Ravens 2014 player rankings: No. 2

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: Guard

Total points: 300. First-place votes: Six.

Highest ranking: No. 1. Lowest ranking: No. 15.

What you need to know: Yanda has built a reputation for being one of the toughest and most consistent offensive linemen in the NFL. A third-round pick in the 2007 draft, Yanda initially started at right tackle before settling into his more natural position of guard. Despite numerous injuries (thigh, shoulder and two knee operations), Yanda graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 guard in 2012 and slipped to No. 15 last season. He's gone to three straight Pro Bowls.

Where Yanda should be ranked: The toughest decision for me was whether to rank Yanda or linebacker Terrell Suggs at No. 1. I went with Suggs because he's the more talented player. His combination of speed, power and determination makes him a playmaker. Suggs has the potential to be one of the top defensive players in the league again. While Yanda gets more out of his ability, he won't be in the conversation for best offensive player in the NFL.

File this away: Yanda has allowed a total of two sacks over the past two seasons, a span of 30 games.

What the Ravens are saying about Marshal Yanda: “Marshal Yanda can definitely be in the conversation of the best guards in the game. I don't think there's more of a blue-collar guy in the NFL." -- linebacker Terrell Suggs

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. 3: Terrell Suggs

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