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For the Ravens, the NFL draft has been a combination of strategy, skill and luck
For the Ravens, the NFL draft has been a combination of strategy, skill and luck

Select an immediate standout early, an eventual starter or two later, then round out the class with a few rookie free-agent gems. For much of Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome's tenure, that's been his blueprint on draft day. "Once you start out [by drafting] two Hall of Famers in Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis, it's kind of hard not to go downhill from there," joked former Ravens head coach Brian Billick, now an NFL Network analyst. "But downhill is still pretty darn good." The NFL draft is an inexact science. It takes conviction and good fortune, preparation and patience. Few teams have done it better than the Ravens, though their most recent...

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