- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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ESPN.com polled 18 Baltimore media members for their top 20 players on the 2014 Baltimore Ravens roster. The countdown will run through the middle of July, just before the start of training camp. You can click here for an introduction on how the blog put together the rankings.
Let's continue the countdown ...
No. 8: LARDARIUS WEBB
Total points: 218. First-place votes: One.
Highest ranking: No. 1. Lowest ranking: No. 14.
What you need to know: A year after having anterior cruciate ligament surgery, Webb had an up-and-down season in 2013 but finished strong. Last season marked the first time in his career that he played all 16 games and he recorded a career-best 74 tackles, which ranked fifth on the Ravens. Webb was ranked as the 19th-best corner in the NFL by Pro Football Focus and gave up three touchdowns last season.
Where Lardarius Webb should be ranked: Webb was ranked lower on my list at No. 12. His inconsistency was a problem last season. Teams completed 57 percent of their passes against him and averaged 15.1 yards per completion, which was the 15th-highest in the NFL. But Webb could have a strong season if he plays like he finished last season.
File this away: Webb broke up 22 passes last season, which was the second-most in the NFL. No other defensive back on the Ravens had more than 16.
What the Ravens are saying about Webb: “He's our best blitzer out of the secondary, our best outside cover guy, our best slot guy. He's a complete corner, no doubt about it. He does everything well, and he still, to me, definitely has his best football still in front of him." -- Ravens coach John Harbaugh
Here is the panel of voters: Morgan Adsit (WBFF-TV), Clifton Brown (Comcast SportsNet Baltimore), Jerry Coleman (105.7 The Fan), Bruce Cunnningham (WBFF-TV), Steve Davis (105.7 The Fan), John Eisenberg (Baltimore Ravens website), Pete Gilbert (WBAL-TV), David Ginsburg (Associated Press), Brent Harris (Comcast SportsNet Baltimore), Brett Hollander (WBAL Radio), Luke Jones (WNST Radio), Joe Platania (the Press Box), Gerry Sandusky (WBAL-TV), Mark Viviano (WJZ-TV), Aaron Wilson (Baltimore Sun), Matt Zenitz (Carroll County Times), Jeff Zrebiec (Baltimore Sun) and Jamison Hensley (ESPN.com).
Recapping the Ravens' countdown so far:
No. 9: Dennis Pitta
No. 10: Justin Tucker
No. 11: Daryl Smith
No. 12: Steve Smith
No. 13: Ray Rice
No. 14: Eugene Monroe
No. 15: Jacoby Jones
No. 16: Kelechi Osemele
No. 17: Matt Elam
No. 18: Marlon Brown
No. 19: Owen Daniels
No. 20: C.J. Mosley