1996: On April 20, the Ravens select Ray Lewis with their second pick in the first round of the NFL Draft, 26th overall. Lewis, undersized at 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, is considered something of a consolation prize after the Ravens miss on Illinois linebacker Kevin Hardy (out of the league since 2004) at the top of the first round. But coach Ted Marchibroda says of Lewis: "When you watch him on film, he catches your eye, and you love to watch him play." … On July 13, Lewis signs five-year-deal with $1.3-million bonus in time to start training camp. … Aug. 3, Lewis records sack in Ravens' pre-season debut, Baltimore's first NFL home game in 13 years. … Sept. 1, Lewis starts regular-season opener at Memorial Stadium and records team-leading seven tackles along with first career interception in 19-14 win over Oakland Raiders. Lewis is named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. … Appears in 14 games (13 starts) and leads 4-12 team with 142 tackles. Named to USA Today's all-rookie team.