With the NFL’s unveiling of the top 100 players of 2018 nearing conclusion, only one Ravens’ player has appeared on the list. Baltimore linebacker C.J. Mosley was voted as the 98th best player, and could very likely be the only Raven to make the list. Which players are truly deserving of making the list for Baltimore?
Future Hall of Fame linebacker Terrell Suggs seemed to reverse time in 2017, as he finished his 15th season with 37 tackles, 11 sacks, four forced fumbles and a trip to the Pro Bowl. Leading the Ravens in sacks and forced fumbles at 35, Suggs looked the part of the young dominant pass rusher he once was for Baltimore. Suggs could possibly still make the list, as he is one of the most respected linebackers among his peers in the league, who are the voters for this list.
Former Seahawks’ running back Alex Collins burst onto the scene for the Ravens in 2017, quickly becoming the most exciting player for Baltimore’s offense in recent years. Despite only starting for 12 games last season, Collins was able to rush for 973 yards and six touchdowns. If Collins had started at running back from Week One, he would have smashed past a 1,000-yard season. Collins seemed to be the only sign of life for the Ravens’ offense at times last year, and was able to completely put the team on his back in some games.
Possibly the most disrespected player on the Ravens and one of the most underrated players in the entire league, cornerback Jimmy Smith enjoyed a fantastic season in 2017. Before tearing his Achilles in Week 13, Smith continually shut down number one receivers while also recording three interceptions. Smith also allowed the fourth-lowest passer rating in coverage among cornerbacks last season. The fact that Smith played so well with an injured Achilles all year makes his already impressive 2017 season an incredible one. Smith has never garnered the recognition he deserves like other top corners such as Jalen Ramsey, Richard Sherman and Xavier Rhodes, despite shutting down elite receivers such as Antonio Brown regularly.
In his second year in Baltimore, Eric Weddle tied for third in the league for interceptions with six. Weddle also tallied 49 tackles, one sack, eight passes defensed, one touchdown and two forced fumbles, gaining him an invite to the Pro Bowl. Weddle once again was a huge difference maker for the Ravens’ defense, often making critical game-changing interceptions. Despite missing a few key tackles, Weddle had another very impressive season and deserves the recognition of the top 100 players list.