Pro Football Focus published their Top 101 Players from the 2016 NFL Season, and a pair of Baltimore Ravens were ranked in the top ten. To compile these rankings, PFF uses their proprietary grading formula and does not give extra weight to premium positions.
As has become commonplace, Marshal Yanda was the very best offensive lineman in the NFL last season:
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome’s most impactful free agent acquisition in recent memory also earned placement among the top ten overall performers, as Eric Weddle was the fourth highest graded defender in the entire league:
Kicker Justin Tucker’s incredible 2016 season was also recognized in the top 101:
According to PFF, their top five players overall included three quarterback - Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Raiders edge defender Khalil Mack round out their top five. The Seattle Seahawks led all teams with eight players among the top 101.
For intradivisional comparison, the Steelers were well represented with five players on the list - Antonio Brown (#21), Le’Veon Bell (#27), Ramon Foster (#36), James Harrison (#67) and David DeCastro (#80). Cincinnati tied the Ravens with three - Andrew Whitworth (#26), Geno Atkins (#65) and Kevin Zeitler (#82).
Sturdy left tackle Joe Thomas, who ranked 38th, was the Browns lone player in their top 101. Notably, former Raven offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele was rewarded for his strong first season in Oakland with the 46th best player ranking.
In 2015, Marshal Yanda was the only Raven who merited a spot on PFF’s list of the top 101 players. Surprisingly, almost 20-percent of the list this year was comprised of first or second year players.
If Baltimore’s impressive 2016 draft class takes the next step in their development over the offseason, and the front office can stack another quality draft class loaded with high upside prospects this April, the Ravens will have the personnel in place to reclaim their standing atop the NFL in 2017.