The Baltimore Ravens joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1996 as an expansion team, after former-Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell decided to relocate his team to Baltimore. The Browns were later reactivated in 1999. The Ravens' first selection as an NFL team was Jonathan Ogden, an offensive lineman from UCLA. The team's most recent first round selection was Jimmy Smith, an cornerback from Colorado.
Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.
The Ravens have never selected the number one overall pick in the draft, but they have selected the fourth overall pick twice.
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- ↑ "Ray Lewis". CBS SportsLine.com. http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/players/playerpage/3831. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
- ↑ The second first-round pick for 1996 came as a result of a multiple-team trade, in which the Ravens received the San Francisco 49ers' 26th overall pick, and the Cleveland Browns received the 49ers' first, third and fourth round picks in exchange for the Browns' 1995 first-round selection.
- ↑ "Peter Boulware". CBS SportsLine.com. http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/players/playerpage/4711. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Baltimore Ravens All-Time Pro Bowl Selections". Baltimore Ravens. Archived from the original on 2007-12-15. http://web.archive.org/web/20071215132724/http://www.baltimoreravens.com/Team/AllTimeProBowl.aspx. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
- ↑ "Jamal Lewis". CBS SportsLine.com. http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/players/playerpage/187391. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
- ↑ First first-round draft selection for 2000 was acquired from the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a 1999 second-round draft selection.
- ↑ "Todd Heap". CBS SportsLine.com. http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/players/playerpage/235215. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
- ↑ "Ed Reed". CBS SportsLine.com. http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/players/playerpage/302218. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
- ↑ "Terrell Suggs". CBS SportsLine.com. http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/players/playerpage/396177. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
- ↑ "Ted Hendricks Official Site". Ted Hendricks Foundation. December 6, 2006. http://www.tedhendricks.com/award.htm. Retrieved 2007-09-28.
- ↑ The Ravens traded their 2004 first-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for the Patriots' 2003 first-round (19th overall) selection.
- ↑ The Ravens obtained their 2006 first-round choice in a trade with the Cleveland Browns for their 2006 NFL Draft first-round (13th overall) and sixth-round (181st overall) selection.
- ↑ They traded their eighth overall pick in the draft to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- ↑ http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2012/story/_/id/8912329/super-bowl-2013-joe-flacco-baltimore-ravens-named-mvp
- ↑ The Ravens traded their 2010 first-round pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for the Broncos' 2010 second-round (43rd overall), third-round (70th overall), and fourth-round (114th overall) selections.
- ↑ The Ravens traded their 2012 first-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the Vikings' 2012 second-round (35th overall), and fourth-round (98th overall) selections.
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- "Hall of Famers by Franchise". Pro Football Hall of Fame official Web site. Archived from the original on 2007-08-20. http://web.archive.org/web/20070820015457/http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/teams.html. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
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