TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 22: Dont'a Hightower #30 and Courtney Upshaw #41 of the Alabama Crimson Tide react after a defensive stop against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Well all the Ravens fans can special order their Courtney Upshaw number 91 jerseys now. The former number of, now Indianapolis Colts DT, Brandon McKinney. Upshaw wanted to use his college number 41 but the NFL does not allow linebackers to wear that number. I think 91 will do just fine. Seems to me to be more of a defensive end number though.
Kelechi Osemele will be wearing number 72, a perfect number for the future left tackle of a franchise. This is the same number he wore in college at Iowa State so he should be happy as well. Also, third round draft pick, running back Bernard Pierce was lucky enough to find his college jersey number, 30, open as well. I can't think of a single Raven that has worn 30 so hopefully he can bring some character to the number.
There were however two numbers of prominent former Ravens that will be reused with this rookie class. Number 25, formerly dawned by corner back Chris Carr, will go to another corner and return specialist in Asa Jackson. Le'Ron McClain made the number 33 popular in his time in Baltimore and now that number will go to safety Christian Thompson.
Wide Out Tommy Streeter will be wearing number 11 to start his career in Baltimore, which probably means he will not see the field much on offense. I don't think Cam likes to see low numbers on the field. But the slim design of the number 11 will help Streeter look even more imposing to defensive backs when it is head high to them as they line up across from him on defense.
Last but not least seventh round pick DeAngelo Tyson will wear the number of former Ravens DT, Cory Redding, #93. I have to say I'm gonna miss Redding. He was really starting to get his swagger back here in Baltimore.