Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Friday, March 19, 2010

Can Ozzie Newsome correct another mistake?






During the 2004 NFL Draft the Ravens were boxed out twice on players that they really liked. One was S Bob Sanders. Sanders was plucked by the Indianapolis Colts with the 12th pick in Round 2. The Ravens tried to move up in that round but were unable to, eventually settling for the recently departed Dwan Edwards seven picks later.

You may recall that the Ravens had no first round pick that year having given that up to the New England Patriots in order to draft Kyle Boller the year before. The team was also without a fourth round pick and that proved costly. The player they wanted to obtain after repositioning their board for Day 2 of the 2004 draft was Nathan Vasher.

Vasher would become the 110th overall pick in that 2004 draft, going to the Chicago Bears in Round 4. The Ravens could only sit and watch with regret.

Vasher would eventually go on to be an All Pro and Pro Bowler in 2005.

Yesterday he was released by the Bears. His play has fallen off over the past few seasons.

Some wonder if he’s simply lost confidence, without question the equivalent of kryptonite for an NFL cornerback.

Some think that he simply needs a change of scenery.

Prior to being let go, Vasher was scheduled to make $2.6 million. Last year Frank Walker earned $2.2 million.

You thinking what I’m thinking?

It’s been said that defenders play better when they become Ravens.

Maybe Vasher can recapture that lost mojo and maybe Ozzie Newsome can correct another draft day mistake as he did with the recent acquisition of Anquan Boldin.


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