The Ravens' 2010 draft class received high marks from draft experts back in April, but a sector of fans have already labeled it a disappointment. Probably the primary reason for that is the absence of Sergio Kindle, the team's top draft pick, from the active roster after the outside linebacker fell down a set of stairs in a mysterious incident a few days before the start of training camp.

Kindle had been expected to chase down quarterbacks alongside Terrell Suggs, but the second-round draft pick suffered a fractured skull and was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list, ending his season before it started. Kindle has been working out at the team's facility, but he made comments last week that suggested he might not be cleared to play in 2011 either.


That might be a moot point after Kindle was busted for a DUI Sunday morning in Howard County. 

"I just want to apologize to the organization, because I don't want to bring a negative light to the team," Kindle told The Baltimore Sun on Sunday. "It was my mistake. I can't take it back now.

"I don't know what's going to happen from here."

Look for an official statement from the team in the next 24 hours, but don't be surprised if the Ravens sever ties with Kindle should he be found guilty. Character issues hurt his draft stock back in April -- in 2007, Kindle was charged with driving while intoxicated when he played at Texas -- and you can't help but wonder if alcohol was a factor Kindle's accident in July. I gave him the benefit of the doubt at the time since I wasn't there. After Sunday's DUI, I am reconsidering that one.

Kindle's career was already in jeopardy before he jumped in the driver's seat Sunday morning. He is clearly reckless and immature, and it's obvious that being a professional and working his way back into playing shape aren't high on his list of priorities.

The Ravens gave Donte' Stallworth a second chance after a guilty plea for DUI manslaughter, and he has been a model citizen so far. But there's no guarantee Kindle will get his second -- or is it third? -- chance. He certainly doesn't deserve another if you ask me.

I'm still not ready to call the 2010 draft class a bust. It's waaaay too early to write off these rookies, and guys such as Ed Dickson, David Reed and Terrence Cody are starting to contribute.

But Kindle? That pick looks like an error, and it has nothing to do with the caliber of the player.

I'm not going to bash Ozzie Newsome, though. He rolled the dice on a high-risk player, and it doesn't look like it's going to pay off. We'll see if Newsome learns from his mistake.

Unfortunately, we know that probably won't be the case with Kindle.