2 Ravens Players Named to ESPN's "AFC's 10 most versatile players list"

Rob Carr

ESPN staff writer Gary Horton released a piece this morning outlining what he believes to be the 10 most versatile players in the AFC.

Both Haloti Ngata and Jacoby Jones made the cut for Horton's versatility list. Horton defined the criteria as those players that give their team flexibility in schemes, and players who can fill more than role on their team's roster. It is no surprise that Houston Texan J. J. Watt topped the list at #1, arguably the strongest defensive force in today's NFL.

Jacoby Jones was ranked at #2, revered for his return specialty (he had 3 scores off kickoff and punt returns last season). Jones also impressed during the Raven's postseason run. If he excels at #2 receiver, he will truly live up to Horton's ranking.

Ngata came in at #4 on the list. Horton cited Ngata's consistent transition from the 3-4 to a 4-3 defensive set, playing defensive end and defensive tackle respectively. Ngata is big, but exceptionally athletic for his size, and has undoubtedly been one of the Ravens' most valuable assets during his time here so far. There is even a chance Ngata could see some time at fullback with Vonta Leach now out. Unfortunately, Ngata took quite a bruising last year, playing through shoulder, ankle, and MCL injuries. Ngata is a tank and I respect him more than most players in the league, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that he will be at least close to 100% come September.

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