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Ranking the 20 Best Players in Baltimore Ravens' History

Ranking the best players to ever don the Ravens' uniform.

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The Ravens completed the 20th season in the franchise's history in 2015.  The 20 players below are ranked based off Pro Football Reference's Approximate Value with some minor adjustments made for their respective importance to the Ravens.  Ozzie Newsome is hoping to add to this list in the 2016 NFL draft.

1.  Ray Lewis

#52 played 17 years for the Ravens, serving as the face of the franchise and leaving an indelible mark on the organization.  The ten time All-Pro, two time defensive player of the year, Super Bowl MVP, two time Super Bowl champion and thirteen time Pro Bowl selection is generally regarded as one of the very best defensive players in the history of the entire league.

2.  Ed Reed

Playing Robin to Lewis' Batman, the playmaker donned purple and black for eleven seasons.  He was a eight time All-Pro, nine time Pro Bowler , 2004 Defensive Player of the Year and holds records for postseason interceptions (9) and interception return yards (1590).

3.  Jonathan Ogden

The very first draft pick in Raven's history, the prototype left tackle played his entire twelve year career in Baltimore.  Selected to the All-Pro team nine times, Pro Bowl eleven times and first ballot Hall of Fame inductee.

4.  Terrell Suggs

Sizzle holds the franchise's record for career sacks (106.5), and was selected to the All-Pro team twice and the Pro-Bowl six times.  Other awards include Defensive Rookie of the Year and 2011 Defensive Player of the Year.

5.  Joe Flacco

By far the best Quarterback in Ravens history, Joe Cool earned his status in the Top 5 with an elite run through the 2012 playoffs.  An eleven touchdown to zero interception ratio culminated in the franchise's second championship and Super Bowl MVP honors.

6.  Haloti Ngata

The five time All-Pro and Pro-Bowler played for the Ravens for the first nine seasons of his career.  A versatile defensive lineman, he amassed 28 sacks, 33 passes defensed, five interceptions and six forced fumbles while playing in Baltimore.

7.  Chris McAlister

Served as the #1 corner on the Ravens for a full decade.  The two time All-Pro and three time Pro-Bowler was an integral part of the Ravens first championship team, including an interception in the Super Bowl.

8.  Marshal Yanda

The consummate teammate and tough man has played his entire nine year career in Baltimore.  Widely considered one of the best lineman in the league, he has earned All Pro recognition four times and Pro Bowl selections five times.

9.  Peter Boulware

The second most prolific pass rusher in team history (70 sacks), his career spanned nine seasons, all for the Ravens.  1997 Defensive Rookie of the Year, 1999 All-Pro and four time Pro Bowler.

10.  Jamal Lewis

The bruising running back helped carry a underwhelming Ravens offense to a championship during his rookie season.  Lead the league in rushing in 2003 (2066 yards, 295 in one game), elected the 2003 Offensive Player of the Year.

11.  Todd Heap

The franchise's all time leader in touchdown receptions (41), is the gold standard at the Tight End position.  Played ten seasons for the Ravens, earning All-Pro recognition once and Pro Bowl selections twice.

12.  Ray Rice

The now infamous dual threat running back played six seasons for the Ravens.  Lead the NFL in yards from scrimmage in 2011, two time All-Pro and three time Pro Bowl selection.

13.  Michael McCrary

Defensive end played in Baltimore for six seasons, posting more than 50 sacks.  Two-time Pro Bowler, Super Bowl Champion and Ravens Ring of Honor member.

14.  Adalius Thomas

The versatile defender played seven seasons in Baltimore.  Two-time All Pro and Pro Bowler accumulated 38.5 sacks, six fumble recoveries, six interceptions and three touchdowns for the Ravens.

15.  Kelly Gregg

"Buddy Lee" was a ten year nose guard for the Ravens.  Often underrated around the league, he did not garner much individual recognition, but helped the Ravens to multiple lofty team defensive rankings and recorded the fifth most tackles in the team's history.

16.  Derrick Mason

The franchise's all time leader in receptions (471) and receiving yards (5777).  Played six seasons for the Ravens, serving as Joe Flacco's security blanket early in his career.

17.  Rod Woodson

Only played three years for the Ravens, but made the most of them.  Earned Pro-Bowl recognition in each of his seasons with the Ravens and won the only Super Bowl of his Hall of fame career while providing veteran leadership on the 2000 Ravens record setting defense.

18.  Jarrett Johnson

Played in a team record 129 straight games over nine season with the Ravens.  Never earned personal recognition, as one of the most underrated players in the league, but was a very consistent and important part of the team's defensive heritage.

19.  Torrey Smith

Caught the second most touchdowns in franchise history over four seasons with the team.  The speedy wideout had a knack for making huge plays in rivalry games and the playoffs.

20.  Matt Stover

The Ravens all-time scoring leader (1464 points), was the team's kicker for thirteen seasons.  Third most accurate kicker in league history was a two time All Pro and helped carry an inept Ravens offense for many years.

Honorable Mention: Rob Burnett, Mike Flynn, Edwin Mulitalo, Bart Scott, Jamie Sharper, Tony Siragusa, Ben Grubbs, Lardarius Webb, Matt Birk, Anquan Boldin, Duane Starks, Dawan Landry, Jermaine Lewis, Shannon Sharpe, Samari Rolle

Is Woodson too high or Rice too low on the list?  Who are your Top 20 Ravens?  Sound off in the comments section.