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Chris Spencer


The only time the Ravens selected 26th in the NFL draft was in 1996, when they took a chance on an undersized linebacker named Ray Lewis.

No one expects the Ravens to come away with another all-but-certain Hall of Fame player at that position Saturday, but fans hope they can avoid the rocky history of that spot.

Since Lewis was drafted, the No. 26 slot has produced just two Pro Bowl players (guard Alan Faneca and cornerback Lito Sheppard). It's a point in the draft where such busts as quarterback Jim Druckenmiller, defensive end Erik Flowers, running back Chris Perry and defensive tackle John McCargo were selected.

This record makes a solid argument for the Ravens to...