Leach voted by his peers as the NFL's 45th best player


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On the NFL Network”s Top 100 Players of 2012, Baltimore Ravens fullback r.

As a member of the Houston Texans in 2010, Leach helped pave the way for Arian Foster, who rushed for a league-high 1,616 yards. Leach was ranked on last year”s list as the league”s 65th best player.

Following the 2010 season, the Ravens inked Leach to a three-year, $11 million.

The 6-foot, 260-pound Leach led the way for running back Ray Rice in 2011, as Rice finished with a career-high 1,364 rushing yards. Additionally, Rice increased his yards per carry average from 4.0 in 2010 to 4.7 in 2011.

Rice finished second in the league in rushing yards behind the Jacksonville Jaguars” Maurice Jones-Drew, who rushed for a career-high 1,606 yards.

So far, quarterback Joe Flacco is the only other Raven on the list, coming in at No. 74. However, the Ravens, along with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, are tied for the most players on the list with seven.

That being said, it”s likely the five remaining Ravens on the list are Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed, Ray Lewis and Ray Rice. Again, this is just pure speculation on my part.

It”ll be interesting to see where the rest of the Ravens fall on the list. Last year, both Ed Reed and Ray Lewis cracked the top-five, as Reed came in at No. 5 while Lewis came in at No. 4.