5-ILB: Ray Lewis, Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe, Tavares Gooden, Brendon Ayanbadejo
2-OLB: Jarret Johnson, Sergio Kindle
2-OLB/DE: Terrell Suggs, Paul Kruger
The Ravens linebacker corp is one of the best in the NFL and is also one of the best units on the team along with the defensive line. The Ravens linebackers are still led by veteran All Pro inside linebacker Ray Lewis but also have plenty of up-and-coming talents and star players.
The most talented player is certainly All Pro outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who led the team with 11 sacks last season. Suggs is a complete, hybrid linebacker and can rush the passer and defend the run with equal proficiency.
On the other side of the defense, Jarret Johnson quietly does his job and may be the most overlooked and underrated player on the team. His ability to stop the run may be the best in the entire league for a linebacker, and after he played through an injury last season, he’s looking to bounce back this season.
The Ravens have incredible depth at linebacker. They have three talented, young players in McClain, Ellerbe and Gooden competing to start next to Lewis at inside linebacker. They have two young, extremely-talented pass-rushing outside linebackers in Kruger and Kindle.
There’s no doubt that the Ravens defense will again be one of the best in football due in large part to their excellent linebackers.