clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Pro Football Focus places just one Baltimore Raven in their Top 101 players of 2015

Only one Raven got the nod from the grading firm.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It's well-known that the Ravens just don't produce many superstars. The team instead is usually carried by a group of unheralded blue-collar players. Simply put, the Ravens just don't end up on these top player lists very often.

But it was a little surprising to see that just one lone Raven made Pro Football Focus' Top 101 NFL Players of 2015 list, which was released this week. Even more surprising is the fact that PFF's list isn't purely subjective, and is rooted in advanced metrics and statistics.

Here is what Pro Football Focus had to say about Marshal Yanda, their sixteenth-best player from 2015.

The best guard in football in 2015, Marshal Yanda was one of the few bright spots on a Baltimore offensive line that is not what it once was. Yanda trailed only Evan Mathis in run-blocking grade over the year, but was the best pass-blocking guard in the league, surrendering just one sack over 1,155 snaps and comfortably topping the overall grading list. Interior linemen don’t get the ink that more glamorous positions are awarded, but Yanda has been one of the league’s best players for years now, and this was just another season of dominant displays from the former Iowa product.

Best performance: Week 12 at Cleveland: +5.3

Key stat: Yanda allowed just 17 total pressures last season, and was PFF’s highest-graded guard (92.5).

This isn't surprising at all. Yanda is virtually undisputed as the league's best offensive guard. Even in his thirties, Yanda is still playing at the highest level possible, as evidenced by this ranking.

What is a little bit strange is that players like Brandon Williams and Kamar Aiken didn't crack the list. Both played extremely well last season in my mind and at the very least deserved some consideration.

But regardless of who winds up on these sorts of lists, the Ravens could care less. It's just noise to them as they prepare to try and rejoin the most exclusive list of Super Bowl Champions.