Ravens' projected starting lineup

The AFC North blog is continuing its series on projecting the starting lineup for each team in the division. The last team to cover is the Baltimore Ravens:


QB Joe Flacco: Only Tom Brady has more playoff wins by a quarterback in his first four years than Flacco.

RB Ray Rice: Has 31 games of 100 total yards since 2009, two more than any other NFL running back in that span.

FB Vonta Leach: Lead blocker for NFL leading rusher in 2010 (Arian Foster) and the league's second-leading one (Rice ) last season.

WR Anquan Boldin: Caught 57 passes last season, his fewest catches since the 2004 season.

WR Torrey Smith: Five of his seven touchdown catches were for 25 yards or longer.

TE Ed Dickson: His five touchdown catches ranked second on the team.

LT Bryant McKinnie: Allowed the most sacks on the team last season (8.5).

LG Kelechi Osemele: Second-round pick is competing against Jah Reid for Ben Grubbs' old spot.

C Matt Birk: Has started 96 straight games, second-longest active streak among centers.

RG Marshal Yanda: Graded out as the NFL's third-best guard behind Evan Mathis and Carl Nicks, according to Pro Football Focus.

RT Michael Oher: Has committed 30 penalties, including 18 false starts, in his first three seasons.


LDE Art Jones: Battling Pernell McPhee for the spot left by Cory Redding, who signed with the Colts.

NT Terrence Cody: Ravens ranked second against the run in Cody's first full season as a starter.

RDT Haloti Ngata: Went to third Pro Bowl after 65 tackles (led Ravens' defensive line), five sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

LOLB Courtney Upshaw: First-round pick is the leading candidate to take over for Jarret Johnson.

LILB Ray Lewis: In Lewis' 16 seasons, the Ravens have held teams to less than four yards per rush every year.

RILB Jameel McClain: Free agent re-signed with the Ravens for $10.5 million over three seasons.

ROLB Paul Kruger: Logical replacement for this spot until Terrell Suggs recovers from his Achilles injury.

LCB Lardarius Webb: Best season in NFL led to a six-year, $50 million deal from the Ravens.

SS Bernard Pollard: Fourth-leading tackler in the regular season had 12 stops in the AFC title game.

FS Ed Reed: Three interceptions were his fewest ever in a 16-game season for eight-time Pro Bowl safety.

RCB Jimmy Smith: Last year's first-round pick expected to surpass Cary Williams for the other starting cornerback spot.