The production from the Baltimore Ravens is no coincidence. The front office assembled a fantastic core of players and they’re clicking with each other and against their opposition, which has me ready to talk about how great they’re all performing.
Left tackle — Ronnie Stanley
He is a player that went from talks of ‘potential’ to production. He’s shutting down star pass rushers on a weekly basis. He’s a critical component to the rushing offense averaging over 200 yards per game. This man is going to get paid and he will have the personal hardware to back up the billing.
Right guard — Marshal Yanda
He continues to define what an interior offensive lineman is capable of. He’s opening holes for Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards to sprint through. He’s pulling to the left side to follow Ronnie Stanley and Nick Boyle to blow open the lanes for Jackson when he keeps it. Yanda is the best in the NFL and another vital component to the offense as a whole.
Tight End — Mark Andrews
The Salt Bae is fourth in yards (693), sixth in receptions (53) and tied for first in touchdowns (7). He also leads all tight ends in 20+ yard receptions (13) and tied for third in first downs gained (36). The name recognition of Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz might push Andrews off first-team All-Pro but Andrews’ pace and scoring ability, especially during this gauntlet schedule, shows he’s unquestionably a top tight end in this league.
Kicker — Justin Tucker
There is no one better—in history—than Justin Tucker. This season, Tucker has completed 22 of 23 field goal attempts. The lone miss was a 43-yard attempt. He has also completed 42/43 extra points. The lone missed PAT being his second missed extra point missed since high school. He also just buried a 49-yard game-winning field goal against the second-best team in the league, on a rain-soaked Baltimore field. No one is better.
Cornerback — Marlon Humphrey
The dude’s been absolutely balling all season. He was the reason for the Ravens victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has notched two interceptions, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries totaling 91 yards and two touchdowns. He’s credited with nine passes defensed and has shut down most opposing receivers. The reason the Ravens traded for Marcus Peters was due to Humphrey shutting down one side of the field and the opponent would target the opposite side, which was Maurice Canady at times. Humphrey is well deserving of a First-Team All-Pro nomination.
Quarterback — Lamar Jackson
No way Jackson wins the League MVP but misses First-Team All-Pro. He’s unquestionably the best player the league right now and the only thing that has slowed him down is the rain in Seattle and Baltimore. Otherwise, he’s carving through defenses in ways we have not seen on the gridiron before.
Free Safety — Earl Thomas
Center field is not being targeted. Offenses refuse to test him. He’s still managed two interceptions when foolish courage overwhelms a quarterback to throw deep middle and he’s also notched four passes defensed. The gorgeous takeaway stats are nice but it’s even better when your presence simply eliminates anything above 20 yards that isn’t a sideline fade.
Right Tackle — Orlando Brown Jr.
I believe he could land on the All-Pro list but I think the NFL will snub somebody on the offensive line from an accolade due to the surplus of talent. Zeus Jr. is another important piece and I think he should make it.
Outside Linebacker — Matt Judon
Though Judon’s played a great season, there are other linebackers with prettier stats that deserve the attention of the voters. Judon has seven sacks on the season, good for 11th in the rankings. Meanwhile, Shaquil Barrett has 14.5 and has six forced fumbles. So, it is not Judon under-performing, because he’s not; it’s the sheer talent at pass rusher in this league which edges him out.