FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, D-Line

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The greatness of the Ravens defensive line has been the byproduct of depth, complementary players and an efficient rotation of personnel more so than the distinction of its individual contributors.

That said the Ravens have had some pretty solid defenders in the trenches over the years and in this segment of “Fan’s Choice” we’ll ask you to pick 8 players to man the defensive front of the Baltimore Ravens All-Time 53-man roster.

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* FF ~ Forced Fumbles
** PD ~ Passed Defensed

Here’s a video that features veteran lineman Kelly Gregg schooling Arthur Jones in the art of wrestling. Ray Lewis on the play-by-play.

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So far we’ve voted upon 21 of the 53 spots and with this poll we’ll add 8 more. The leaders so far are as follows:

OFFENSE

  • Running Back (3): Jamal Lewis, Ray Rice, Priest Holmes
  • Center (1): Matt Birk
  • Guard (4): Marshal Yanda, Ben Grubbs, Edwin Mulitalo, Kelechi Osemele

DEFENSE

  • Cornerback (6): Chris McAlister, Lardarius Webb, Duane Starks, Jimmy Smith, Samari Rolle, Corey Graham
  • Safety (3): Ed Reed, Rod Woodson, Dawan Landry

SPECIALISTS

  • Long Snapper (1) ~ Morgan Cox
  • Return Specialist (1) ~ Jacoby Jones
  • Punter (1) ~ Sam Koch
  • Kicker (1) ~ Matt Stover
Which 8 defensive linemen belong on the Ravens 53-man All-Time Team?
Total voters: 413
Tony Siragusa (12%)
Michael McCrary (12%)
Rob Burnett (9%)
Sam Adams (9%)
Kelly Gregg (12%)
Anthony Weaver (2%)
Marques Douglas (1%)
Jarret Johnson (11%)
Haloti Ngata (13%)
Trevor Pryce (7%)
Paul Kruger (2%)
Cory Redding (3%)
Arthur Jones (7%)
This poll has completed. Thank you for voting.
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7 Raves on “FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, D-Line

  1. Filmstudy on said:

    This is perhaps the most interesting position of all. First, a suggestion that might be to late…JJ should be at OLB and not here, but I would move Suggs to DE for his spot. Doesn’t matter much since they both make the team.

    The first 6 are easy to me:
    JJ or Suggs
    McCrary
    Burnett
    Gregg
    Ngata
    Pryce

    I have heard Siragusa termed overrated, but he was a hell of a player in 49% of the snaps for the 2000 team, which was thoroughly dominant with him on the field. He also played 5 years to 4 by Weaver with similar aggregate playing time.

    Left with 1 vote it’s then Weaver vs. Adams, the logic being this…The other contenders essentially had 2 good years with the team (Kruger, Jones, Redding). Since Adams’ 2 years were probably the greatest consecutive years ever by a Raven 3-4 DL not named “Ngata”, he beats all of those.

    Weaver’s production was consistent for 3 years, but fell off in 2005. He was a cornerstone to rebuilding the Nolan defense with the purge of 2002, but the Ravens didn’t have the defensive success as a team during his tenure and he’s a victim to that.

    Adams got my last vote.

    • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

      I put him on because he started his career as a D-Lineman, was drafted as such and moved to LB the year AD left. Plus during the Ravens history they have played a 4-3 defense and he could have been in the mix at end there.

      • Joe on said:

        Very well then. I just think it’s misleading, since JJ’s true contribution was as a LB after AD left. I couldn’t leave him off an All-Ravens team, so I used a DL spot for him. To be fair though, he’s not keeping anyone major off the DL rotation, so I guess it’s fine.

  2. Cheri on said:

    This was one of the easiest ones for me to do and after looking over the vote count it looks like it for most people as well. Like most I went with Siragusa, McCrary, Burnett,Adams. My God, how can anyone leave them off for what they bought us in the late 90′s early 2000′s as part of one of the best defenses ever and our first Super Bowl title after just four years leaving Cleveland. Then went with two of the more underrated players you will ever find in J.Johnson and K.Gregg.Of course Ngata the best DL in Ravens history and the final vote for me went to Pryce as he really got his second wind when he came to Baltimore.I thought he was somewhat done his last year in Denver but coming to the Ravens obviously gave him a spark as he went on and had a really nice couple of years here.

  3. Cheri on said:

    Thanks for clearing up JJ’s spot on the list Tony because I thought the same thing. “Why is Tony listing JJ as a DL”. Even though I still went with JJ one could obviously make the case that his impact came more as a outside LB who forced running plays inside for Ray Ray, E. Hartwell, B.Scott etc,to help pile up the tackles they did. If I would do that then I would replace JJ with A.Jones.

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