<
>

Rookie Watch: McPhee worthy of PT

Led by Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs, the Ravens might have the best defensive line in all of football. Not only does this unit have top star power, but it is also extremely deep.

Breaking into this rotation and making a big impact isn't easy to do as a rookie, but that is exactly what Pernell McPhee has accomplished. His performance just demands playing time now. McPhee has the size and body type to be Baltimore's heavier defensive end -- in the Cory Redding mold -- in its 4-3. Or he can line up at end when the Ravens use their 3-4.

But what he does best -- by a wide margin -- is rush the passer from an inside alignment. And this impressive skill was on full display in Week 13, when McPhee was consistently disruptive when he saw the field. Over the last 10 games, McPhee has registered at least half a sack in six of those contests, but he's been doing his best work lately. Something tells me more playing time is heading McPhee's way. He is very deserving.

Scouts Inc. watches games, breaks down film and studies football from all angles for ESPN.com.