Torrey Smith has History Working Against Him

July 18, 2012 | Jeffrey Gilley

It’s no secret that Torrey Smith is a very talented player.  Many fans (including myself) hope that his 841 yard rookie season is a sign of things to come.  Hopefully, Smith can become Flacco’s number one target for years to come.  Smith has the ability to do just that but he has history working against him.

After drafting two Hall of Fame players with their first two picks in 1996, one would think the Ravens would have success drafting players at every position.  But, that has not been the case when it comes to the wide receiver position.  Therefore, players like Derrick Mason and Anquan Boldin are brought in to be the number one receiver the Ravens have lacked.

The Ravens have drafted 18 wide receivers in their short history.  Patrick Johnson, Travis Taylor, Ron Johnson, Devard Darling, Mark Clayton, Demetrius Williams, Yamon Figures, Marcus Smith, Torrey Smith, and Tandon Doss have are all players that have been drafted in the first four rounds by the Ravens.  Many of these names are recognizable because of their performances in training camp but none have had a major long term impact on the team.

None of these players have spent more than five years with the team and all of them have been busts with the exception of Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss who were both drafted in 2011 so its unfair to judge them so quickly.

Only five wide receivers the Ravens have drafted have started 14 or more games in their Ravens career with Travis Taylor starting the most games at 61.  I think a big reason for this is because the Ravens have always been successful and have never had an opportunity to draft a player like Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, or Andre Johnson.

I am not discounting Torrey Smith’s potential but we need to remember that he is young and could still not work out for the team long term.

Below is a chart of every wide receiver drafted by the Ravens.

 

Player Round Drafted/Year Games Started Yards Years With Team
Jermaine Lewis 5th round 1996

30

1984

6

James Roe 6th round 1996

7

239

3

Patrick Johnson 2nd round 1998

45

929

5

Brandon Stockley 4th round 1999

11

913

4

Travis Taylor 1st round 2000

61

2758

5

Ron Johnson 4th round 2002

4

126

2

Javin Hunter 6th round 2002

3

35

2

Devard Darling 3rd round 2004

1

331

4

Clarence Moore 6th round 2004

8

353

3

Derek Abney 7th round 2004

0

0

1

Mark Clayton 1st round 2005

59

3116

5

Demetrius Williams 4th round 2006

5

1008

4

Yamon Figurs 3rd round 2007

0

79

2

Marcus Smith 4th round 2008

0

0

2

Justin Harper 7th round 2008

0

0

1

David Reed 5th round 2010

0

0

2

Torrey Smith 2nd round 2011

14

841

1

Tandon Doss 4th round 2011

0

0

1

 

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  1. John Grevis Says:

    That does look bleak. Who is the wide receiver coach? Should we draft a new one of them??

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