Top 15 best draft picks in Baltimore Ravens history

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6. Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens (18th overall – 2008)

There will be some who disagree with ranking Joe Flacco over Lamar Jackson. After all, Flacco never won an MVP (a regular-season one, at least). Jackson’s peak has already been higher than Flacco’s.

But careers aren’t made in four years. What Flacco did for the Ravens over the course of over a decade established himself as the greatest quarterback in the team’s short history.

Flacco’s greatest contribution was when he helped lead the Ravens to their second Super Bowl victory in 2010, a game in which he earned Super Bowl MVP honors.

For as great as Jackson is, it’s hard to rank him ahead of Flacco until the Ravens find postseason success under his guidance. As of right now, Flacco has accomplished more for the Ravens than Jackson has.

5. Terrell Suggs, OLB, Ravens (10th overall – 2003)

It’s still hard to believe the Ravens were able to land Terrell Suggs with the 10th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft given the career he had at Arizona State. Some 20 years later, however, the Ravens aren’t complaining.

T-Sizzle spent a whopping 16 years in Baltimore where he established himself as a franchise icon and likely a future Hall of Famer. He finished his career with a team-record 132.5 sacks, seven Pro Bowl appearances, one first-team All-Pro selection, and a Defensive Player of the Year honor.

Suggs is one of the greatest defensive players of his era and someone who will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the greatest Ravens players to ever live.

Those nine teams that passed on him (most of them, at least) after his disappointing Combine performance may never live their mistake down.