When the Baltimore Ravens came to town from Cleveland in 1996, Ozzie Newsome served as the team's vice president of player personnel. In the team's first draft, Newsome badly wanted UCLA left tackle Jonathan Ogden in the first round. The only problem is they had a solid starting left tackle in Tony Jones.
Newsome, though, still took Ogden with the fourth overall pick. He played at left guard that season with Jones remaining at left tackle. The Ravens then traded Jones to Denver after the season, and Ogden moved into the left tackle spot and eventually earned a spot in the Hall of Fame. Later in that first round, Newsome used the 26th overall pick to select linebacker Ray Lewis, a player some felt might be too small despite his great speed and quickness. He also went to the Hall of Fame.
The Ravens came up with numerous great drafts under Newsome despite struggling a few times in recent years before 2018, which featured a solid group of players that helped win the AFC North. Newsome was promoted to general manager in 2002 -- the NFL's first African-American GM -- after making the Hall of Fame himself as a tight end with the Browns. But he announced a year ago that this would be his last season, and the Ravens said Thursday that Eric DeCosta takes over as GM on Friday.