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The 26th pick in the first round?

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The 26th pick in the first round?

Kevin Hardy and John Mobley both had pretty good NFL careers. Hardy played nine years in the NFL, mostly with Jacksonville, and Mobley spent eight years in the league with Denver.
 
Hardy also played with the Cowboys and Bengals and was an All-Pro pick in 1999. Mobley earned All-Pro status in 1997. Reggie Brown played with the Detroit Lions for two years and didn’t have numbers as good as Hardy and Mobley.
 
What did all three of these guys have in common? They were all linebackers.
 
What else did they have in common? They were picked ahead of Ray Lewis in the 1996 NFL Draft.
 
Why?
 
There was no question that Ray Lewis was a good linebacker based upon what he’d done in college at Miami. Some football folks wondered about his size, if he was big enough to be effective on a regular basis. That’s why he wound up being the No. 26 pick in the first round of that year’s draft.
 
Looking back, it’s kind of tough to believe that 25 players were selected in front of Lewis that year. The Ravens were just getting started in 1996, as that was their first season in Baltimore. They picked left tackle Jonathan Ogden with their first first-round pick – fourth overall – a very understandable choice as teams always love to have a talented left tackle in place.
 
But Lewis was still available at 26, and the Ravens took him. He became a starter from Day 1, and the rest, as they say, is history.
 
Lewis may not have been as big as other linebackers in the draft, but his fire and intensity made up for it. Especially in the earlier year, his speed and ability to get anywhere on the field made him able to make plays time and again. He hasn’t been as fast in recent years and struggled with things like pass coverage, but Lewis is a quarterback on the field in how he directs the defense.
 
And there’s no question he’s headed for the Hall of Fame—not bad for a No. 26 pick in the first round.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Chris Board is making a run for a starting spot at linebacker for the Ravens, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Board and Kenny Young will reportedly make a run for the starting spot opposite Patrick Onwuasor, but Board is pulling ahead of the pack Zrebiec says. The spot is up for grabs since the Ravens lost C.J. Mosley in free agency.

2. Also looking to earn a roster spot is wide receiver, Jordan Lasley. After training during the offseason with Lamar Jackson, many expected Lasley to show up to minicamp ahead of the pack, but after making some drops, Zrebiec says Lasley "will need to pick up his game" if he wants to get a spot on the Ravens roster.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens have announced 2019 training camp dates that will be open to the public. 2,000 fans will be able to attend the 14 open practices at the Owings Mill Underarmour Performance Center. Additionally, the Ravens will hold their annual open practice at M&T Bank Stadium July 27 with Fireworks Night to follow.

2. Wide receiver Jaleel Scott has had a standout offseason thus far after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. According to Ravens media, Scott has been a big playmaker at OTAs and mandatory minicamp and is looking forward to the start of training camp. “I think I had a great practice to end minicamp, and now I’m going to get ready for the start of training camp,” Scott said to Ravens media. “I want to show people I can be a deep threat, that I can make big plays and do things in the red zone, help us score points. That’s my goal.”


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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