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NFL Network is winding down its annual unveiling of the NFL's top 100 players of 2012 -- as voted by the players themselves -- and three Ravens defenders have been ranked among the league’s top 20 players by their peers.
On Wednesday night, Ravens linebackers Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed joined quarterback Joe Flacco (No. 74), fullback Vonta Leach (No. 45) and running back Ray Rice (No. 22) on the Top 100 list.
Lewis, who came in at No. 4 on the 2011 list, ranked 20th this year, which is not too shabby for his age -- 36. Reed, who was No. 5 last year, was No. 16, three spots ahead of Steelers safety Troy Polamalu. And Suggs, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, jumped 29 spots from No. 40 in 2011 to No. 11.
So are any Ravens left? Well, you could make a pretty solid argument that cornerback Lardarius Webb and guard Marshal Yanda should have cracked this year's list, but they did not.
But Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is still on the board, and he will be the only Ravens player to be voted a top-10 player by his peers this year. He will be jockeying for position with quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers and players such as cornerback Darrelle Revis and wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
Tune into NFL Network next Wednesday at 8 p.m. for the top 10.
What are your thoughts on the rankings? Who got snubbed? Which Ravens were underrated? And were any ranked a little higher than they should have been? Leave your take in the comments section.