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Top 5 Under 25: Your Future Ravens Stars

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Meet the young players who are set to lead the team into the bright future.

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The Ravens have a knack at developing home-grown talent. They've done it with names like Ogden, Reed, and Lewis. All future Hall of Famers. Can Ozzie & Co. do the same yet again? If anyone can do it, it's him. And these are the guys in the right position to succeed in 'Charm City'.

#1: C.J. Mosley, ILB

Age: 22

Last year, in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Ravens snagged the Alabama linebacker with the 17th pick, this proved to be a steal. You'd have to imagine people would be skeptical of the pick after the previous year's Arthur Brown selection. But if there were any haters or skeptics, Mosley blew them out of the water, as he had a spectacular season. Mosley was an anchor for the Baltimore defense, and accumulated many awards, C.J. added all of these accolades to his already impressive resume.

Pro Bowl (2014)

Second-team All-Pro (2014)

PFWA All-AFC (2014)

PFWA All-Rookie Team (2014)

Pro Football Focus All Rookie Team (2014)

AFC North Rookie of the Year (2014)

DROY Runner-Up (2014)

Here's to hoping "The Successor" continues to be a mainstay of the Baltimore defense for years to come.

#2: Breshad Perriman, WR

Age: 21

The Ravens first round selection has received a lot of attention for various reasons, his majestic hair being one of them. In all seriousness however, the Ravens pick has seen some criticism, and many are skeptical. But Breshad seems to belong perfectly in Baltimore, filling the gap left by Torrey Smith's departure. Many Ravens fans, myself included, are excited that we have a top-tier offensive prospect. Expect a solid year from him as the #2 WR, after that, the sky is the limit for this young prospect. Let's hope he can make some plays like this one.

#3: Maxx Williams, TE

Age: 21

This year, the Ravens went all out on offense in the draft, and I for one, wasn't complaining. In addition to Breshad, the front office went out and traded up to grab the consensus #1 TE Maxx Williams, out of Minnesota in the second round. What was even better was that the Steelers were ready to select him before Baltimore snagged him. The Ravens received an athletic specimen by drafting Williams, and a guy with sure hands. It will be very exciting to see how the Ravens deploy all four of their talented TEs, Williams, Pitta, Gillmore, and Boyle.

#4: Timmy Jernigan, DE/DT

Selected in the 2nd round of the 2013 Draft, people knew that right away this selection was a steal for the Ravens. A projected first rounder, Timmy fell right to the Ravens in the mid second round. Jernigan proved very effective in limited time last year, starting 3 games and appearing in 12. He recorded 23 tackles, 13 of which were solo, and four sacks. Most of those stats were recorded in the final three weeks of the season, when he filled in for the suspended Haloti Ngata. Timmy will have to do the same again this year, as he is expected to replace Ngata on the depth chart. Expect Jernigan, and his epic dance moves, to lead the Baltimore D-Line for years to come.

#5: Kyle Juszczyk, FB

I may receive some criticism for this selection, but hey, fullbacks are people too. Kyle may not play the most glamorous position, but he does a great job at it. I believe Kyle's play was a big part in last season's rushing surge, after all, you can't go anywhere without good blocking. As for his receiving game, it's admittedly been a little shaky as he posted 19 receptions for 182 receiving yards, that's good for a 9.6 yard average. However, he fumbled the ball three times, which is not acceptable at all. So let's hope Kyle "Juice Check" improves that aspect of his game this year. Hopefully he and Justin Forsett can combine again for another great campaign.

Honorable Mentions:

For those who have distinguished themselves, but didn't earn a top 5 slot.

  • John Urschel, OG
  • Crockett Gillmore, TE
  • Carl Davis, DT
  • Marlon Brown, WR
  • Za'Darius Smith, LB
Well there you have it, these are the best and the brightest 'young guns' Baltimore has to offer. Based on these names, I'd say the future is very bright for the team.