A Break From Training Camp: The Baltimore Ravens All Time 53 Man Roster

August 10, 2022

The Baltimore Ravens kick off the 2022 preseason this coming Thursday against the Tennessee Titans. It is not known if the majority of the healthy starters will dress for the game. To avoid catastrophe, I’d err on the side of caution and rest the superstars. To ease the anxious approach to the season, let’s take a look at the best 53-man roster in the Ravens’ history.

  • 3 Quarterbacks
  • 3 Running Backs
  • 1 Fullback
  • 5 Wide Receivers
  • 3 Tight Ends
  • 9 Offensive Linemen
  • 4 Defensive Ends/EDGE
  • 4 Interior Defensive Linemen
  • 4 Outside Linebackers
  • 3 Inside Linebackers
  • 6 Cornerbacks
  • 4 Safeties
  • 1 Kicker
  • 1 Punter
  • 1 Kick Returner & 1 Punt Returner

This is MY version and mine alone. I will have honorable mentions and justifications if need be.

The Offense

  1. Joe Flacco 2008-2018
  2. Lamar Jackson 2018-Present Day
  3. Steve McNair 2005-2006

Running Backs

  1. Jamal Lewis 2000-2006
  2. Ray Rice 2008-2013
  3. Willis McGahee 2007-2010
  4. FB- Vonta Leach 2011-2013

Wide Receivers

  1. Derrick Mason 2005-2010
  2. Anquan Boldin 2010-2012
  3. Michael Jackson 1996-1998
  4. Steve Smith Sr. 2014-2016
  5. Torrey Smith 2011-2014

Tight Ends

  1. Mark Andrews 2018- Present Day
  2. Todd Heap 2001-2010
  3. Shannon Sharpe 2000-2001

Offensive Line

  1. LT- Jon Ogden 1996-2008
  2. LT- Ronnie Stanley 2016-Present Day
  3. LG- Ben Grubbs 2007-2011
  4. LG- Edwin Mulitalo 1999-2006
  5. C- Matt Birk 2009-2012
  6. RG- Marshal Yanda 2007-2019
  7. RG- Kevin Zeitler 2021-Present Day
  8. RT- Orlando Brown Sr. 1996-1998 2003-2005
  9. RT- Orlando Brown Jr 2018-2020

The Defense

Defensive Ends/Edge

  1. Terrell Suggs 2003-2018
  2. Michael McCrary 1997-2002
  3. Rob Burnett 1996-2001
  4. Elvis Dumervil 2013-2016

Defensive Tackles

  1. Haloti Ngata 2006-2014
  2. Tony Siragusa 1997-2001
  3. Kelly Gregg 2000-2010
  4. Trevor Pryce 2006-2010

Outside Linebackers

  1. Peter Boulware 1997-2005
  2. Adalius Thomas 2000-2006
  3. Jamie Sharper 1997-2001
  4. Jarrett Johnson 2003-2011

Inside Linebackers

  1. Ray Lewis 1996-2012
  2. Bart Scott 2002-2008
  3. Ed Hartwell 2001-2004
  4. Jameel McClain 2009-2013

Cornerbacks

  1. Chris McAlister 1999-2008
  2. Samari Rolle 2005-2009
  3. Jimmy Smith 2011-2021
  4. Lardarius Webb 2009-2017
  5. Duane Starks 1998-2001
  6. Marlon Humphrey 2017- Present Day

Safeties

  1. Ed Reed 2002-2012
  2. Rod Woodson 1998-2001
  3. Eric Weddle 2016-2018
  4. Anthony Levine 2012-2021

Special Teams

  1. K- Justin Tucker 2012-Present Day
  2. P- Sam Koch 2006-2021
  3. KR- Jacoby Jones 2012-2014
  4. PR- Jermaine Lewis 1996-2001

Ravens Honorable Mentions

This roster is purely subjective. Picking the best 53-man roster from the franchise’s history is tough. It’s not always easy to avoid recency bias.

Offensively, the Ravens are rich at the fullback position throughout their nearly 30-year existence. Vonta Leach was the pick. Patrick Ricard was close. As were Kyle Juszcyzk and Sam Gash. Alan Ricard and Ovie Mughelli were great fullbacks. Le’Ron McClain was a hybrid back that was difficult to justify for either position.

The Ravens franchise boasts many great players at tight end as well. I wrestled with the final spot between Shannon Sharpe and Dennis Pitta. Both have a Super Bowl ring in Baltimore. I gave Sharpe the edge because of his well-known and acknowledged leadership role. Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark played well in their time here. Nick Boyle is the definition of consistent.

Defensively, arguments could be made for more than a few players. Marcus Peters missed all of 2021. Cornerback is another position of long-term depth. Cary Williams, James Trapp, Brandon Carr, Deion Sanders, Gary Baxter, and Corey Graham were all considered. Dawan Landry just missed the list of safeties. CJ Mosley and Daryl Smith missed the inside linebackers group. Corey Redding and Brandon Williams barely missed the defensive line group.

Hope you enjoy the picks!