Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ravens' rookies MIA


It must be a bit frustrating for Eric DeCosta, Joe Hortiz and the Ravens’ scouts not to see any player from the Draft Class of ’10 making an impact, particularly when they look across the field this past Sunday and see Patriots’ rookies Devin McCourty, Jermaine Cunningham, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski on the field contributing for the Patriots.

Kindle is out for the season, perhaps for the rest of his life while fellow second rounder Terrence Cody has only hit the field for about a dozen or so snaps all season. Ed Dickson has made marginal contributions as a second tight end (he really needs some work as a blocker); Dennis Pitta has been pretty stealth; David Reed has contributed on special teams as a gunner; Art Jones has done next to nothing while Ramon Harewood sits on IR.

Cody’s inactivity is somewhat surprising, particularly after a fairly productive camp and preseason. He’s not being worked into the defensive line rotation and you have to wonder why the Ravens are even carrying Art Jones and Lamar Divens on the active roster and/or 53 man roster for that matter. Might their collective inactivity run the tread thin on the proverbial tires of Haloti Ngata, Kelly Gregg, and Brandon McKinney?

4 comments :

Jerry B said...

Conventional wisdom says it takes three years to evaluate a given draft; however, on it's surface, this one doesn't look very good.....

Anonymous said...

It's a dangerous assumption to make that because New England's draft picks are playing than our draft must be bad. We have a good team and it's hard for some of these guys to really get quality reps at this point. Do we want Cody to play over Ngata or Gregg? How about Dickson and Pitta over Heap? Webb wouldn't even have played last year if Fabian Washington got hurt.

I'll take a more patient approach to the rookies, given our record and roster.

I've got a sneaky feeling that some of these guys will be forced to contribute next season when players like Heap, Mason, and Gregg could all be gone....

Phil from Frostburg said...

The lack of contributions from the 2010 draft class is clearly too early to judge but frankly is the continuation of a trend starting with the departure of Phil Savage. There have certainly been some great picks since then (Rice, Ngata, Yanda, McClain and a few others), but the vast majority of the picks since then have underperformed their draft slot, especially in the middle rounds. The Ravens are not a bad drafting team the last 5-6 years, but are certainly a bit below average and definitely nowhere near as good as the local media's perception, which was formed in the great draft classes of the Savage years.

Sally said...

didn't Savage oversee the worst draft class in Ravens history in 2004 (Clarence Moore and Devard Darling anyone)? But at least his Browns drafts were good. He was so smart that he drafted Wimbley instead of Ngata. LOL. But he is good at sports radio and sending emails. He left us with a lot to work with when he left. One of the reason Billick got fired was because of that draft.