Who were the best picks and biggest mistakes in the Ravens' 20 years of drafts? Columnist Mike Preston will break it down by position over the next two weeks. Today he tackles quarterbacks...
Best pick: The Ravens wanted a quarterback as tough as former starter Steve McNair and as big as Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger. They selected Joe Flacco in the first round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Delaware and he has gone on to become the team's career leader in passing touchdowns, yards, completions, attempts and wins, including one in Super Bowl XLVII.
Biggest mistake: Some like to say Kyle Boller was a bust, but he wasn't. The Ravens just shouldn't have taken him in the first round of the 2003 draft. Worse yet, they traded first- and second-round picks with New England to move up to select Boller and that move hurt the team for years. Boller had arm strength and was successful, to a degree, but wasn't a smart QB. He certainly should have won more games as the starter with the type of defense the Ravens were playing then. (The Ravens went 20-22 in games Boller started for them.)
Most intriguing picks: The Ravens took Chris Redman in the third round of the 2000 draft and Derek Anderson in the 6th of the 2005 draft. They got some mileage out of both, but Redman's career was doomed in Baltimore once Boller was selected. It will be interesting to see how well Tyrod Taylor continues to play in Buffalo. He was a sixth round pick by the Ravens in 2011.