Ravens coach John Harbaugh has said more than once that he thinks linebacker Daryl Smith is one of the more underrated players in the NFL. Apparently Harbaugh has company. Smith was one of three Ravens selected to the NFL's 'All-Underrated Team,' compiled by NFL.com's Elliott Harrison.
Joining Smith on the list were running back Justin Forsett and guard Kelechi Osemele.
Forsett was one of two Pro Bowl picks to make Harrison's team. How can a Pro Bowl pick be underrated?
Well, Harrison explains, although fantasy owners were impressed by Forsett and his numbers last season (1,266 yards, 8 TDs), "apparently those (teams) looking for a free-agent running back this offseason weren't, based on the lack of buzz Forsett sparked and the deal -- $9 million over three years -- he finally landed to stay in Baltimore," Harrison writes. "Forsett has always been effective when given the chance. A decisive runner, Forsett averaged nearly 5 yards per carry even before his breakout last season."
As for Osemele, Harrison said he and Marshal Yanda formed "the top guard tandem in pro football last year, as both were maulers in the run game. Osemele also allowed a scant two sacks."
Harrison echoes Harbaugh's sentiments when he writes, "When Smith hasn't been hurt, he's been consistent ... and consistently underrated. At 33 years old, the former Jaguar is the oldest player on our list, having entered the league back in 2004. He's always performed viably in coverage, as we saw when he picked off Tom Brady in a key spot in last year's playoff thriller. Rookie C.J. Mosley got all the pub last year in Baltimore, but Smith was just as good."
The Ravens and Panthers led all teams with three players on Harrison's All-Underrated Team. You can check out the full squad here.