Ravens Have Gotten Incredible Value From First-Round Picks Since Their Inception

Published on March 24th, 2024 11:34 am EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

Baltimore Ravens massive draft picks hit rate. The Baltimore Ravens first entered the league in 1996.

The Ravens have never had the first overall pick during their team in the league - in fact, their highest first round pick was the #4 pick in 1996 and 1997.

Since entering the league, the Ravens have gotten some INCREDIBLE value in the first-round of the NFL Draft.

The Ravens have picked three current Hall of Famers - Jonathan Ogden, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed - with some of their first-round picks over the years.

Terrell Suggs will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2025, and he is a near-lock to be inducted.

Current Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has already won the MVP award TWICE in his short career, and there is a near-certainty that he will also be inducted when his playing days are done.

Since joining the league in 1996, the Ravens have made 31 first-round picks, and five of them are either already in the Hall of Fame, or will very likely join the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

17 of the Ravens first-round picks were named to the Pro Bowl over the courses of their careers.

Joe Flacco, who has never made the Pro Bowl, was another first-round pick for the Ravens, and he is still in the league, having thrown for nearly 44,000 yards.

Zay Flowers, who was taken with the #22 overall pick in 2023, appears to be a very good wide receiver who has a very good chance of making the Pro Bowl over the course of his career.

The Ravens drafted TWO future Hall of Famers - Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis - in the first-round of the SAME draft in 1996.


Having the Ravens had any first-round duds? Absolutely.

Players such Travis Taylor and Kyle Boller were considered busts.

The Ravens, however, have a massive hit-rate on their draft picks, and it's a key reason why the team always seems to be good.

Over the past 10 years, the Ravens have had 12 first-round picks, and 7 of them have made at least one Pro Bowl. This doesn't include Zay Flowers and Marquise Brown, who are both very good players.

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