Ravens Draft CB Webb to Start Day 2


The Ravens bolstered their defensive backfield by selecting Nicholls State cornerback Ladarius Webb with the 88th-overall pick in the draft.

And, they may have added depth to other positions, as well.

Webb, 5-foot-10, 179 pounds, is the only player in NCAA Division I history to receive the conference awards of Offensive Player of the Week, Defensive Player of the Week, and Special Teams Player of the Week in a single season.

In a 2007 matchup against Rice, Webb intercepted three passes and returned one for a touchdown. Later that year, Webb suited up at quarterback and rushed for 120 yards and one touchdown on only eight carries. He also finished that year second nationally in punt returns, with a 17.5-yard average, and 19th in kickoff returns (27.0-yard average).

At the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year, Webb ran 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds, registered a 36.5-inch vertical leap and bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times.

In 2008, Webb posted 55 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He also returned one punt and one kickoff for touchdowns.

Webb's selection could mean a battle is in the works for versatile quarterback Troy Smith. Smith played in six games last year as part of a "Wildcat" type of offense. With regular starter Joe Flacco splitting out wide, Smith completed 3 of 4 passes for 82 yards and one score, while also rushing nine times for 24 yards.

In addition, Webb's presence presents a logjam at cornerback. Currently, Domonique Foxworth and Fabian Washington are expected to start, with Samari Rolle and Chris Carr backing them up. Frank Walker and Derrick Martin will both have to establish themselves in order to beat out Webb and earn a roster spot.

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