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

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Throughout their 18-year history the Ravens have had a difficult time discovering and developing talent at the position of wide receiver. It was once so bad that prior to the 2011 second round selection of Torrey Smith, fans dreaded the thought of the Ravens burning a first round pick on a wide receiver.

We have Travis Taylor and Mark Clayton to thank for that.

The absence of a prototypical No. 1 WR has only added fuel to the fire of Baltimore’s yearning for a player in the mold of a Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald. So far none have come even remotely close.

Be that as it may, we still need five pass catchers to complete our wide receiver corps. Our kick return specialist, either Jacoby Jones or Jermaine Lewis will be our sixth receiver.

Here are our candidates for the other five slots:

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Perhaps some of these receivers have been hamstrung by poor quarterback play, less than cutting edge play design, or both. Yet of those who have moved on to other teams, none other than Boldin succeeded at levels that were measurably better than their numbers here in Charm City.

It’s been said before that Baltimore is where wide receivers’ careers go to die. Perhaps Gary Kubiak’s offense can put that notion to rest.

So far we’ve voted upon 31 of the 53 spots and with this poll we’ll add 5 more at wide receiver (remembering that Jacoby Jones or Jermaine Lewis, Return Specialists, will double as our sixth WR). The leaders so far are as follows:

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback (2): Joe Flacco, Vinny Testaverde VOTE HERE
  • Running Back (3): Jamal Lewis, Ray Rice, Priest Holmes/Willis McGahee (tie) VOTE HERE
  • Center (1): Matt Birk
  • Guard (4): Marshal Yanda, Ben Grubbs, Edwin Mulitalo, Kelechi Osemele VOTE HERE

DEFENSE

  • Defensive Linemen (8): Haloti Ngata, Mike McCrary, Kelly Gregg, Tony Siragusa, Jarret Johnson, Sam Adams, Rob Burnett, Trevor Pryce VOTE HERE
  • Cornerback (6): Chris McAlister, Lardarius Webb, Duane Starks, Jimmy Smith, Samari Rolle, Corey Graham VOTE HERE
  • Safety (3): Ed Reed, Rod Woodson, Dawan Landry VOTE HERE

SPECIALISTS

  • Long Snapper (1) ~ Morgan Cox
  • Return Specialist (1) ~ Jacoby Jones VOTE HERE
  • Punter (1) ~ Sam Koch
  • Kicker (1) ~ Matt Stover

Now without further ado, on to the voting for wide receiver…

Which 5 from the list below should be on the Ravens All-Time 53-man roster? (Pick 5)
Total voters: 477
Michael Jackson (13%)
Derrick Alexander (5%)
Qadry Ismail (16%)
Travis Taylor (1%)
Derrick Mason (21%)
Mark Clayton (4%)
Anquan Boldin (20%)
Torrey Smith (20%)
This poll has completed. Thank you for voting.
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6 Raves on “FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, WR

  1. Cheri on said:

    Tony If I may add and if you care to respond back but do you think it should be 6 corners which you have and 4 safeties and not 3 ? Isn’t that what most teams including the Ravens usually have.? Also wouldn’t it be prudent to have a backup center or would someone like Marshall Yanda fill in there with this team we are all putting together.Care for your thoughts on this.
    Your right about the WR group not an overly impressive list there to chose from. The easy ones for me were Anquan (almost said Q but forgot that Ismail goes by the name Q too) Torry and Mason. I had a tough choice deciding on the final two between Jackson, Alexander and Ismail but went with Jackson and Alexander.Basing this on how good our offense was when those guys were here and well Ismail paid the price with playing on some bad offenses when he was here.

    • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

      Cheri if there was more talent at safety we may have gone that way. We’ll have a practice squad as well and I’m sure we’ll find a safety for insurance purposes. As for center, if you read the lead-in to the guard ballot we asked for the voters to keep in mind a guard with some versatility to play center as well. We’ll probably put someone like Jason Brown on the PS.

      • Cheri on said:

        OK I understand now.Maybe I missed that blur somehow.If I had to vote for a 4th safety though i would had went with Kim Herring. I believe I even went with Herring over Landry as my 3rd safety. Jason Brown would be a very wise choice for swing G/C as well as Mike Flynn. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

  2. James on said:

    I was surprised Alexander didn’t receive more votes . Boldin, Smith and Mason were givens, but the rest was up in the air. I am a huge Q fan but my gut said to go with Alexander. And after seeing his stats stack up to Q’s, but he was only with the Ravens for 2 years I knew I made the right decision. And when I think about the Ravens’ early seasons I think Michael Jackson

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