Recent small-school players at his position might have paved the way for William and Mary cornerback B.W. Webb to potentially hear his name called earlier than expected in the 2013 NFL draft.
Louisiana-Lafayette's Dwight Bentley and Nicholls State's Lardarius Webb were each selected in the third round of their respective drafts. Could Webb be the next small-school cornerback to go high?
A four-year starter with 11 career interceptions and two punt returns for touchdowns, Webb has the kind of draft profile expected of a small-school player who could be drafted within the top 100 picks.
In the following slides, we'll present the top highlights from Webb's decorated college career.
Webb made his college football debut a memorable one.
Facing FBS foe Virginia on the road in 2009, Webb intercepted three passes—taking one back for a pivotal touchdown—as William and Mary upset the Cavaliers, 26-14. For his efforts, Webb became the first FCS player to win a National Defensive Player of the Week award.
Of the three interceptions, two were clearly poor throws or deflected balls. However, his third was a perfect read on an outside pattern, and the resulting touchdown put the nail in the coffin of Virginia's comeback attempt.
Interceptions aren't everything when it comes to cornerback play.
In the provided video, Webb shows both make-up speed, awareness and ball skills against the University of Maryland.
Terrapins receiver Kevin Dorsey, who is listed at 6'2" with a vertical leap of almost 40 inches, runs a deep crossing route against Webb. Dorsey briefly gets behind Webb, but the quick cornerback makes up the difference in a flash and knocks down the pass at its highest point.
Webb intercepted eight passes as a redshirt freshman in 2009, which was good for second in the FCS.
Against Weber State, Webb provides two of those eight picks.
On the first, Webb jumps a miscommunication between quarterback and receiver and takes the interception for a touchdown. On the next, he runs stride-for-stride on a vertical route and picks off the football at its highest point.
Webb can provide more than just a cover corner at the next level. At William and Mary, Webb returned punts all four seasons.
Facing VMI in 2010, Webb provides one of his two career punt-return touchdowns.
In the provided video, Webb catches the VMI punt in traffic at the 36-yard-line, makes the first tackler miss and then races down the near sidelines. No one catches him, and he scores easily.
A big hurdle for small-school prospects can be the Senior Bowl, which throws a player like Webb into the fire with well-established FBS players from around the country.
At the 2013 Senior Bowl, Webb proved he belonged against the Alabamas and Michigans of the college football world.
In the provided video, we see a vast collection of clips of Webb performing in Mobile, Ala. Coverage skills and punt returning are featured both in practice and in-game.