April 24, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State wide receiver Devard Darling was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of the NFL Draft, Saturday.
The Ravens swapped third round picks with Minnesota to move up six spots and sent their fifth round selection (155th overall) to the Vikings before drafting the Cougar wideout.
Darling played two seasons at Washington State after sitting out the 2001 campaign following his transfer from Florida State. The Houston, Texas native racked up 1,630 yards on 104 receptions in 2002 and 2003. His 18 touchdown catches are tied for second on WSU's career list. He finished his Cougar career with 1,803 all-purpose yards.
"This is the obviously a big accomplishment in my life," Darling said. "I really appreciate everything Washington State University did for me and I am looking forward to being a Raven. I thank (Ravens Head Coach) Brian Billick and (Ravens General Manager and Executive Vice President) Ozzie Newsome for giving me this tremendous opportunity."
Darling had his signature moment with the Cougars against Oregon in 2002, taking a tipped ball into the end zone for a 46-yard touchdown and putting the Ducks away in the fourth quarter. Darling, who was born in the Bahamas, had a career-high 133 yards on seven receptions with a pair of scores in that game.
Darling earned All-Pacific-10 honorable mention in both seasons with the Cougs. He was the 82nd player taken overall. He is the first wide receiver taken by Baltimore during day one of the draft since the Ravens selected Travis Taylor in the first round of the 2000 draft.
It is the second straight year a Cougar has been selected during day one of the draft. Last year, the Seattle Seahawks used the 11th overall pick on WSU cornerback Marcus Trufant.