Defensive

July 26, 2002|By Brent Jones

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

99 Michael McCrary

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 260 Age: 32 Year: 10

College: Wake Forest Acquired: UFA '97

Unquestioned leader of revamped defensive line, has worked hard rehabilitating knee injury that shortened good 2001 season.

97 Kelly Gregg

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 285 Age: 25 Year: 4

College: Oklahoma Acquired: FA '00

Known for hustle but with a small frame, will have to hold up as only nose tackle in new defensive alignment.

98 Anthony Weaver

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 300 Age: 21 Year: Rookie

College: Notre Dame Acquired: D2 '02

Must have biggest impact of any rookie if team is to get any production out of defensive line.

94 Marques Douglas

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 270 Age: 25 Year: 4

College: Howard Acquired: FA '01

Has to back up at end and tackle. Because of McCrary's age and health and Weaver's inexperience, likely will see as much playing time as starters.

78 Josh McKibben

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 285 Age: 23 Year: Rookie

College: Central Florida Acquired: FA '02

Played well in big games, recording 13 tackles vs. Clemson and 11 vs. Virginia Tech.

77 Robert Malone

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 260 Age: 22 Year: Rookie

College: Alabama State Acquired: FA '02

Had seven sacks as senior (second on team), 17 tackles for losses and started all 12 games.

79 Salem Simon

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 283 Age: 23 Year: Rookie

College: Northwestern Acquired: FA '02

Played all four years, finishing with 127 tackles and four sacks. Started at end last year, but Ravens want him at tackle.

91 Omari Jordan

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 313 Age: 24 Year: Rookie

College: Buffalo Acquired: FA '02

Should be able to hold up physically at tackle with good size/weight combination.

92 Maake Kemoeatu

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 312 Age: 23 Year: Rookie

College: Utah Acquired: FA '02

All-Mountain West Conference honorable mention after finishing with 30 tackles as senior.

93 Nate Bolling

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 287 Age: 23 Year: Rookie

College: Wake Forest Acquired: FA '02

All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team. Had 21 tackles for losses as senior, second in conference.

LINEBACKERS

52 Ray Lewis

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 245 Age: 27 Year: 7

College: Miami Acquired: D1 '96

Team took step back last season, but his play did not (196 tackles). With Rod Woodson and Shannon Sharpe gone, Lewis is sole leader.

58 Peter Boulware

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 255 Age: 27 Year: 6

College: Florida State Acquired: D1 '97

When injury-free, he's one of NFL's top pass rushers. Rushing as stand-up linebacker in new scheme may provide even more chances for sacks.

96 Adalius Thomas

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 270 Age: 24 Year: 3

College: S. Mississippi Acquired: D6 '00

Progression as full-time linebacker has been slow, but team feels he can make most impact from that position.

56 Edgerton Hartwell

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 250 Age: 24 Year: 2

College: Western Illinois Acquired: D4 '01

Will be called upon to start inside next to Lewis after year as understudy. Seems ready for the chance.

54 Shannon Taylor

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 247 Age: 27 Year: 3

College: Virginia Acquired: FA '01

Showed glimpses of pass-rushing ability as late-season addition in 2001. Injured shoulder slowed his progress.

57 Bart Scott

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 235 Age: 22 Year: Rookie

College: Southern Illinois Acquired: FA '02

Has been most impressive linebacker during off-season practices. If he can hit as well as he can run, he'll play some this year.

53 Gary Davis

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 230 Age: 22 Year: Rookie

College: New Mexico Acquired: FA '02

All-Mountain West Conference in senior season. Holds school record for tackles behind line of scrimmage in season with 20.

50 Rod Taylor

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 257 Age: 23 Year: Rookie

College: Ala.-Birmingham Acquired: FA '02

Captain in Blue-Gray game. All-Conference USA first-team as senior after recording 20 tackles for losses.

55 J.R. Johnson

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 240 Age: 22 Year: Rookie

College: Syracuse Acquired: FA '02

Special teams standout, he once won Big East Special Teams Player of Week for five-tackle performance.

46 Louis Green

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 228 Age: 22 Year: Rookie

College: Alcorn State Acquired: FA '02

Three-year starter had seven sacks and 88 tackles as senior.

48 Andre Arnold

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 235 Age: 22 Year: Rookie

College: Grambling State Acquired: FA '02

Did not sign until after first minicamp but was able to make up some ground.

51 Casey Tisdale

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 251 Age: 26 Year: 1

College: New Mexico Acquired: FA '02

Spent time in the World League and on the Kansas City practice squad last year.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

21 Chris McAlister

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 206 Age: 25 Year: 4

College: Arizona Acquired: D1 '99

To make Pro Bowl, he needs to stop having two to three bad games a year.

28 Gary Baxter

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 204 Age: 23 Year: 2

College: Baylor Acquired: D2 '01

Takes Duane Starks' spot at cornerback and can expect to see as many deep balls come his way as Starks did.

20 Ed Reed

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 205 Age: 23 Year: Rookie

College: Miami Acquired: D1 '02

Won't find it as easy to make big plays as he did in college, but will get the chance because of Rod Woodson's departure.

42 Anthony Mitchell

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 211 Age: 27 Year: 3

College: Tuskegee Acquired: FA '99

Made mark on special teams past two years. Needs to have similar success as starting strong safety.

38 James Trapp

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