Remember when the Ravens traded down to select Sergio Kindle then Terrence Cody in the 2010 NFL Draft? The Kindle pick has been a big disappointment, but that trade benefited two teams in the NFL’s final eight.
With the Ravens on the clock with the 25th overall pick in the draft, commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the pick had been traded to the Denver Broncos for a second-round, a third-round and a fourth-round draft pick.
With pick No. 25, the Broncos selected some awkward-throwing left-handed quarterback named Tim Tebow. Two years later, that Tebow guy knocked the Ravens’ hated rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, out of the playoffs.
So what did the Ravens get with the three picks from Denver?
With the 43rd pick, they selected Kindle, an outside linebacker from Texas. Kindle dropped in the draft due to concerns about his durability and maturity, but many draft analysts considered him to be a first-round talent.
Kindle fractured his skull before the 2010 season and did not play. He has been active for two games in 2011.
(Later in the second round, the Ravens used their own second-round pick on Cody, the Alabama nose tackle.)
With the 70th pick, the Ravens grabbed tight end Ed Dickson out of Oregon. Now in his second NFL season, Dickson starts for the Ravens. He is third on the team with 54 receptions for 528 yards and five touchdowns.
In the fourth round, the Ravens selected BYU tight end Dennis Pitta. After catching just one pass in his rookie year, Pitta has clicked with his buddy, Joe Flacco. He has 40 receptions for 405 yards and three touchdowns.
Kindle, Dickson and Pitta for the pick that got Tebow to Denver? The Ravens will be fortunate if they get any production from Kindle going forward. But Dickson and Pitta were successful selections (remember, entering the draft, the Ravens did not have a third-round or a fourth-round pick because of the Anquan Boldin trade.)
For the sake of comparison, the Ravens could have used their No. 25 draft pick on Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson, Penn State defensive end Jared Odrick or Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams. Or if they wanted a tight end, they could have taken Rob Gronkowski, who was selected by New England one pick before Kindle.
There’s no turning back now, but with the Ravens and Broncos still standing in the playoffs -- there’s a chance they could meet in Baltimore for the AFC championship game -- it’s interesting to look back at that draft day deal.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun