Who were the best picks and biggest mistakes of the Ravens' 20 years of drafts? Columnist Mike Preston breaks it down by position. Today he examines linebackers.
Best pick: The Ravens selected Miami linebacker Ray Lewis with the No. 26 overall pick of the 1996 draft. The day proved to be historic because the Ravens had selected UCLA offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, who went on to a Hall of Fame career, with the No. 4 overall pick in the same draft. Some draft experts considered Lewis to be too small to play inside in the NFL, but Lewis went on to become a 13-time Pro Bowler, the 2000 Defensive Player of the Year and help the Ravens win two Super Bowls. He is the team's career leader in tackles with 2,643 and is the only player in NFL history with at least 40 career sacks and 30 career interceptions. Both Peter Boulware (1997 draft) and Terrell Suggs (2003) were also first-round picks who have had great careers with the Ravens.