Sometimes, the consolation prize is better.
The Ravens failed to get Byron Leftwich in the 2003 draft, who they tried to get by trading up to pick sixth.
Instead, the Ravens stayed at No. 10 and came away with linebacker Terrell Suggs.
Brian Billick was the coach of Baltimore and Ozzie Newsome still remains as general manager.
"I wanted Leftwich," admitted then-Ravens owner Art Modell.
Leftwich, who will start at quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers for Sunday night’s game with the Ravens, remembers the situation well. It was a confusing time in which phone lines didn't work properly and the Ravens' deal with Minnesota never was finalized.
The Jacksonville Jaguars picked seventh. Then-Jags coach Jack Del Rio wanted to take Suggs from Arizona State but was overruled.
"At that time, that’s where I thought I was at. I remember having talks with Ozzie and it was pretty much set in stone," Leftwich said Wednesday. "I guess the debacle happened during the draft and everything."
Leftwich played in Jacksonville through 2006, having mixed success. He's had stints with the Tampa Bay Bucs and Atlanta Falcons. This is his second go-round with the Steelers after playing there for the 2008 season.
Failing to get Leftwich, the Ravens traded up to the 19th slot and settled on Kyle Boller as their quarterback instead. Boller lasted until 2007, never threw for more than 13 touchdowns or 2,600 yards in a season.
Leftwich's best season came in 2005, when he threw for a career-high 15 touchdowns and just five interceptions in Jacksonville. He has never completed more than 60.5% of his passes.
"I thought I would be a Raven," Leftwich said.