Who were the best picks and biggest mistakes in the Ravens' 20 years of drafts? Columnist Mike Preston will break it down by position. Today he tackles offensive lineman.
Best pick: This one is a no-brainer. Left offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (UCLA) was the Ravens' first-ever draft pick, No. 4 overall, in 1996 and was eventually inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Ogden was so dominant that at times he didn't look like he was playing hard. Not only was he overpowering, but he was a technician. Once he got into his pass set and got one of those big old paws on you, it was over. Running around Ogden was like running around the world, and he played the leverage game well. Few head coaches go into a game not having to worry about the right defensive end or outside linebacker, but Ogden shut down everyone. Guard Marshal Yanda was also a good pickup in the third round of the 2007 draft out of Iowa. He will be in the Ravens Ring of Honor one day with Ogden, and will be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame when his career is over.