When the name of Lardarius Webb was called out in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, most fans had never heard of the cornerback from little Nichols State. Not only had they not heard of him, they certainly didn't know that he was the only player in NCAA Division 1 history to be named Offensive Player of the Week, Defensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week in the same season.
He didn't start until later in the 2009 season, but quickly became a fan and media favorite, not only for his play on the field, but for his outgoing personality during interviews. He became the team's primary kick returner and once he got the chance to play corner on the Ravens defense, it became obvious that he would be a fixture there for a long time. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL late in rookie season and did not return until part way through the 2010 season. It looked like he was not 100% in 2010, as he was repeatedly targeted and burned by opponents in a way that differed greatly from his rookie season.
Over a year removed from his surgery, 2011 figures to be a better campaign for Webb, but with the addition of rookie cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (Colorado) and Chykie Brown (Texas), along with returning CB Domonique Foxworth and possibly free agents Chris Carr and Josh Wilson, competition for playing time will be as tough as it has ever been in the team's history. However, Lardarius should be up to the level of competition and his talents should be enough for the teamto find a way to get him on the field as often as possible.