Here's a big indictment on how bad the 2009 NFL draft turned out to be: Mel Kiper Jr. still has the Baltimore Ravens taking offensive tackle Michael Oher with the No. 23 overall pick in his re-drafting of that class six years later.
Oher never lived up to the expectations of a first-round pick and will be remembered more for picking up penalties than his blocking. The Ravens moved up in the first round because they thought he was going to be the long-term replacement for Jonathan Ogden at left tackle. He turned out to be an average right tackle.
In my opinion, Oher gets overly criticized for his five-year career with the Ravens. He was tough, durable and dependable. The Ravens didn't do him any favors by shifting him back and forth from right to left tackle. And, let's remember, the Ravens won a Super Bowl with Oher.
But the Ravens wouldn't select Oher in the first round if given a second chance. He was a liability in pass protection and wasn't as dominant in run blocking as he should've been.
By the way Kiper's redrafting played out, the Ravens would've taken offensive tackle Eugene Monroe. The No. 8 overall pick of the 2009 draft, Monroe didn't merit a first-round selection six years later by Kiper. That's an oversight given how the careers for Monroe and Oher played out with the Ravens.
Two years ago, the Ravens signed Monroe to a five-year, $37.5 million deal and let Oher sign elsewhere. Monroe was a disappointment last season, but Oher is on his third team in three seasons. If the Ravens had their choice of Monroe or Oher this season, they would certainly take Monroe.
Kiper's redrafting was extremely complimentary of the Ravens. Their top three picks of that draft -- Oher, linebacker Paul Kruger (second round) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (third round) -- all received first-round value six years later. Kiper has Webb going to the Indianapolis Colts at No. 27, and Kruger getting selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 32.
Oher, Kruger and Webb represented half of the Ravens' draft class that year. Linebacker Jason Phillips and tight end Davon Drew, both of whom were fifth-round picks, never panned out for the Ravens and are no longer in the league. Running back Cedric Peerman, a sixth-round pick, has put together a nice career as a special teams standout for the Cincinnati Bengals.