11th selections over the past several years with comments:
1996 Offensive tackle, Willie Anderson, Auburn, Cincinnati Bengals, Cornerstone pick has been a solid contributor to a moribund franchise.
1995 Wide receiver, J.J. Stokes, UCLA, San Francisco 49ers, Classic possession receiver has been productive, but hasn't been a game-breaker by any stretch of the imagination.
1994 Linebacker, Jamir Miller, UCLA, Arizona Cardinals, Aggressive, active tackler and pass rusher has battled injuries to forge above-average career. 1
1993 Running back, Jerome Bettis, Notre Dame, St. Louis Rams, The Bus' mileage is beginning to play a factor, but he's one of the best power backs in league history.
Year, Position, Player, School, Team, Comment
2002 Defensive end, Dwight Freeney, Syracuse, Indianapolis Colts, Speed rusher created mismatches with upfield rush as a rookie to lead club in sacks.
2001 Linebacker, Dan Morgan, Miami, Carolina Panthers Intense hitter who learned a lot about the game from new Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, the former Ravens linebackers coach and Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator.
1998 Offensive tackle, Tra Thomas, Florida State, Philadelphia Eagles, Massive road grader is one of the elite blockers in the game in excellent tandem with bookend. Jon Runyan.
1997 Cornerback, Michael Booker, Nebraska, Atlanta Falcons, Journeyman rivals former Cornhusker Bruce Pickens, also a Falcons draftee, as one of worst defensive backs to be drafted this high in recent NFL history.
1996 Cornerback, Alex Molden, Oregon, New Orleans Saints, Excellent physical tools, but lack of size, positioning has plagued him in pro ranks.
1995 Defensive end, Derrick Alexander, Florida State, Minnesota Vikings, Star has faded considerably after fast initial start.
1994 Defensive end, John Thierry, Alcorn State, Chicago Bears, Classic ‘tweener between end and outside linebacker has been a survivor, not a standout.