Ozzie Newsome hasn’t had many misses in his time running the draft for the Ravens, but one year later, Newsome’s decision to take Sergio Kindle with Baltimore’s first pick in the 2010 NFL draft certainly doesn’t look like a hit.
Newsome, however, says it remains to be seen what kind of NFL player Kindle becomes.
“That story is not written yet,” Newsome said Tuesday, per the Baltimore Sun. “And we’ll wait and see how that outcome is going to be. But that story is not completely written yet.”
Kindle missed the entire 2010 season after suffering a skull fracture falling down a flight of stairs, and he still hasn’t been cleared to play. Kindle was also arrested for drunk driving in December, which is particularly troubling because Kindle also was arrested for drunk driving in college — a red flag that Newsome chose to overlook.
But Newsome has now joined Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and coach John Harbaugh in saying publicly that the team still thinks it may get some value out of Kindle. Whenever the lockout ends, he’s a player everyone in Baltimore will want to watch.