Not many Ravens division all-stars

Not many Ravens division all-stars
November 8, 2012, 8:00 am
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Jamison Hensley, ESPN.com’s AFC North blogger, has picked his all-division team at the halfway point of the season. The first thing a Ravens fan would notice is that there aren’t that many Ravens to notice.

With five players on the list, the Ravens actually have fewest among any team in the division. Hensley picked defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, running back Ray Rice, fullback Vonta Leach, guard Marshal Yanda and place-kicker Justin Tucker.

He puts Yanda in a group of “no-brainer” picks, along with Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green and Cincinnati defensive tackle Geno Atkins, as players who are “not only the class of their positions in the division, but they are the best in the league through nine weeks.”

Hensley also acknowledges it was a tough call between the Steelers’ Mike Wallace and the Ravens’ Torrey Smith at a wide receiver.

With the Ravens defense as suspect as it has been so far this season, maybe it’s not surprising the Ravens have so few players on the ESPN list. Were he healthy, Lardarius Webb surely would have merited a cornerback position. Some poor tackling efforts and the defense’s overall poor ranking must have combined to leave Ed Reed off the list.

But on the only list that really counts, the Ravens still sit atop the division.