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Monday, June 7, 2010
Baltimore Ravens' weakness: Cornerback

By Scout Inc.'s Matt Williamson

AFC North Weaknesses: Ravens (6/7) | Bengals (6/8) | Browns (6/9) | Steelers (6/10)

Apparently the Baltimore Ravens’ front office -- one of the very best front offices in the league -- isn’t nearly as worried about Baltimore’s cornerback situation as I am.

Domonique Foxworth
Foxworth's performance was steady, if not spectacular, during the 2009 season.
Of course, an improved pass rush, which seems likely with the addition of Sergio Kindle and others, can alleviate a lot of concerns with the cover men. And a healthy Ed Reed patrolling center field can also help out quite a bit. But still, Baltimore did very little this offseason to bolster itself at this position.

The top guys on Baltimore’s depth chart at corner are Fabian Washington, Domonique Foxworth, Lardarius Webb and Chris Carr. After an uneventful career with the Raiders, Washington played OK last season for the Ravens before his ACL injury. But Washington is a smaller, finesse-type corner who relies on his great speed. If he loses just a little of his agility or speed after his injury, his play could drop off significantly. Even at 100 percent, Washington makes very few game-changing plays.

Foxworth was the Ravens’ best corner last season. He was solid from start to finish of the 2009 season -- never playing tremendously and never really playing poorly. Surely, Baltimore would take another similar season from Foxworth in 2010.

After a promising rookie campaign, Webb, like Washington, tore his ACL late in the 2009 season. There is a lot to like from what he showed last year, but his injury obviously has to be a major concern. And although he was impressive as a rookie, it has to be considered that Webb hails from a tiny school, Nicholls State, so every rep in practice and in the preseason would be extremely valuable as he transitions to the game at this level.

Carr’s best role is on special teams, but he can contribute as a fourth corner.

Overall, that leaves more questions than answers at corner for Baltimore.