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Ravens draft history: Best and worst OL picks

Ravens draft history: Best and worst OL picks
Jonathan Ogden blocks the Steelers’ Joey Porter during their game on Nov. 26, 2006 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

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.

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Biggest disappointment: Tackle Adam Terry was a second-round pick out of Syracuse in the 2005 draft. He had the body build to be a physical brute but never played up to expectations. Throughout his five seasons with the Ravens he barely got into the starting lineup. He may have had more injuries than starts. Some fans like to say tackle Michael Oher was a bust, but he was and remains a solid player in the NFL. Oher was a first round pick by the Ravens in 2009 out of Mississippi, and he later signed a free agent contract with the Tennessee Titans in 2014. I'd like to have seen the Ravens get more out of Oher as well as guard Ben Grubbs, the first round pick from Auburn in 2007, as well as guard Kelechi Osemele, the former Iowa State guard taken in the second round of the 2012 draft.

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