Ravens 2014 player rankings: No. 3

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 this week, just before the start of training camp.

Let's continue the countdown ...


Position: Outside linebacker

Total points: 279. First-place votes: Four.

Highest ranking: No. 1. Lowest ranking: No. 12.

What you need to know: Suggs reached his sixth Pro Bowl after finishing with 10 sacks, which led the Ravens and ranked 10th in the AFC. He also ranked third on the Ravens with 80 tackles. Last season, Suggs looked like the best player in the league for the first two months, making 60 tackles and nine sacks in his first eight games. He just couldn't sustain that dominance and finished with 20 tackles and one sack in the last eight games.

Where Suggs should be ranked: I was one of the four voters who had Suggs ranked No. 1. Sure, there are doubts whether he can reach his level of play in 2011, when he was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. But he's only 31. Suggs has the most talent on the team and can be a special player again this year.

File this away: The Ravens are 55-22 when Suggs records at least one sack. They are 14-1 when Suggs gets two or more sacks and 5-0 when he delivers three sacks.

What the Ravens are saying about Terrell Suggs: “With the draft and with free agency, I’ve had the opportunity to go back and just watch some players. A lot of time when we watch players, we like to see how they play against our team. While doing that, I gained a new appreciation for how Terrell affects offenses." -- general manager Ozzie Newsome

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. 4: Haloti Ngata

No. 5: Jimmy Smith

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