He was a little slow by NFL wide receiver standards and he'd racked up his enormous numbers at a Division I-AA school.
So he watched and waited as teams snapped up two other receivers and a running back/tight end named Ethan Horton in the first 15 picks of the 1985 draft.
Finally at No. 16, the San Francisco 49ers called his name: Jerry Rice.
Over the next 20 seasons, of course, Rice became the greatest wide receiver — and arguably the greatest player period — of all time. As such, he is the patron saint of the 16th overall pick, which the Ravens possess in this year's draft.
Rice isn't the only star in the history of the 16th pick. Ravens fans spent years fretting...
Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins throws a first quarter pass against the Kansas City Chiefs at FedExField in Landover, MD.