How well Terrell Suggs plays at outside linebacker next season will be a key factor in determining how good the Ravens are.

Suggs is still regarded as one of the NFL’s top players by his peers. On the NFL Network’s annual Top 100 list voted by players, Suggs ranked No. 56 this week.

The Ravens know Suggs can play at a higher level than he did in 2012, when hampered by Achilles injury all season. Suggs produced a career low two sacks during the regular season, and the tender Achilles diminished his explosiveness.

Nobody can be sure what the ceiling is for Suggs in 2013. Can he still perform like it’s 2011, when Suggs won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award with 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles? Or with Suggs now 30 years old, is it unrealistic to expect him to play at that level?

Even if he does not match his 2011 production, the Ravens are hopeful Suggs has a more typical Suggs year. Paired with free agent acquisition Elvis Dumervil on the opposite side at linebacker, Suggs could help give the Ravens a potentially dynamic pass-rushing duo. In seven of his 10 seasons, Suggs has tallied at least eight sacks. Dumervil has at least 8 ½ sacks in six of his first seven seasons.