Man, I miss the dark days of the lockout when there was no football to blog about. Instead, I wrote about people criticizing Joe Flacco, Chad Ochocinco’s offseason antics and meaningless offseason lists and rankings.
Now we have preseason games, position battles and roster spots to talk about, and Week 1 and the Steelers aren’t too far on the horizon. How mundane, right? But thanks to ESPN’s Scouts Inc., we get a blast from the past to the days when I’d get a bunch of “slow news day, huh?” comments (actually, it was a slow news summer).
Scouts Inc. has completed its grading of every player in the NFL, and they released their list of the top 200 players in the NFL on Tuesday. I know we have actual football games to discuss now -- trust me, I really am happy about that -- but I figured some of you, especially dedicated Baltimore Sports Blitz commenter Bernie, would be interested to see where the folks at ESPN have ranked the top Ravens players on their list.
The Ravens had three defensive players in the top 31, and Ray Lewis wasn't one of them. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata came in at No. 12, making him the highest-ranked Ravens player. His rating was a 92, four points below the top players (Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Darrell Revis and Adrian Peterson). Safety Ed Reed was No. 21 (a 91 rating). Linebacker Terrell Suggs was No. 31 (89 rating).
Overall, the Ravens had 10 players ranked in Scouts Inc.’s top 200, including running back Ray Rice (No. 52), linebacker Ray Lewis (No. 67), center Matt Birk (No. 94), guard Marshal Yanda (No. 113), quarterback Joe Flacco (No. 115), guard Ben Grubbs (No. 170), and wide receiver Anquan Boldin (No. 191).
Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, who agreed to terms with the Ravens on Tuesday, was mysteriously absent from the list even though free agents were included. He was given an 80 rating, which would put him in the 150-175 range. Meanwhile, Michael Oher got a 73 rating, making him the 36th-rated tackle.
Other than wondering if it’s a slow news day, what are your thoughts on where these Ravens were ranked?