Who is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL that you’ve never heard of? Why Lardarius Webb of course.
Webb had a breakout season in 2011 for the Baltimore Ravens, in which he emerged as the clear number one corner. After that the expectations for Webb soared, and talks of being the next great shutdown corner were being uttered by the Baltimore faithful. Not much in the mainstream, though, because we all know everyone hates the Ravens for some reason, so says everyone in Baltimore.
In 2012 Webb was picking up where he left off from the year before, until an ACL tear ended his season in a Week 6 match up against the Dallas Cowboys. It’s amazing to think the Ravens won the Super Bowl without their top corner and a halfway healthy Terrell Suggs.
A healthy Webb can be the key for a new and improved defense in Baltimore. If Webb is back to his old form, that will allow Suggs and the newly acquired Elvis Dumervil to do more damage in the pass rush game. The Ravens are also hoping the third year will be the charm for Jimmy Smith, who could possibly be starting opposite Webb. If Smith is as good as the Ravens hope he can be, Smith and Webb could form a devastating duo for years to come.
Webb has dealt with an ACL tear before and came back great. I expect Webb to come back 100 percent next season and really start to make a name for himself.