||Player, Position, College
||Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas
||Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama
||Ed Dickson, TE, Oregon
||Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU
||David Reed, WR, Utah
||Arthur Jones, DE, Syracuse
||Ramon Harewood, OT, Morehouse
Like 2009, this is another year where the early-round picks don’t do the draft class any favors when it comes to grades. The story of Sergio Kindle is an unfortunate one, with the Texas linebacker fracturing his skull before he even stepped onto the field for the Ravens.
Kindle made a comeback in 2011, but he was a special teamer and was eventually waived in 2012. Because his sad career is the result of a freakish accident, he won’t factor negatively into the overall grade.
Unfortunately, the next two picks won’t help the overall grade. Terrence Cody was a full-time starter at nose tackle for one season, but then he lost that job to Ma’ake Kemoeatu and hasn’t looked like the dominant force he was projected to be coming out of Alabama.
He signed a veteran’s minimum contract this offseason and is purely depth along the defensive line at this point—not what you want from a second-round pick entering his fifth professional season.
Likewise, Ed Dickson initially looked like he would develop into a big-time player at the tight end position after he took over the starting job in 2011 and fared very well (to the tune of 54 receptions for 528 yards and five touchdowns).
Since that point, however, Dickson has inexplicably lost confidence and suffered from a severe case of the drops—resulting in the Ravens parting ways with him this offseason.
One possible reason that Dickson lost his confidence is because Dennis Pitta emerged as a legitimate star in 2012. As Joe Flacco’s favorite target, Pitta has become a huge part of the offense and was rewarded with a long-term deal.
Like Pitta, Arthur Jones greatly exceeded his draft slot and became the most consistent defensive lineman last season. The Ravens undoubtedly wanted to keep him, but it speaks to how well he played that he priced himself out of Baltimore’s range.
The remaining two draft picks (David Reed and Ramon Harewood) both showed potential and contributed in limited capacities before the Ravens moved on from them.
Despite the lack of production from the first three picks, every player from this class (aside from Kindle of course) contributed to the team in some way, and that’s a pretty good haul. The brilliant play of Pitta and Jones compensates for the disappointing play of Dickson and Cody, so this class gets a respectable grade.
2010 Draft-Class Grade: B-