Ravens' projected starting lineup

May, 4, 2012
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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:

OFFENSE

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.

DEFENSE

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.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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