BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 24: Haloti Ngata #92 of the Baltimore Ravens sacks Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium on November 24. 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was ranked #20 on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2012. Free safety Ed Reed came in at #16 and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was voted #11. The three players names were released this past Wednesday night on the NFL Network show with videos on NFL.com.
That leaves defensive tackle Haloti Ngata as the lone Ravens player who has yet to be named. Ngata was ranked #17 on the 2011 list. Is there a chance that his name is not on this list at all for 2012? That appears highly doubtful, as this list is based on the players votes and you just know anyone who lines against Haloti comes away impressed,if not beaten up pretty badly.
There are12 defensive linemen on the list so far, with only two defensive tackles, Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh (#38) and New EnglandPatriots DT Vince Wilfork (#81). Could Haloti Ngata be the best interior defensive linemen in the opinions of his peers? If so, this would be a great honor, since recognition by the guys you play against is the highest form of flattery.
Cross your fingers, Ravens fans!