Much like every other position on the defensive side of the ball, the Baltimore Ravens have been known to draft exceptionally well, specifically at the cornerback position. Many players have come and gone through the organization but many have also left a lasting legacy in Baltimore. In comparison to the linebacker position, the Ravens are almost flawless at drafting cornerbacks and have yet to be proven wrong in the draft.
Just in his fourth season, Smith has been playing better and better every season for the Baltimore Ravens. Coming up big when it matters most, Smith has emerged as a reliable starter for the Ravens especially in playoffs (ie 2012 AFC Title game versus the New England Patriots). Do not be surprised if Smith rises in these rankings when his career is said and done.
Baxter was a key cog for the Ravens during his four-year tenure in Baltimore until he traded in the purple and black for brown and white and was later picked up by the divisional rival Cleveland Browns. Baxter’s career was short lived as he was plagued by injuries and only lasted eight seasons overall.
3. Lardarius Webb
Webb is an exceptional piece for the Ravens. Much like his current teammate, Jimmy Smith, Webb is currently finding much success within the Ravens defensive system and has been a playmaker throughout the league for the last couple of seasons. Drafted in the 3rd round, 88th overall out of Nicholls State. Webb plays just as his name says; he covers receivers like a web and not many players can find success when playing against him. For his career thus far, Webb has amassed 255 total tackles to match his 10 interceptions. Once again, like Smith, do not be surprised to find Webb in the number one spot when all is said and done.
2. Duane Starks
Starks was an immediate starter for the Ravens when drafted out of the University of Miami with the 10th overall pick back in 1998. Right away Starks recorded 20 interceptions in his first four years, which helped the Baltimore Ravens defense cap off the win against the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. Starks is perhaps most famously known for his interception return for a touchdown against the Giants in that Super Bowl which ultimately put the nail in the coffin and did not allow the Giants to make a comeback. Starks’ career numbers include 203 total tackles, one sack, five forced fumbles and 25 interceptions.
1. Chris McAllister
A true Raven at heart, McAllister was the true definition of what a prototypical cornerback should be and do. McAllister was chosen 10th overall out of the University of Arizona in 1999. McAllister has been paired with the likes of Duane Starks, and Samari Rolle to form one of the NFLs’ scariest duos at cornerback during their respective times. For his career McAllister has amassed more than 350 tackles, two forced fumbles and 26 interceptions and one heck of a legacy. Any Ravens fan would be more than happy to get a player of McAllister’s caliber back on the team. Despite playing his final season for the New Orleans Saints, McAllister was a Raven throughout his entire career and many people in Baltimore will always see it that way as well.