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Re-Grading Baltimore Ravens' Past 5 Drafts
Patrick Semansky

Baltimore Ravens fans enter draft mode with a peace of mind that isn’t found in the fanbases of some other teams around the league (e.g. the Cleveland Browns). The reason for that tranquility is the brilliance of general manager Ozzie Newsome—a man widely regarded as one of the best GMs in the NFL. But how well has he actually fared in recent drafts? That’s what we’re here to discuss.

We’re going to take a trip down memory lane and revisit the last five draft classes that Newsome has brought to Baltimore—and then we’re going to grade them.

Each class is graded in its entirety, but each prospect is evaluated relative to the expectations that come with their draft slot.

For example, a class isn’t going to earn a low grade because none of the Day 3 picks were anything more than roster depth. On the other hand, a first-round pick who underperforms is enough to cause a significant drop in the grade.

One last thing to consider is that undrafted free agents do not factor into these evaluations because the purpose of this analysis is to assess Newsome’s performance on draft day(s) alone.

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