Backdraft: Baltimore Ravens


BACKDRAFT SERIES: For 16 days leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft, we're rolling out capsule draft histories of each of the 32 NFL Teams.

Backdraft Series
Apr. 12 - Packers | Steelers
Apr. 13 - Bears | Jets
Apr. 14- Patriots | Falcons
Apr. 15- Ravens | Seahawks
Apr. 16- Saints | Eagles
Apr. 17- Colts | Chiefs
Apr. 18- Buccaneers | Giants
Apr. 19- Chargers | Raiders
Apr. 20- Jaguars | Dolphins
Apr. 21- Rams | Lions
Apr. 22- Vikings | Texans
Apr. 23- Redskins | Cowboys
Apr. 24- Titans | 49ers
Apr. 25- Browns | Cardinals
Apr. 26- Bengals | Bills
Apr. 27- Broncos | Panthers
2011 Draft Position:
• 26


First-Ever Draft Pick:

• Jonathan Ogden, T, UCLA (1st Round, 4th overall, in 1996)


Most Recent Draft Pick:

• Ramon Harewood, T, Morehouse (6th round, 194th overall, in 2010)


Hall of Famers Drafted:

• None


First Overall Pick in the NFL Draft:

• None


Jonathan Ogden Ray Lewis Ed Reed
Did you know?
The Ravens were formed in 1996 as a new franchise. Part of the deal was that the team was stocked with former Cleveland Browns players and also included future draft picks. One such pick was obtained by Cleveland in a trade with San Francisco a year earlier. That ended up giving the Ravens two first rounders in 1996. They snagged Jonathan Ogden fourth overall and then with the acquired 26th pick they drafted Miami linebacker Ray Lewis. The foundation for their future Super Bowl championship team was in place.



"We're starting to build the defense again," explained Ozzie Newsome (then the Ravens Senior VP of Football Operations. Today he is Executive VP/General Manger) after the team selected Miami safety Ed Reed in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft.

"Every time they needed a play to be made, Ed made it. Every time they needed a fire put out, Ed Reed put it out. He'll be a presence in the huddle," Newsome continued.

Since that time he has put his name all over the NFL Record Book and even has a number of his jerseys and shoes in the Hall of Fame in Canton. Search "Ed Reed" on our site for more on what he's accomplished in his career.



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