Ravens Rookie Jersey Numbers
With the Ravens rookie minicamp underway this weekend, it means that the rookies have been assigned jersey numbers, so lets take a look.
Before we do though, please note that these numbers could change before the season starts as the numbers are limited due to the 90-man roster at this time. So, if you are planning on buying a jersey of one of these rookies, I would hold off until the regular season starts.
First round pick Matt Elam, a safety from Florida, chose number 31. Last year, Bernard Pollard wore this jersey and Elam is his replacement and they have similar, physical, hard-hitting play styles.
Like Elam, second round pick Arthur Brown will wear the jersey number of someone he is replacing. The inside linebacker from Kansas State will take number 59 which was worn by Dannell Ellerbe last season.
Finally on to someone who won’t wear the number of the player they are replacing. Third round pick Brandon Williams will wear number 98. While this jersey number was assigned last year, it belonged to Ryan McBean who broke his ankle in the preseason and was placed on injured reserve. This was the number that Tony Siragusa wore and Williams is a defensive tackle like Siragusa.
Continuing with numbers that were on injured reserve last year, forth round outside linebacker from Ohio State John Simon was assigned number 47. Linebacker Ricky Brown had this number last year but spent the whole season on injured reserve.
The first rookie to be assigned a number that wasn’t used last year is Kyle Juszczyk. A forth round from Harvard, Juszczyk, a fullback, will wear number 40.
Another number that wasn’t worn last year was 71. This number goes to offensive Ricky Wagner, the Ravens fifth round pick out of Wisconsin.
The trend of unused numbers from last season continues as defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore got assigned this number. The sixth round pick from Notre Dame is still recovering from a torn ACL so he couldn’t participate in the rookie minicamp this weekend.
Ryan Jensen keeps number 77 at the center position after being assigned it. Matt Birk had this number last year and like Jensen, he was a sixth round pick from a small football school (Harvard not Colorado State-Pueblo like Jensen).
Many people thought the Ravens would draft a receiver in the early rounds of the draft but instead, they waited until the seventh round to take Aaron Mellette from Elon. He will be assigned number 80 which wasn’t worn last year.
Last is the seventh round pick, cornerback Marc Anthony out of California. Anthony will wear number 36 which wasn’t assigned to anyone last season.
1st Round: S Matt Elam, 31
2nd Round: ILB Arthur Brown, 59
3rd Round: NT Brandon Williams, 98
4th Round: OLB John Simon, 47
4th Round: FB Kyle Juszczyk, 40
5th Round: OT Ricky Wagner, 71
6th Round: DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, 67
6th Round: C Ryan Jensen, 77
7th Round: WR Aaron Mellette, 80
7th Round: CB Marc Anthony, 36