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Assessing AFC North draft needs

Assessing AFC North draft needs

On April 29, 2006, while their AFC North foes waited their turn at the NFL draft inside New York's Radio City Music Hall, the Ravens were on the clock. Trading up one pick to acquire the Cleveland Browns' No. 12 slot, the Ravens selected a future star defensive tackle out of Oregon named Haloti Ngata. The Browns next took bust-to-be Kamerion Wimbley. The sequence encapsulated how the next decade seemed to go for the two teams.

On Thursday, the Ravens again will pick before all of their division opponents for the first time in a decade, a testament to their sustained success and their rivals' inability to mimic it. Appropriately, the occasion comes at a potential crossroads of an...

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