Moving the chains

MOVING THE CHAINS

The Kickoff

August 06, 2007|By SHEIL KAPADIA

ESPN.com recently predicted which 50 active players are most likely to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The names are listed according to probability. For instance, Brett Favre is No. 1, and Minnesota Vikings rookie running back Adrian Peterson is No. 50.

Several Ravens made the list, including Ray Lewis at No. 5. About Lewis, the Web site said: "Lewis will be remembered as the dominant force on one of the most dominant defenses in NFL history: the 2000 Ravens defense which allowed the fewest points over a 16-game season. Lewis, the league's Defensive Player of the Year in 2000, has been a disruptive force since entering the league in 1996, and at 31, he appears to have a lot left. He recorded 103 tackles last season and remains the emotional leader of a defense that's still among the league's best."

Jonathan Ogden was No. 7, with the following commentary: "Ray Lewis is the Ravens' most recognizable player, but Ogden has been in Baltimore just as long and arguably has been just as valuable. While the Ravens have struggled to pass effectively during much of Ogden's tenure, the team has relied on him to clear holes for the running game. In 2003, Ogden anchored an offensive line that helped Jamal Lewis rush for 2,066 yards. Ogden's resume is highlighted by a Super Bowl ring and 10 Pro Bowl selections.

And Ed Reed was at No. 33, with this write-up: "Reed has the proven ability to change games with big hits, big plays, run-stopping ability and tremendous coverage skills. He has scored seven touchdowns and averaged 5.4 interceptions and 65 tackles over his first five seasons. Reed already has been named to three Pro Bowls and was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2004. Although he doesn't yet have a Super Bowl ring like AFC North counterpart Troy Polamalu, Reed has the speed and versatility to possibly be considered the finest safety in NFL history one day."

skapadia@baltimoresun.com

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