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Super Bowl XLVII: How the Ravens were built

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David Pitta, top Ravens tight end, emerged after entering the NFL as a 4th round draft pick.David Pitta, top Ravens tight end, emerged after entering the NFL as a 4th round draft pick.

BATLIMORE RAVENS

Quarterback

Joe Flacco: Draft 2008 1st round—Franchise’s all time leading passer, has a strong arm

Tyrod Taylor: Draft 2011 6th round—Mobile, unproven backup

Running back

Ray Rice: Draft 2008 2nd round—A dynamic all-purpose back

Bernard Pierce: Draft 2012 3rd round—Deceptive speed, size, and power

Anthony Allen: Draft 2011 7th round—Big back

Vonta Leach (FB): Free Agent Green Bay 2004—Punishing lead blocker

Receivers

Anquan Boldin Trade Arizona 2010; drafted by Arizona 2003, Round 2—Reliable veteran, makes the hard catch, hard to tackle after the catch.

Torrey Smith: Draft 2011 2nd round—Provides deep threat, burns corners with speed and a burst.

Jacoby Jones: Free Agent Houston 2012; Drafted by Houston 2007, Round 3—Athletic third receiver and return threat

Tandon Doss: Draft 2011  4th round—Sure handed backup receiver

Tommy Streeter: Draft 2012 6th round—Playmaking rookie with speed

Tight end

David Pitta: Draft 2010 4th round—Clutch option for Flacco, great hands

Ed Dixon: Draft 2010 3rd round—Has been more productive in his third season

Offensive line

Matt Birk ( C ): Free Agent Minnesota 2009, drafted by Minnesota 1998, Round 6—Pro bowl reliable veteran

Michael Oher (OT): Draft 2009, Round 1—Solid reliable right tackle, strength is as a run blocker

Marshall Yanda (OG): Draft 2007, Round 3Emerged as a pro bowl right guard

Kelechi Osemele (OG/OT): Draft 2012, Round 2—Versatile lineman can play guard or tackle

Gino Gradkowski (OG): Draft 2012, Round 4—Athletic small school blocker

Jah Reed (OT/OG): Draft 2011, Round 3—Tall and strong, replaced Ben Grubbs who went to Saints, also plays tackle

Bryant McKinnie (OT): Free Agent 2011, drafted by Minnesota 2002, Round 1—Veteran who needs to stay in better shape

Ramon Hardwood (OT): Draft 2010, Round 6—Has been nagged by injuries

Defensive lineman

Terrence Cody (NT): Draft 2010, Round 2—Massive run stuffer as 3-4 nose tackle

Haloti Ngata (DT): Draft 2006, Round 1—A rare athletic for his size, he is destructive

Parnell McPhee  (DE): Draft 2011, Round 5—A situational pass rusher

Arthur Jones (DE): Draft 2010, Round 5—A rotation lineman who can play

Ryan McBean (DT)/DE): Free Agent 2012, drafted by Pittsburgh in 2007, Round 4—Provides boast in line rotation

DeAnglo Tyson (DE/DT) Drafted 2012, Round 7—Adds depth to the defensive line

Ma’ake Kemoeatu (NT): Free Agent 2012—10-year veteran has had injury problems

Linebackers

Ray Lewis (ILB) Drafted 1996, Round 1—Pulse of the defense with his emotional style

Brendon Ayanbadejo (ILB): Free Agent from Chicago  2008—Special teams ace, a 10 year veteran

Jameel McClain (ILB) Undrafted: Free Agent 2008—plays next to Ray Lewis; signed to big contract

Terrell Suggs (OLB): Draft 2003, Round 1—Came back from an torn Achilles

Paul Kruger (OLB): Draft 2010, Round 2—Solid pass rusher

Darnell Ellerbe  (ILB): Undrafted Free Agent 2009—Adds depth to the linebacker position, has battled injury problems

Courtney Upshaw (OLB): Draft 2012, Round 2—A solid pass rusher

Albert McClellan (ILB): Free Agent 2010—Backup linebacker and good special teams player

Defensive backs

Ed Reid (S): Draft 2002, Round 1—Rangy and instinctive, 11 year veteran

Bernard Pollard (S): Free Agent Houston 2011, Drafted by Kansas City in 2006, Round 2—Hard hitting safety, plays like a linebacker

Christian Thompson (S): Draft 2012 Round 4—Versatile can play free or strong safety

Sean Considine (S) Unrestricted: Free Agent Arizona 2012, Drafted in 2005 by Eagles, Round 4—Lacks speed but can stuff the run

Emanuel Cook (S):  Picked up on waivers from Jets in 2011—Backup safety can cover kicks

Omar Brown (S): Undrafted: Free Agent 2012 Marshall—Backup safety

Jimmy Smith (CB): Draft 2011, Round 1—Has good man pass cover skills

Chykie Brown (CB): Draft 2011, Round 5—Fast corner needs technique work

Lardarius Webb (CB): Draft 2009, Round 3—Missed the season with injury, a top cover corner

Corey Graham (CB): Undrafted: Free Agent Chicago 2012 Drafted by Chicago in 2007, Round 5

Asa Jackson (CB): Draft 2012, Round 5—Can return punts, good nickel corner

Cary Williams (CB): Free Agent 2009 Drafted by  Tennessee 2008, Round 7

Punter

Sam Koch : Draft 2006, Round 6

Place Kicker

Justin Tucker: Rookie Free Agent 2012

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