Ravens 2014 player rankings: No. 10

ESPN.com polled 18 Baltimore media members for their top 20 players on the 2014 Baltimore Ravens roster. The countdown will run through the middle of July, just before the start of training camp. You can click here for an introduction on how the blog put together the rankings.

Let's continue the countdown ...


Position: Kicker

Total points: 194. First-place votes: None.

Highest ranking: No. 2. Lowest ranking: Not ranked.

What you need to know: Tucker was named the Ravens' Most Valuable Player last year by the local media. Last season, he set team records with 140 points and 38 field goals. His streak of 33 straight field goals ranked as the fourth-longest in NFL history. Tucker kicked three game-winning field goals in 2013. He was invited to his first Pro Bowl last season.

Where Justin Tucker should be ranked: Tucker ranked much lower on my list, coming in at No. 15. The numbers show that Tucker is one of the top kickers in the game. And, if I was ranking kickers in the NFL, Tucker would be in my top five. The problem for me is putting a kicker in the top half of the rankings when you're talking about an entire team. I couldn't put Tucker in front of Ray Rice, Jacoby Jones, Eugene Monroe and Daryl Smith.

File this away: Tucker has the highest career field goal percentage (91.9 percent) among all active kickers with at least 60 attempts. Dallas' Dan Bailey is second at 90.8 percent.

What the Ravens are saying about Justin Tucker: “I think the thing we all recognize is that when you’re a professional, the journey never stops. You don’t ever arrive. You’re continuing to try to improve all aspects of your game. Justin has been doing that.” -- special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg

Here is the panel of voters: Morgan Adsit (WBFF-TV), Clifton Brown (Comcast SportsNet Baltimore), Jerry Coleman (105.7 The Fan), Bruce Cunnningham (WBFF-TV), Steve Davis (105.7 The Fan), John Eisenberg (Baltimore Ravens website), Pete Gilbert (WBAL-TV), David Ginsburg (Associated Press), Brent Harris (Comcast SportsNet Baltimore), Brett Hollander (WBAL Radio), Luke Jones (WNST Radio), Joe Platania (the Press Box), Gerry Sandusky (WBAL-TV), Mark Viviano (WJZ-TV), Aaron Wilson (Baltimore Sun), Matt Zenitz (Carroll County Times), Jeff Zrebiec (Baltimore Sun) and Jamison Hensley (ESPN.com).

Recapping the Ravens' countdown so far:

No. 11: Daryl Smith

No. 12: Steve Smith

No. 13: Ray Rice

No. 14: Eugene Monroe

No. 15: Jacoby Jones

No. 16: Kelechi Osemele

No. 17: Matt Elam

No. 18: Marlon Brown

No. 19: Owen Daniels

No. 20: C.J. Mosley