There were some doubts about Ray Lewis going into the 1996 NFL draft. As a result, more than two dozen teams passed on the University of Miami linebacker.
Even in the draft-night war room of the NFL’s newest franchise, the Ravens, one of Lewis’ biggest deficiencies — his height — had crept into the debate as the team's No. 26 pick approached.
One of his biggest champions kept Lewis in the conversation.
“I had to say something that was important to our team, because I was sold on Ray Lewis,” recalled Maxie Baughan, the team’s linebackers coach at the time. “From one minute to the next, I had to go to bat for him.”
Baughan, who as a...