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No. 4: Ravens' best draft class

Young franchise had top picks in first year

Originally Published: March 31, 2009
By ESPN Stats & Information | Special to Insider

ESPN Stats and Information has ranked all NFL players drafted in the modern draft (1967-2008) based on their performance during their NFL careers -- regardless of how they fared with the team that drafted them. Insider will count down each team's best draft class (seeded 1-32), then conduct a tournament to determine the best class of all time.

For a short explanation of the ranking system, click here, or, for a more detailed rundown of how the system was developed, click here.

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RAVENS' BEST DRAFT CLASS: 1996

The Ravens have had unprecedented success drafting in the first round. Since the team's first draft in 1996, Baltimore first-rounders have gone to a combined total of 38 Pro Bowls (all as members of the Ravens). During that stretch, only the Colts (32) and the Seahawks (21) have seen their first-round picks combine to go to more than 20.

Baltimore's inaugural draft in '96 was its best. The Ravens had two first-round picks and used them to grab perennial Pro Bowlers on both sides of the ball: Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis.


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