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Remembering the 1996 draft and how it built the Ravens

Remembering the 1996 draft and how it built the Ravens

General manager Ozzie Newsome's office is without any mementos from one of the most important days in franchise history. It contains helmets, game balls and photos, yet nothing that commemorates the day a fledgling franchise took its first significant step into the two-time Super Bowl winner it would become.

Twenty years later, what Newsome most remembers about the 1996 draft is a feeling. For weeks, Newsome, in a new role and city, operated amid chaos. But when the team selected UCLA offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden with its first-ever draft pick, a sense of calm took hold of the Ravens' outdated and windowless draft room.

Everything stopped. Newsome doesn't recall what, if...

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