It's well known that the Ravens have had the most compensatory picks (31 in total) in NFL history. What's not been publicized is their success with those extra picks.
The Ravens have used compensatory picks to select four starters (guard Edwin Mulitalo, offensive tackle Tony Pashos and fullbacks Ovie Mughelli and Le'Ron McClain) as well as four quality backups (running back Chester Taylor, linebacker Cornell Brown, tight end Quinn Sypniewski and linebacker Prescott Burgess).
Of course, there have been some that never suited up for a regular-season game for the Ravens: wide receiver Derek Abney, running back Allen Patrick, safety Antwoine Sanders and tight end Cam Quayle (the Ravens' only Mr. Irrelevant).
Here's a ranking of the best compensatory picks in Ravens history:
1. Edwin Mulitalo, guard (fourth round, 1999): For seven years, he formed one of the most dominating left sides in the NFL alongside left tackle Jonathan Ogden. During that time, the Ravens ranked in the top 11 in rushing four times, including No. 5 in 2000 when the run game carried the offense to the Super Bowl title. Always playing in the shadow of Ogden, he was one of the more unsung Ravens of his time.
2. Le'Ron McClain, fullback (fourth round, 2007): A two-time Pro Bowl player, he led the Ravens in rushing in 2008 with 902 yards and 10 touchdowns. But the Ravens' average yards per carry plummeted to 28th in 2010, when McClain had only 28 attempts. He actively campaigned for more carries last offseason.
3. Ovie Mughelli, fullback (fourth round, 2003): He became the highest-paid fullback when he left the Ravens in 2007, signing a six-year, $18 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons. But Mughelli took a while to develop, playing nine games (no starts) in his first two seasons. His most impressive season was his last for the Ravens (2006), when he earned his first Pro Bowl.
4. Chester Taylor, running back (sixth round, 2002): Never a starter with Jamal Lewis atop the depth chart, Taylor was a steal with the 207th overall pick. In his last three seasons for the Ravens, he averaged over four yards per carry and caught at least 20 passes. His moody disposition never made him a favorite in the locker room.
5. Tony Pashos, offensive tackle (fifth round, 2003): After two years on the sideline, Tony Pashos took over for Orlando Brown as the starting right tackle midway through 2005. He then had an outstanding 2006 season, which allowed him to cash-in on a five-year, $24 million contract (including $9 million signing bonus) with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Pashos only lasted two years in Jacksonville before bouncing around from San Francisco to Cleveland.
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