The Baltimore Ravens have had a lot of great players over their 17 year history, who, in their prime,were stars in the NFL. The current Ravens may be the defending Super Bowl Champions, but they lost six starters on the defensive side of the ball and three on the offense.
General Manager Ozzie Newsome has done a remarkable job filling those holes and many think this team may actually be better in 2013than they were when they hoisted the Lombardi Trophy five short months ago. However, there are still concerns about whether the younger players can perform as well as the all-important issue of team chemistry with so many unfamiliar players together for the first time.
Therefore, if you could bring back any one player from the team's past, restore them to their prime and add them to the current roster, who would you select? Would it be a younger Ray Lewis or Ed Reed, one just retired and the other signing with the Houston Texans as a free agent? What about a running back like Jamal Lewis (2000-06), a wide receiver like Michael Jackson (1996-98), cornerback Chris McAlister (1999-2008), safety Rod Woodson (1998-2001), DE Michael McCrary (1997-2002), OLB Peter Boulware (1997-2005), Tony Siragusa (1997-2001), Sam Adams (2000-01), Adalius Thomas (2000-06) or someone else?
My choice would be LT Jonathan Ogden, the first original Ravens draft pick and soon-to-be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ogden was so good that he could be left alone to deal with any pass rusher and let the QB remain confident that his blind side would be protected. As solid as current LT Bryant McKinnie was in the playoffs and Super Bowl, Ogden would allow QB Joe Flacco to sit back in the pocket and pick opponents apart with his rocket arm.
Who would you "restore" to active duty if you could wave a magic wand?