When looking at the Baltimore Ravens depth chart at Cornerback, you’ll see two corners who are still developing in Chykee Brown and former first-round pick Jimmy Smith, and then you see one hungry veteran — former Chicago Bears corner, Corey Graham. Last but certainly not least, you see at the No. 1 spot, taken up by Lardarius Webb.
Webb came out of Nicholls State and was a third-round pick from the 2009 NFL Draft. Injuries (to other players) are what pushed Webb into the starting lineup, and what took him out. Webb has had two ACL tears since 2009 and is looking forward to a healthy 2013 campaign. If history repeats itself, Webb won’t be due for another ACL tear and surgery until the 2015 season. Let’s just hope he messes up that rhythmic pattern by avoiding another one altogether.
This talented Corner once again looks to prove to his teammates that he is not only worth starting every game, but that he is worth every penny of the $50 million that Ozzie Newsome signed him for in 2012. His first test will be his most difficult, facing arguably the smartest quarterback in the league in Peyton Manning. Graham bested Manning twice in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs, with one actually going back for six and the other closing the game out. Webb will line up against Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas with similar aspirations.
When healthy, Webb has shown he can be a top-tier corner in this league. His talent bolsters a revamped defense that some say will not be as good as last year’s. Even without Webb, the defense looks like one not to be toyed with. The addition of Webb is a complete luxury that I am sure John Harbaugh and Ravens Nation are happy to have back.