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Everybody loves Lardarius Webb. The Ravens cornerback and kick returner started to break out last season, then he tore his ACL in Week 15 against the Bears, ending his rookie season.

Before the injury, Webb {photo, at left, by The Baltimore Sun} won a lot of fans over with his cover skills, toughness and swagger. The media took notice, too.

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Earlier this week, Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders listed Webb 11th on his list of the NFL's top prospects. Who exactly qualifies as an NFL prospect? When I hear that, I think of the college kids. But here are Barnwell's criteria: 1) They have to be in the second, third, or fourth year of their careers. 2) They were drafted in the third round or later, or went undrafted. 3) They have started fewer than five games in the NFL. 4) They still have to be on their rookie contracts. 5) They have to be related to Mitch Richmond.

OK, I made that last one up (but Webb really is a cousin of the former NBA player).

Here's the skinny on Webb — who is coming off major surgery and could start on the PUP list this season — according to Barnwell:

Webb certainly is an impressive player and an impressive young man. Chalk him up as another draft day steal for Ozzie Newsome, still one of the best in the biz. Webb's contributions may be limited in 2010; getting back to 100 percent after this kind of surgery can sometimes take two years. There's no question Webb is a big part of the Ravens' plans going forward. Worst-case scenario (health permitting, of course): He'll be an average starter in the NFL — not too shabby for an under-the-radar third-round pick.

Steelers second-year receiver Mike Wallace, whom Webb could be lining up against often in the coming years, surprisingly topped Football Outsiders' prospects list. Here's what Barnwell had to say about Wallace:

Update: I should have mentioned it when I initially posted, but Barnwell ranked the Ravens fourth in the NFL in his organizational rankings. Here's what he said about that:

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