The Baltimore Ravens–Super Bowl champions. It was truly a magical run for the Ravens last year–a team of destiny that couldn’t be stopped, even under the most unlikely circumstances. There were many who didn’t believe the Ravens could beat the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the playoffs after the Ravens lost three straight games near the end of the regular season, and appeared to be playing defeated, hurt, and inconsistent.
Then, a miracle play against the Denver Broncos propelled Ray Lewis and the Ravens to the AFC Championship game where they beat the New England Patriots, and then wound up taking down the San Francisco 49ers for their second Super Bowl title.
But this year’s Ravens won’t be your father’s Ravens. They won’t even be your older brother’s Ravens. This year, the Baltimore Ravens roster is going to look a LOT different than it has in years past, and we’ve got your breakout player projections right here. We’ll take a look at a player from each of the last three draft classes that could be due for a big season in Baltimore.
Third year — Torrey Smith, WR
Smith had 50 receptions as a rookie, and followed it up with 49 last year. He had somewhat of a coming out party in the playoffs this past season, and with Anquan Boldin off to San Francisco, you can bet that Smith is in line for a big season after the contract that Joe Flacco signed.
If Flacco can continue playing the way he did in the playoffs, Smith could emerge as one of the most dangerous playmakers in the entire AFC. We already know about his size and big play speed, but he finally started to put together a complete arsenal last season. He is emerging as a team leader and with 15 touchdowns in his first two seasons in the league, we could see the first double-digit touchdown total of Smith’s bright, young career.
He certainly has all the tools to be a number one receiver, and after two years of under 900 receiving yards, I think 2013 is the year Smith puts it all together and puts up over 1,ooo yards and 10 or more TDs.