- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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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 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 ...
No. 14: Eugene Monroe
Position: Offensive tackle
Total points: 177. First-place votes: One.
Highest ranking: No. 1. Lowest ranking: No. 19.
What you need to know: The Ravens re-signed Monroe to a five-year, $37.5 million contract in free agency after trading two picks (a fourth- and a fifth-rounder) to Jacksonville for him last season. He's a significant upgrade over Bryant McKinnie, and his athleticism should fit well in Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme. Monroe was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2009 draft.
Where Monroe should be ranked: I had Monroe ranked one spot higher than this, but this is the neighborhood where he should be listed. Although Monroe isn't a Pro Bowl blocker, he's the best left tackle that the Ravens have had since Jonathan Ogden retired. He's consistent, athletic, hard-working and young. At 27, he can be the long-term answer to Joe Flacco's blind side.
File this away: One of the more durable left tackles in the NFL, Monroe has missed only four games in five seasons.
What the Ravens are saying about Monroe: "Eugene is going to be a leader for us for many years to come. He's going to be an anchor for us for many years to come." -- 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).