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Draft breakdown: Best and worst '01-'05

A look at the best and worst picks in the Ravens' drafts:

2001

Best: Ed Hartwell, LB, fourth round. Todd Heap was undoubtedly the best player, but Hartwell surpassed expectations more than anyone in this draft. He led the Ravens in tackles (100 more than anyone else on the team) in 2002, when Ray Lewis was injured for most of the season, and totaled over 100 tackles in 2003 and 2004.

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Worst: Chris Barnes, RB, fifth round. The Ravens gambled that the New Mexico State player would be the top backup to Jamal Lewis. Barnes was so bad that he didn't make the regular-season roster even though Lewis had sustained a season-ending knee injury in training camp.

2002

Best: Ed Reed, S, first round. The Ravens had one of the best safeties of this generation fall to them at No. 24. It should be noted that Reed was the Ravens' 24th-ranked player on their board that year.

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Worst: Dave Zastudil, P, fourth round. Zastudil turned out to be a solid punter, but he should have been a Pro Bowl one if he was taken in the fourth round. Sam Koch, who was drafted four years later in the sixth round, was a far better value.

2003

Best: Jarret Johnson, LB, fourth round. He's not as flashy or as athletic as Adalius Thomas, but Johnson has been as reliable and as tough as they come. In addition to setting the team record for consecutive games played (113), he became only the fourth Raven with 70 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions in a season.

Worst: Musa Smith, RB, third round. While it's easy to point the finger at Kyle Boller, Smith had a far less productive career. In four seasons, he totaled 496 yards and four touchdowns.

2004

Best: Dwan Edwards, DT, second round. Naming Edwards as the best pick shows why this is the worst draft in team history. He didn't consistently crack the starting lineup until his fourth season and finished with three sacks.

Worst: Devard Darling, WR, third round. This label could go to pass rusher Roderick Green, quarterback Josh Harris, wide receiver Clarence Moore, wide receiver Derek Abney or guard Brian Rimpf. But Darling is the highest pick of the group and struggled to make 20 catches for 331 yards and three touchdowns with the Ravens.

2005

Best: Jason Brown, center-guard, fourth round. He started at left guard beside Jonathan Ogden in 2006 and 2007 before moving to center in 2008. Brown became the NFL's highest-paid center in 2009 when he agreed to a five-year deal with the St. Louis Rams that's worth $37.5 million, including with $20 million guaranteed.

Worst: Dan Cody, LB, second round. Injuries limited him to one tackle in two career games. That's a major disappointment for the 53rd overall pick. To make matters worse, San Diego wide receiver Vincent Jackson was taken eight picks after Cody.

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