Thursday, September 7, 2017

Baltimore Ravens All-Time All-Rookie Team

OPINION
By John Turney

This year we are picking All-Time All-Rookie squads for each of the NFL franchises. This iteration is the Ravens:
Since 1996, the first year of the Baltimore Ravens, likely no team has had more good rookies. The players on our Second-team would qualify for the First-team on several franchises.

Jonathan Ogden is a HOF left tackle but he began his career as a guard. Marshal Yanda is an All-Pro guard but began as a tackle and played well. Ben Grubbs was All-Rookie in 2007 as was Michael OherJoe Flacco was 11-5 as a starter in 2008 and led the Ravens to the playoffs. Jamal Lewis rushed for 1364 yards as a rookie and was part of the 2000 Super Bowl Champions.

Defensively Ray Lewis made 110 tackles and 16.5 of them were run/pass stuffs and that number unofficially led the NFL. Terrell Suggs was the 2003 AP Defensive Player of the Year and totaled 12 sacks and 5 forced fumbles. Haloti Ngata was an All-Rookie choice in 2006 as he anchored the Ravens run defense from his shade tackle position. Timmy Jernigan was an All-Rookie selection in 2014 as was C.J. Mosley.

Ed Reed and Dawan Landry were All-Rookie choices in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Landry had three sacks and picked off five passes. Reed also picked off five passes and blocked a pair of punts.

Zastudill was All-Rookie but Koch had the better season and thus was rewarded with the First-team slot. Sams and Figurs also were All-Rookie but also had the top seasons as well and were First-team choices.

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1 comment:

  1. ....the starting defense though young puppies could have played against any offense. many of them not only had excellent rookie seasons; outstanding careers also.

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