Building a team with the best draft picks in Ravens history

Fifteen years ago, the Ravens selected UCLA offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden and Miami linebacker Ray Lewis -- the two best players in franchise history -- in the first round of their first draft in Baltimore. Since then, the Ravens have continued to find productive players in the NFL draft, especially with their first-round selections.

With the Ravens set to add another draft class to the record books at this week's NFL draft, now is a good time to look at the best draft picks in team history. Let's do it position by position by naming a Ravens all-draft team, from the best quarterback in franchise history to the only long snapper selected since 1996. Take a look at who made the squad (and let me know who got snubbed):


QB: Joe Flacco (2008, first round) -- Thirty-six wins (four in the playoffs) in his first three seasons.

RB: Jamal Lewis (2000, first round) -- An All-Pro, a Super Bowl champ and a 2,000-yard rusher in 2003.

FB: Le'Ron McClain (1997, fourth round) -- Two Pro Bowls and was the team's top rusher in 2008.

WR: Brandon Stokley (1999, fourth round) -- Had plenty of success in his career -- after leaving Baltimore.

WR: Mark Clayton (2005, first round) -- Never lived up to first-round billing, but was a productive player.

TE: Todd Heap (2001, first round) -- The franchise’s all-time leader in TD catches and still going strong.

OT: Jonathan Ogden (1996, first round) -- Considered to be the NFL’s prototypical blind-side protector.

OG: Ben Grubbs (2007, first round) -- Young left guard is on the verge of making it to the Pro Bowl.

C: Jason Brown (2005, fourth round) -- Second-day steal signed monster contract with the Rams in 2009.

OG: Edwin Mulitalo (1999, fourth round) -- Started in 102 regular season games and a Super Bowl.

OT: Jared Gaither (2007 supplemental , fifth round) -- Polarizing, but talented tackle for the Ravens.


DL: Haloti Ngata (2006, first round) -- Arguably the most dominant defensive tackle in the league today.

DL: Aubrayo Franklin (2003, fifth round) -- Had limited success here, but got big payday with the 49ers.

DL: Adalius Thomas (2000, sixth round) -- Drafted as a defensive end, but did a little bit of everything.

OLB: Peter Boulware (2007, first round) -- Teamed up with Michael McCrary to terrorize quarterbacks.

ILB: Ray Lewis (1996, first round) -- When you think of the Baltimore Ravens, you think of Ray Lewis.

ILB: Jamie Sharper (1997, second round) -- Was a reliable player who thrived next to Lewis.

OLB: Terrell Suggs (2003, first round) -- Has 68.5 sacks in his career, but is more than just a pass rusher.

CB: Chris McAlister (1999, first round) -- Three-time Pro Bowler was one of the NFL’s best in his prime.

S: Ed Reed (2002, first round) -- Future Hall-of-Famer haunts the dreams of many NFL quarterbacks.

S: Dawan Landry (2006, fifth round) -- Hard-hitting safety has made 362 tackles in five seasons.

CB: Duane Starks (1998, first round) -- A solid pro who was part of the Ravens’ vaunted 2000 defense.


KR/PR:  Jermaine Lewis (1996, fifth round) -- This Super Bowl hero scored eight career return touchdowns.

K: None taken -- That’s what having Matt Stover for 13 years does for you.

P: Sam Koch (2006, sixth round) -- Though both were good punters, Koch edges out Dave Zastudil.

LS: Joe Maese (2001, sixth round) -- You can get away with drafting a snapper if you’re the reigning champs.

***This post has been updated since it was first published

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