Ravens 2014 player rankings: No. 18

June, 25, 2014
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ESPN.com polled 18 Baltimore media members for their top 20 players on the 2014 Baltimore Ravens roster. The countdown will cover the four weeks between the end of minicamp and 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 ...

No. 18: Marlon Brown

Position: Wide receiver

Total points: 52.

Highest ranking: No. 10. Lowest ranking: Not ranked.

What you need to know: Brown was the best rookie on offense last season, making 49 receptions and catching seven touchdown passes after going undrafted. He won't have to start after the Ravens signed Steve Smith in free agency, but Brown is the favorite to be the team's No. 3 wide receiver.

Where Brown should be ranked: I was one of the seven voters who didn't have Brown in their top 20. Brown has a strong upside, but I don't see him matching the numbers he put up as a rookie. Steve Smith, Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta and even Owen Daniels should get more passes thrown their way than Brown.

File this away: Brown tied a rookie franchise record with seven touchdowns last season and became the first rookie in team history to score a touchdown in his first two games.

What the Ravens are saying about Brown: “He's a big, strong guy with body control and catch radius. Joe [Flacco] can put the ball around him, and he can make an adjustment and go make the catch, and that's really valuable in the red zone.” -- 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).

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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