Ravens 2014 player rankings: No. 5

ESPN.com polled 18 Baltimore media members for their top 20 players on the 2014 Baltimore Ravens roster. The countdown will run through the end of the week, just before the start of training camp.

Let's continue the countdown ...


Position: Cornerback

Total points: 237. First-place votes: None.

Highest ranking: No. 3. Lowest ranking: Not ranked.

What you need to know: Before his arrest over the weekend, Smith had made headlines for being one of the best young cornerbacks in the league. Last season, Smith finally lived up to the expectations of being a first-round pick by staying healthy and playing with confidence. He limited some of the best receivers in the league: Cincinnati's A.J. Green, Cleveland’s Josh Gordon, Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown and Chicago's Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall.

Where Jimmy Smith should be ranked: Even though Smith is the Ravens' best young defender, I had him slightly lower at No. 8. He's definitely on the rise, so he could be one of the top five players on the team by the end of the season. This could be the season when Smith makes his first Pro Bowl.

File this away: Smith broke up a career-high 16 passes last season, which was five more than his first two seasons combined (11).

What the Ravens are saying about Jimmy Smith: “He, more than ever since he's been here, understands how to play corner. It makes playing a lot easier. You're not chasing your tail as a corner out there. That's what is breeding that confidence." -- coach John Harbaugh

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. 6: Elvis Dumervil

No. 7: Torrey Smith

No. 8: Lardarius Webb

No. 9: Dennis Pitta

No. 10: Justin Tucker

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