Baltimore Ravens: Regular Season Awards

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Dec 28, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Connor Shaw (9) avoids the rush of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Pernell McPhee (90) in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Highest Offseason Priority Award: Pernell McPhee

This was definitely a toss-up between Torrey Smith and Pernell Mcphee. I went with McPhee, because I took a look at where the Ravens will be selecting in the 2015 NFL Draft. They will be somewhere between 21-32. Most premier pass rushers such as Shane Ray, Randy Gregory, Marcus Dupree and Vic Beasley should all be selected by then. However many quality wide receivers such as DeVante Parker, Jaelen Strong and Devin Funchess will all be available around the area that the Ravens will be picking.

McPhee has been outstanding in rushing the passer this season. He may not have the stats like Dumervil and Suggs do, but he really could have double-digit sacks if the quarterbacks held onto the ball for one more second. Because McPhee often rushes up the middle, quarterbacks are usually more aware of him, making it harder to get sacks.

It would shock a lot of people to learn that McPhee actually leads the NFL in quarterback hits with 21. He also is sixth in the league in quarterback hurries, ahead of his compatriots Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs.

Youth is something that McPhee provides for the Ravens’ dangerous pass rush. Along with Dumervil, McPhee comes off the bench and is mainly used in pass rush situations and is very effective. Sunday, because of injuries to Chris Canty and Timmy Jernigan, McPhee did see some extended time in non-passing situations and played very well. He stuffed Terrance West for a five-yard loss on a particular play yesterday.

All of these factors make Pernell McPhee a must re-sign for the Ravens next year.