Have you ever wondered what the All-Time Team for the Ravens would look like? There are obvious answers to certain positions like inside linebacker, free safety, and left tackle, but what about the rest of the roster? Fans recently voted for their choice of player at each position, and while most selections come as little to no surprise, others lead way to quite the debate.
While the Ravens have lacked top-end offenses for a large portion of their existence as a franchise, there have still been some impressive players to come through on that side of the ball, making for some tough choices at certain positions.
- Quarterback: Lamar Jackson
- Running back: Jamal Lewis
- Fullback: Vonta Leach
- Wide receiver: Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith Sr.
- Tight end: Todd Heap
- Offensive tackle: Jonathan Odgen, Ronnie Stanley
- Guard: Marshal Yanda, Kelechi Osemele
- Center: Matt Birk
Jackson beating Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco may come as a bit of a surprise. While Jackson is clearly the better player, as evident by winning the second ever unanimous MVP award in his first full season as a starter, Flacco’s postseason success cannot be understated.
In his 11 years with Baltimore, Flacco won 10 playoff games, eight of which on the road, with his most notable performances coming during a historic playoff run culminating in beating the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Jackson is the obvious answer if you are asking who the better quarterback is, but he has yet to put a dent into the playoff success experienced with Flacco at the helm.
The omission of WR Derrick Mason will surely spark much debate as well. Mason is the all-time franchise leader in receiving yards with 5,777 yards. It’s undisputed that Boldin belongs here, so Mason would have to replace Steve Smith Sr., who is a fan favorite despite only playing three seasons in Baltimore at the end of his storied career.
The defensive selections are less controversial:
- Defensive tackle: Haloti Ngata, Tony Siragusa
- Defensive end: Michael McCrary
- Outside linebacker: Terrell Suggs, Peter Boulware
- Inside linebacker: Ray Lewis, C.J. Mosley
- Cornerback: Chris McAlister, Marlon Humphrey
- Free safety: Ed Reed
- Strong safety: Rod Woodson
It is quite impressive for Humphrey to join such elite company after only three seasons in the NFL. He has quickly emerged as one of the best corners in the NFL.
As for special teams, there should be absolutely no surprises here:
- Kicker: Justin Tucker
- Punter: Sam Koch
- Long snapper: Morgan Cox
- Return specialist: Jacoby Jones
If Tucker isn’t already the best kicker of all time, he surely will be when he hangs his cleats up. Koch has been one of the best and most consistent punters in the league throughout his career and Cox is as steady as a rock.
Jones only played for the Ravens for three seasons but his role in the Super Bowl run was second only to Flacco with many to this day even arguing that he should have won Super Bowl MVP instead.
What are your thoughts on the Ravens All-Time Team as voted by the fans?
Which QB deserved to make the list?
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Which combination of WRs would you choose?
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Boldin & Smith Sr.
Boldin & Mason
Mason & Smith Sr.