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1996 (4): Jonathan Ogden

The original Raven, Ogden made his mark on the league for years. The massive lineman went to the Pro Bowl 11 times, missing just one season, his rookie year. There’s no doubt that he was the best offensive lineman in Baltimore Ravens history – did the current Hall of Famer do enough during his career to be named the best first-rounder of all time? GRADE A+

1996 (26): Ray Lewis

You might know who this future Hall of Famer is. Lewis was a member of both Super Bowl teams (2000, 2012) and was a 13-time Pro-Bowler. Lewis was a three-time AP AFC Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year. GRADE A+

1997 (4): Peter Boulware

The linebacker was a four-time Pro-Bowler and won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 1997. Boulware led the AFC in sacks in 2001, as he registered 70 total sacks during his career in Baltimore. Throughout his entire career, he was a Raven (1997-2005). GRADE B+


1998 (10): Duane Starks

Starks would play a big role in the Baltimore defense through the Super Bowl XXXV. After the 2001 season he was able to test the free agent market, eventually playing for three other teams before retiring in 2007. He was never a Pro-Bowler. GRADE C

1999 (10): Chris McAlister

McAlister, who had 26 career interceptions, had an up-and-down ride with the Ravens. While thriving early in his career, he became injury prone and a locker room malcontent during his final season in Baltimore. He had a short and unforgettable stint as a member of the Saints. His career faded quickly as teams shied away from a player who didn’t respect the game. McAlister had three Pro Bowl appearances and was a member of the Super Bowl XXXV team. GRADE B

2000 (5): Jamal Lewis

Lewis, who rushed for 10,000+ yards during his career, will be best known for his 2003 record-breaking season in which he ran for over 2,000 yards. He was a Pro-Bowler, All Pro and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in ‘03. GRADE B+

2000 (10): Travis Taylor

Taylor will always be remembered as Ozzie Newsome’s first first-round bust. The highly-touted receiver was never able to live up to his pre-draft projections, spending just five seasons in Baltimore before being released. GRADE D

2001 (31): Todd Heap

Heap, a fan favorite, will go down as one of the better tight ends in Ravens’ history. The two-time Pro-Bowler made a big impact in the purple and black, scoring 41 touchdowns and six 500+ yard receiving seasons. GRADE B+

2002 (24): Ed Reed

“Reeeeeeeed” is the best playmaking safety the Ravens may ever have and arguably the league’s best ball hawk in the modern era. He led the NFL in interceptions three times, made the Pro-Bowl nine times, and earned AFC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2004. He owns several NFL records including most career interception return yards. GRADE A

2003 (10): Terrell Suggs

Suggs is still on the Ravens active roster and is the franchise’s all-time sack leader. It’s safe to say the Ravens struck gold when they drafted him out of Arizona State. He has reached the Pro-bowl six times, won AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, and helped the team win a Super Bowl in 2012. GRADE A-

2003 (19): Kyle Boller

Yeah… about this…

Boller was clearly not the quarterback the Ravens had hoped for when they selected him in 2003. It might be best if we just forgot about this one. Clearly this was an extreme case of reaching for need. GRADE F

2005 (23): Mark Clayton

Must we remember this one, as well?

Clayton was never able to thrive in his five seasons with the Ravens. His best year with the team was in 2006 when he had five touchdowns during his 67 grabs. Clayton was released after the 2009 season, one where he had just 34 catches for 480 yards. GRADE C-

2006 (12) Haloti Ngata

Ngata has become a crucial part of the Ravens defense throughout his time in Baltimore. Named to five Pro-Bowls, the five-time All-Pro has made an impact in every season in the NFL. Ngata has 23.5 total sacks thus far in his career. GRADE A-

2007 (29): Ben Grubbs

Grubbs became a mainstay on the interior line during his time with the Ravens, missing only a handful of games through five seasons. He would go on to sign with the New Orleans Saints before 2012, just missing out on the Ravens’ second Super Bowl win. Grubbs was selected to two Pro-Bowls. GRADE B

2008 (18): Joe Flacco

This one turned out pretty well.

Flacco has been the franchise’s best quarterback of all-time, leading the team to an incredible 5 consecutive playoff runs and a Super Bowl title. He also shows up to work every day and has not missed a game in his 6 seasons. Despite the criticisms he regularly receives, the Ravens wouldn’t have had recent success without him. GRADE B+

2009 (23): Michael Oher

Oher’s play in Baltimore will always be controversial due to lack of consistency. Despite “The Blind Side” being his tagline throughout his time as a Raven, Oher failed to produce on the left side early, forcing the coaching staff to move him over to the right, a move that didn’t last long. Oher and the Ravens have now parted ways and it’s unclear if his career will ever justify his first round status. GRADE D

2011 (27): Jimmy Smith

While it’s early to tell if this was a solid selection, Smith did appear to find his groove during the 2013 season. He finally found a knack for playing well in pass coverage and it’ll be interesting to watch him grow during the next few years. GRADE C+

2013 (32): Matt Elam

It’s early, but Elam appears to have a spot on the Ravens defense for a while. He’ll have to get his pass coverage duties in order going forward, but Elam should live up to his first-round selection if he continues to improve. GRADE B-

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