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This Year's Analysis History

Prior Year's Analysis History
panachevitz



Positives
It's Ray Lewis. He's still the #1 LB on the Ravens squad and still looks to produce in his 16th year. The last 3 years he has averaged 95 solo tackles, 37 assists, and 3 sacks. Even more astounding is that his numbers have been rising over the past 5 years although they are still off his heyday numbers. Consistently high scoring is a hallmark of a top tier talent and Lewis defines that for his position especially since he is on the field for virtually every defensive play.

Negatives
He's getting on in his years at 36. It's a bit more of a risk than someone 10 years younger, but he does have a solid history going for him. He is still in phenomenal shape and is as hardy as they come. Aside from the minor age ding, I'm not seeing a lot of downside here.

Draft Strategy
You get RayRay because he makes tackles and a lot of them. He is a little ball of hate on the field and I bet that he's going to continue for quite a while more. Looking back, I've calling out his age the last 5 years and all he's done is make me look foolish. At this point, if he's on the field, play him without fear.


adevil519



Positives
The Ravens' DL will feature more of behemoth run-stuffer Terrence Cody this season. Paired Ngata, we're talking almost a 2000 Siragusa/Adams remix on the interior. Big bodies to stuff things at the line and let the LBs attack. Exactly the kind of scheme where Lewis thrives. Seems to get tackle/assist credit if he's anywhere near the pile solely based on reputation.

Negatives
Not necessarily a fantasy drawback, but he's a liability in pass coverage, especially on 3rd down. Perhaps a step slower, but still has the mental acuity to account for that. All concerns fall under the broad question of "How long can superman keep being superman?" This is Ray's 16th season, after all.

Draft Strategy
Again, I went for bankable tackle numbers at the elbow. I will concede that homerism played a role in selecting Lewis over guys like Tulloch and Lofton. I just think that Ray's going to cheat father time for one more top-tier season. The man is trying to get another ring before he retires and improve his legacy as one of the greatest LBs (if not THE greatest) of all time, and he'll play that way.


panachevitz



Positives
It's Ray Lewis. He scares me, and the closest he comes to me is the TV. He's dominated for a decade and still has gas in the tank. He plays ILB in a 3-4 defense and is the main stopper. Fear him.

Negatives
That being said, he is also no spring chicken. At 35 the grim reaper is coming for his career. He hasn't missed time the last two seasons, but he lost two games each in '06 and '07, and was out for much of '02 and '05. It's something to keep in the back of your mind when drafting Lewis.

Draft Strategy
I call this high risk/high reward. Lewis still has solid numbers left in him, and if you can live with the possibility of age catching up to him, go for it.


The



Positives
Potential HOF bound player with a long history of intimidation, plays through pain, team leader, Championship Game MVP, plus he beat a murder rap. Good credentials for FF IDP.

Negatives
He's old. Does anyone remember when he set the NFL record with 184 tackles, back in 1997?

Draft Strategy
He just kept falling, for no good reason, so BAM. Nice to have a projected top 6LB as my LB2.


CleffedUp



Positives
He's a perennial top performer, on a team rife with offensive injuries, that should keep him on the field for a long time.

Negatives
He hasn't played a full season since 2003, which is no doubt why you'll find him in the 2nd round.

Draft Strategy



johnnyballgame



Positives
This guy is a Tackling monster when he is healthy, good for 100+ solo tackles, throw in 40+ assisted tackles, and he is a ball hawk who seems to be in the mix on a couple FF, FR, and INT's.

Negatives
Health?

Draft Strategy
I had Ray listed as my 3rd best overall player this year, which in my opinion was slightly higher than I thought he should go.....I had 10 guys pre-drafted, and I had Ray about 5th on that list of 10 LB's...in IDP LB is like RB, though deeper, but our league fills 3 LB spots and a possible 4th can play the U role.


panachevitz



Positives
It's Ray Lewis. 'Nuff said.

Negatives
Coming off of a hamstring injury that sidelined him for 10 months after playing the first 6 games of last season. Plus he's not getting any younger.

Draft Strategy
It's Ray Lewis. Still a formidable force on the field and hopefully one who can still get it done. I expect great things from him this year.



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