6. Lorenzo Neal, RB, Ravens (2008)
Nowadays, the fullback is a dying position in the NFL, made mostly obsolete by constantly evolving offensive strategy.
Aside from the 49ers’ Kyle Juszczyk, most players who line up at the position are tight ends or tailbacks in disguise. Even the Ravens’ own Patrick Ricard sometimes moonlights as a defensive end.
Lorenzo Neal was one of the last of a dying breed. Along with Daryl “the Moose” Johnston, Mike Alstott, Mack Strong, and Sam Gash, Neal was one of the great fullbacks who ruled the league in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Over a 16-year NFL career, Neal blocked for some of the best running backs of his era, including Eddie George, Warrick Dunn, and LaDainian Tomlinson.
The Baltimore Ravens would be the seventh and final stop on Neal’s NFL journey in 2008. He only carried the ball 12 times for 25 yards that season.
But thanks in large part to his blocking, the Ravens finished with the third-best rushing attack in the league, as he created holes for Le’Ron McClain and Willis McGahee.
Baltimore unexpectedly reached the AFC Championship Game where they lost to the Steelers.