The 30th pick historically shows promise

The Baltimore Ravens are on the clock when the 30th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft rolls around.

The 30th pick isn’t always a success, but we’ve seen a mix of ups and downs at the position.

Over the past eleven years, the choice has been made from a defensive point of view. Last year it was Philadelphia Eagles pass rusher Nolan Smith. The top pick of the bunch is Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker TJ Watt, who has emerged as a future Hall-of-Famer for the Ravens’ biggest rival.

The history of violations at this position does not bode well for the last two skill players. In 2012, the San Francisco 49ers selected AJ Jenkins and in 2010, the Detroit Lions selected Jahvid Best. Neither player made it to their fourth NFL season. The top offensive player at No. 30 is Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, who was the pick in 2001. Although he was not selected for the Hall of Fame, he will have the opportunity to do so in the coming years.

Overall, pick No. 30 can bring in a wide range of prospects, but every year is different. And Ravens fans are hoping the choice is closer to Watt and Wayne than Jenkins and Best.

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