The news that former Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw had agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons formally closed the book on the Ravens 2012 draft class -- not a single player from that eight-member class remains with the team five seasons later.
In one sense, this is the typical rhythm for the Ravens -- they draft and develop players, who then move on and sign as free agents elsewhere, which translates into compensatory draft picks, which the Ravens use to restock their roster and begin the cycle all over again.
Since 2011, Pernell McPhee, Rick Wagner, Kyle Juszczyk and Crockett Gillmore are among Ravens drafted with compensatory picks.
The 2012 draft class certainly won't go down as the best in Ravens history, but it wasn't the worst, either. But it was short-lived; for the first time since 1998, no players in the draft class stayed with the Ravens longer than four years.
The Ravens would have liked to retain Kelechi Osemele -- their second pick that year -- but were outbid for Osemele's services by the Oakland Raiders. Upshaw was the only other 2012 draftee still with the team at the end of the 2015 season, and the Ravens did not make re-signing him a priority.
There actually is one player left from that 2012 rookie class: Kicker Justin Tucker, who was signed as an undrafted rookie out of the University of Texas.
The Ravens entered the 2012 draft with the No. 29 overall pick and proceeded to trade out of the first round altogether. Upshaw became the team's top draft pick, at No. 35 overall. Incidentally, that is the third-lowest first pick they've ever had. (Dwan Edwards went first at No. 51 in 2004, Sergio Kindle at No. 43 in 2010. If you want to start talking about disappointing Ravens draft classes, those are two to start with.)
The 2012 class had its moments, producing two long-term starters in Upshaw and Kelechi Osemele. They also got contributions from several other players as rookies during the 2012 Super Bowl run. And as is often the case, they found some late-round bargains and others that never panned out.
Here's a look back at how each of the Ravens in the 2012 draft class fared:
LB Courtney Upshaw -- 2nd round, No. 35 overall
Upshaw never missed a game in four seasons with the Ravens. He never developed into an elite pass rusher, with five sacks in four seasons, but he was a force against the run. He signed with the Atlanta Falcons after playing out his Ravens contract.
OG Kelechi Osemele -- 2nd round, No. 60 overall
The pick of the draft as far as the Ravens were concerned, Osemele started as a rookie at tackle, then moved over and became a starting guard and ended his Ravens career as a starter at left tackle. He was considered one of the gems of this free agent class and was signed to a five-year deal by the Oakland Raiders when he became a free agent.
RB Bernard Pierce -- 3rd round, No. 84 overall
Originally groomed as Ray Rice's backup, Pierce had his chance to secure the starting job after Rice was cut after the infamous elevator video surfaced. Pierce, though, ultimately lost out on the starting job because of fumbles and the emergence of Justin Forsett, and a St. Patrick's Day drunken-driving arrest in 2015 ended his career with the Ravens after three seasons. He played sparingly this past season for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
C Gino Gradkowski -- 4th round, 98th overall
Gradkowski was the Ravens starting center in 2013, but a trade for Jeremy Zuttah the next spring ended Gradkowski's run as a starter. He ultimately was dealt to the Denver Broncos last April, was cut and landed in Atlanta for one season. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers earlier this month. Gradkowski, incidentally, was the No. 98 pick the Ravens got by trading out of the first round.
S Christian Thompson - 4th round, 130th overall
Thompson played on special teams in seven games as a rookie before ending the season on injured reserve. His career essentially ended with a four-game suspension before the 2013 season began; the Ravens released him that October before he ever played again.
DB Asa Jackson -- 5th round, 169th overall
Jackson's Ravens career was derailed by two suspensions for violations of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, but the team stuck by the cornerback and kick returner through both suspensions. He was cut, then brought back after briefly joining the New York Giants, and ultimately made his mark on special teams as a kick blocker. But a series of foolish penalties ultimately did him in, and he was cut in November. He spent time on the Bengals practice squad and was signed in January by the Arizona Cardinals.
WR Tommy Streeter -- 6th round, 198th overall
The Ravens saw raw potential in the 6-foot-5 Streeter, but it never developed. After a rookie season spent on injured reserve, he never made the team out of training camp in 2013. He has since bounced around on practice squads of the Buccaneers, Dolphins and Jaguars.
DE DeAngelo Tyson -- 7th round, 236th overall
The Ravens got some significant production from their seventh-round pick, with Tyson playing in 34 games (six starts) over three seasons. But he got caught in a numbers game along the Ravens deep defensive line this past season and didn't make the team out of training camp.