No. 17 picks in the NFL draft
Every slot in the NFL draft has its share of success stories and disappointments, and No. 17, where the Ravens are slotted to pick on Thursday night, is no different. The position has produced career backups (Jarvis Moss in 2007), solid starters (Gosder Cherilus in 2008), Pro Bowlers (Chad Greenway in 2006) and a likely Hall of Fame guard in Steve Hutchinson.
Here's a look at the careers of those selected at No. 17 in recent years. The pick has seen several offensive linemen who were immediately plugged into their team's starting lineups, though very little impact at skill positions. Anything player you'd like to see the Ravens replicate?
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2009 -- Tampa Bay: QB Josh Freeman, Kansas State( Jane Tyska, Oakland Tribune / November 21, 2010 )
Freeman looked like a future star after the Buccaneers took him 17th in 2009, taking the starting job in his first season and posting a 25-to-6 TD-to-INT ratio in 2010, his first full season in the job. That campaign earned him an alternate's slot in the Pro Bowl, but Freeman regressed a bit in 2011. He rebounded to throw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2012, but was benched after three games by coach Greg Schiano and eventually traded to Minnesota, where he made one start. Freeman signed in the off-season with the Giants.