No one savaged the pick at the time.
In fact, Travis Taylor was the exact type of prospect on whom Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome would build his reputation — a highly productive star and captain from one of the top college programs in the country at Florida.
Little did anyone guess that instead of becoming the team’s first homegrown superstar at wide receiver, Taylor would launch the most frustrating subplot in the Ravens’ otherwise celebrated draft history.
Eighteen years later, as Newsome prepares to run his final draft in Baltimore, he’s still searching for that elusive No. 1 wideout, a Julio Jones or Antonio Brown to take Joe Flacco’s throws and spin them into...