The very clever people over Pro Football Focus released their Midseason All-Pro Teams and they named three players belonging to the Baltimore Ravens organization into them. The problem? Two got first-team nods while the other one was nonsensically snubbed from it.
Gordon McGuinness of PFF was the man leading the way on the writting front for this piece, in which the team over the analytical site picked the members of both the first and second All-Pro Teams of 2023 regular season midway through the campaign.
There are three players of the Ravens in them, but only two were chosen for the first-team squad with a third player getting snubbed and placed in the second-tier team. Here is what they say about the former two.
PFF Midseason All-Pro First Team - Quarterback: Lamar Jackson
"Jackson's 86.6 PFF passing grade — which would be a career high — ranks third in the league, and he leads all quarterbacks with 428 rushing yards. He has already forced 26 missed tackles on rushing attempts this season, six more than the second-ranked quarterback, and his 14 big-time throws are tied for eighth in the league. New offensive coordinator Todd Monken has helped unlock Jackson and the Ravens' passing attack, but the former league MVP’s own development has been just as important to the offense's success."- Pro Football Focus
PFF Midseason All-Pro First Team - Inside Linebacker: Roquan Smith
"Following up on a fantastic second half of 2022 with the Ravens, Smith is on pace to shatter his career-high PFF grade. He sports an 88.3 mark through nine games. He is the engine powering the Ravens' league-leading defense, and his 90.1 PFF coverage grade ranks tied for third at the position."- Pro Football Focus
PFF Midseason All-Pro Second Team - Safety: Geno Stone
The folks over PFF decided to go against Ravens' safety and NFL leader in interceptions (with six picks in nine games), snubbing him from a first-team selection and instead placing him in their second-team.
According to PFF, Falcons and Dolphins safeties Jessie Bates III and Jevon Holland, repsectively, have played better football through the first half of the season.
PFF has given Bates "the fourth-best PFF coverage grade and the fifth-best PFF run-defense grade among safeties," while they wrote Holland "has been solid as a run defender but a standout in coverage, where his 88.3 PFF coverage grade ranks second at the position."
Incredibly, they followed that up with "[Holland] has yet to record an interception." Meanwhile, Stone keeps dominating offenses on the field, which probably matters more than doing so on the internet.