Grading the Draft: Ravens

Baltimore entered the 2005 draft as a playoff team with just a few needs. After adding Derrick Mason in the off season, then allowing Travis Taylor to depart, the team was looking to finish the overhaul of it's receiving corps by incorporating speed.

Baltimore selected Oklahoma wide out Mark Clayton with their first choice. Clayton, a speedy wide out, is smaller than most teams prefer at the position. He is fearless however and has no problems making plays in the middle of the field, as well as being a polished receiver. With his speed, hands, and athletic skills Clayton is a solid complement for Derrick Mason. In the second round the Ravens selected Clayton's college teammate Dan Cody. Cody offers incredible speed and has the potential to grow into an every down defensive end for the Ravens. Considered by many first round talent, bouts of depression by Cody early in his college career caused several teams to remove his name from draft boards.  Adam Terry is an athletic tackle that offers nice upside for the Ravens. The Syracuse product will need a season in an NFL weight-lifting program to further develop his strength yet he should be an excellent tackle in the future. Continuing to address the offensive line the Ravens added North Carolina center Jason Brown. Brown is fundamentally sound and also possesses a mean streak. Brown needs to shed a few pounds yet has starting potential for Baltimore. Montana fullback Justin Green has an opportunity to to make the team as a backup. Oregon State quarterback Derek Anderson is a strong armed pocket passer that should be a capable backup if he improves his accuracy and becomes comfortable with the Ravens offense. Mike Smith will need to earn a spot as a special teams player if the Texas Tech prospect is to make the final roster.

With several needs on the offense the Ravens displayed patience, coming away with a starter at receiver, two  good developmental offensive linemen and a defensive end who could contribute as a pass rusher. With a strong team already in place the Ravens filled their needs and added playmakers to both their offense and defense.

RD   Player Pos   School   Notes 
1   22 (22)   Mark Clayton    WR   Oklahoma  
2   21 (53)   Dan Cody    DE   Oklahoma  
2   32 (64)   Adam Terry    OT   Syracuse  
4   23 (124)   Jason Brown   C   North Carolina  
5   22 (158)   Justin Green   FB   Montana  
6   39 (213)   Derek Anderson    QB   Oregon State  
7   20 (234)   Mike Smith   LB   Texas Tech  

UDFA Signings: QB Darian Durant, WR Tommy Manus, WR Curtis Williams,TE Rob Abiamiri, OT Robin Knebel, OG Lester Brown, OG Phil Hawkins, DE Joe Clay, DE Walter Curry, DE Patrick Goodpaster, DT Gary Gibson, LB Matt Sinclair, LB Tyson Smith, CB Cash Mouton, S Jarvis Johnson, LS Matt Katula.

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