So, this is a list of the 10 best Ravens players of all time. It was very difficult to make this list because there are so many choices. But this is what I came up with and I have given a description for each. You don’t have to agree and that is completely okay. This is my top Ravens players list.
The criteria for this list include many different things from longevity within the organization, major individual awards, Super Bowl titles, and of course Hall of Fame nominations. There is only one current Ravens player on the list. I imagine you can guess who that is. I may get some backlash for ranking him above Joe Flacco, but let’s be honest, he is the better Ravens player.
Who are the best Baltimore Ravens players of all time?
Best Baltimore Ravens Player #10: Joe Flacco
Now, some people may not like that I have Joe Flacco at #10 and Lamar Jackson at #8, but I am sure there are just as many people who would agree that Lamar Jackson is the better Ravens player. Flacco obviously has to be on the list because he won a Super Bowl with the Ravens and leads in many QB categories for the Ravens.
However, that is exactly saying much because other than Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson, the Ravens haven’t really had a good QB for any extended period of time. Flacco definitely isn’t the best QB in the NFL and he never was. But he got the job done and took the Ravens to their second Super Bowl, so he belongs on the list.
Top Ravens Player #9: Derrick Mason
Derrick Mason is the most productive player that the Ravens ever had a the wide receiver position. He is the all-time leader in receiving yards and receptions for the Ravens. This was hard because I wanted to put Anquan Boldin, but Mason gave the Ravens 5,777 receiving yards to Boldin’s 2,645.
Mason was in Baltimore for double the time. That’s the biggest reason I had to put him over Boldin. At the end of the day, no wide receiver in Baltimore Ravens history did more with less than Derrick Mason.
Best Ravens Player #8: Lamar Jackson
Like I said, some Ravens fans may not agree with having Lamar Jackson over Flacco in the rankings, but it’s clear to me. Lamar is only the second unanimous MVP in NFL history. He did that in his first full season as a starter, while also breaking the QB rushing record.
No QB in Ravens history has ever been as good as Lamar Jackson. He has had the most regular season success out of any QB in Ravens history. Flacco did win a Super Bowl, but he never went to a Pro Bowl or won any individual awards.
Top Ravens Player #7: Todd Heap
Todd Heap is second on the Ravens all-time receiving yards list, only trailing Derrick Mason. He is also the franchise leader in receiving touchdowns with 41. For most of his time in Baltimore, Heap was the go-to-target. He was very reliable at catching the ball.
Not only was Heap a great receiving tight end, but his blocking was also above average as well. If you are a Ravens fan, you may have screamed “HEEEEEEEEAP!!!” at some point during a game.
Best Baltimore Ravens Player #6: Haloti Ngata
Even if you don’t watch Baltimore Ravens football, I am sure you remember Haloti Ngata from the Royal Farms chicken commercials! Ngata was the man in the middle of the Ravens defense for a long time and he did a great job being that guy. He helped to free up everyone around him to make plays, as well as making some himself (25.5 sacks, 5 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles).
Haloti Ngata was a quiet and strong leader. You may most notably remember him as the guy who broke Ben Roethlisberger’s nose.
Top Ravens Player #5: Marshall Yanda
Yanda is easily a future Hall of Famer. The 8-time Pro Bowler was the heart and soul of the Ravens offensive line up until his retirement. He embodied every game what the phrase, “Play Like a Raven” meant. Honestly, when he retired after 13 years, Yanda was still playing at the top of his game. In fact, he started every single game of his career.
Definitely one of the best guards to ever play in the NFL.
Best Ravens Player #4: Terrell Suggs
Suggs is the Ravens’ career sacks leader with 132.5 sacks! He was very consistent and dominant over his career in Baltimore. He went to 7 Pro Bowls and earned a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens. Not only did Suggs have a great personality, but he was also a freak athlete.
In 2011, Suggs was the defensive player of the year with 52 tackles, 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles, and two interceptions. He also won Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2003.
Best Baltimore Ravens Player #3: Jonathan Ogden
Jonathan Ogden was the Ravens’ first-ever draft pick for the franchise. He was also the first Raven to be selected to the Hall of Fame. Ogden made the Pro Bowl every year from 1997 to 2007, only missing it his rookie year. Not many players perform at the highest level every game, but Ogden did.
Top Ravens Player #2: Ed Reed
I don’t need to justify Ed Reed being here. However, I almost had to put him at #1. He is my personal favorite Ravens player of all time. Reed is also in the Hall of Fame.
Ed Reed leads the NFL in interception return yardage all-time (1,590) on 64 interceptions. Reed also had 13 career touchdowns as a defensive player. When he got the ball in his hands, the fans and everyone else knew he was going to try whatever to get into the end zone (even pitching it to someone else).
I would say Ed Reed is the best play-maker on defense that the NFL has ever seen. It’s not up for discussion either.
Best Ravens Player #1: Ray Lewis
Ray Lewis, the heart and soul of the Baltimore Ravens defense for years. Lewis was the second Ravens player to be drafted and the second to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
Lewis was the leader of the Ravens defense every year he was there. He won two Super Bowls with the Ravens. He is only one of 5 players to win the AP Defensive Player of the Year award twice. Lewis was the centerpiece of a Ravens defense that was the best of all time. They gave up an all-time low of 165 points in the 2000 regular season.
Who is on your best Ravens players of all time list?
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