5. Travis Taylor – WR, Florida, 2000 NFL Draft, First Round, Tenth Pick
The Ravens’ history of drafting wide receivers is pretty well known at this point amongst fans. They just haven’t had good luck, and Travis Taylor is one of those unlucky picks.
Now, to be fair, the Ravens didn’t bomb the 2000 draft by any stretch, before Travis Taylor was picked, the Ravens picked Jamal Lewis with the fifth-overall pick, so they made up for it a bit.
But Taylor turned out to be an, at best, decent wide receiver, averaging only just over 600 receiving yards in his four years consistently starting with Baltimore.
His best year was a 61 catch, 869-yard season with six touchdowns. That’s a fine year for a receiver, but that was far and away his best year (of his career too, including the two years he played for the Lions).
He only averaged about three touchdowns while with the Ravens, and those aren’t the numbers of a first-round receiver, especially picked tenth overall.
The 2000 draft wasn’t a particularly great one for receivers anyways, the only receivers of note picked in that draft were Plaxico Burress and Laveraneus Coles, with Coles being the only Pro Bowl receiver picked in the draft.