Biggest draft busts in Baltimore Ravens history
Biggest draft busts in Ravens history
The Baltimore Ravens have had a rich history of success during the NFL Draft, but there have been a number of slip-ups along the way.
Kyle Boller, QB
2003 NFL Draft
Sorry Ravens fans. You knew it was coming. Boller never could make a name for himself in Baltimore. In five seasons with the Ravens, Boller compiled a record of 20-22 and a 45-44 TD/INT ratio. Luckily for the Ravens, he wasn't the team's only first-round selection that year. Just nine picks earlier, the Ravens selected a promising linebacker out of Ball So Hard University: Terrell Suggs.
Michael Oher, OT
2009 NFL Draft
Oher starred at Ole Miss before being selected by the Ravens in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Oher wasn't able to protect Joe Flacco's blind side and was switched over to right tackle. Oher was on the squad that hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in 2013, but his services were not renewed after the following season. He joined the Tennessee Titans on a four year, $20 million deal in March 2014, but was waived the following February. He then joined the Carolina Panthers, but was released two years later.
Sergio Kindle, LB
2010 NFL Draft
Kindle never suited up for the Ravens in 2010 after being selected in the second round. On July 25, 2010, the night before his first training camp, it was reported that Kindle suffered a fractured skull after being hospitalized for falling down two flights of stairs after taking a wrong turn after waking up in the middle of the night. Kindle suffered permanent hearing damage in his left ear. He was released in January of 2013
Jah Reid, OT
2011 NFL Draft
Reid started only seven games in his four seasons in Baltimore and was cut shortly before the start of the 2015 campaign.
Courtney Upshaw, LB
2012 NFL Draft
The Ravens had high hopes for Upshaw, who was selected in the second round and named the defensive MVP of the 2012 BCS National Championship Game for the University of Alabama. He was on the Super Bowl team that defeated the San Francisco 49ers in his rookie season. Three years later, Upshaw was on the move, joining the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent.
Matt Elam, S
2013 NFL Draft
The Ravens selected Elam in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft but he was never able to materialize at the highest level. In February 2017, Elam was arrested in Miami and charged with possession of marijuana and oxycodone and intent to distribute. The Ravens indicated that Elam was not in the team's future plans, and his NFL career has not resumed to this day.
Arthur Brown, LB
2013 NFL Draft
Brown never started a single game for the Ravens after they selected him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In three seasons in Baltimore, Brown recorded 13 solo tackles. He was waived ahead of the 2016 season.
Timmy Jernigan, DE
2014 NFL Draft
The Ravens selected Jernigan in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Florida State. In his inaugural season in Baltimore, Jernigan started 15 games for the team but was traded to Philadelphia just two years later.
Breshad Perriman, WR
2015 NFL Draft
Perriman was expected to help bolster the Ravens receiving corps after the team drafted him out of UCF but he was never able to crack the team's rotation, starting only four games in his three seasons in Baltimore. Perriman had a career resurgence with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019 and signed a one-year offer sheet with the New York Jets for the 2020 season.
Maxx Williams, TE
2015 NFL Draft
Williams was never able to make a name for himself in Baltimore. A crowded tight end group combined with a rash of injuries cut Williams' time short. The Ravens didn't retain his services after the 2018 season, and he departed to join the Arizona Cardinals.