With another NFL draft in the books, here's my take on how the AFC teams fared this year:
Best pick: Wide receiver Demetrius Williams, Oregon. This pick is classic Ravens -- selecting the best available athlete regardless of position. Williams' lean build and durability issues led to his nose-dive on draft weekend, but the Ravens were glad to provide him with a parachute in the fourth round. With Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Clarence Moore and Devard Darling already in the stable, Baltimore does not need Williams to produce. However, if he can stay healthy and reach his full potential, Williams has the speed and hands to emerge as a vertical playmaker in the near future.
Worst pick: Cornerback David Pittman, Northwestern State. By no means was this a bad pick in the third round, but there were some better options. Pittman is a slightly overrated prospect and will need time to make the transition from the small-school level to the NFL. More polished prospects who were available include Penn State's Alan Zemaitis and Georgia's DeMario Minter.
Work to do: The Ravens were successful in their pursuit of defensive line help (Oregon NT Haloti Ngata, first round) and offensive line help (Oklahoma OC Chris Chester, second round), but they failed to make a serious dent at free safety. Georgia Tech's Dawan Landry, who was selected in the fifth round, projects as nothing more than a reserve safety and special-teams contributor. The team must do something between now and the start of the 2006 season to upgrade the safety spot opposite Ed Reed, as B.J. Ward simply will not get the job done.