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Sinorice Moss

Are the Ravens making the grade on draft day?

If it takes three or four years to judge an NFL draft — like the experts say — then grades are due on the Ravens' draft classes of 2006, '07 and '08. In theory, the heart of the current team should be made of players taken in those years.

Those were the drafts that produced, at the top, elite defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, stalwart left guard Ben Grubbs and ascending quarterback Joe Flacco. They are also the drafts that should have pushed the Ravens ever closer to that elusive Super Bowl.

Have they? John Harbaugh has taken the Ravens to the playoffs all three seasons as coach, only to be denied twice by the Pittsburgh Steelers and once by the Indianapolis Colts. Obviously,...