B.W. Webb: 5 Things You Need to Know About the William & Mary CB
William & Mary isn't exactly known for producing NFL players. In fact, only three players in the history of the program went on to be Pro Bowlers in the league.
However, B.W. Webb is looking to become the fourth Pro Bowl-caliber player from the college in Williamsburg, Virginia. He made a big splash in the Colonial Athletic Association, and NFL scouts began to take notice of him.
The Tribe may have only gone 2-9, but Webb was one of the bright spots for this team. Here are some things you should know about the young cornerback.
Full Name: William Webb
Birthday: January 7, 1990
High School: Warwick High School, Newport News, Virginia
Major: Kinesiology/Health Sciences
Webb stayed close to home for college, but that was because he wasn't offered a scholarship anywhere else for football. This turned out to be a good thing for him, as he was a four-year starter with the Tribe and became a real leader for his team.
In his first season, Webb burst onto the scene with eight interceptions with two going for scores. While his interception numbers went down, he was still a solid defensive back over the course of his college career.
Along with being a good player in the secondary, Webb also returned punts from time to time and was able to bring a couple punts back for touchdowns. Even with the slump in return yards in his junior season, Webb still finished with some pretty solid return numbers.
Weight: 184 pounds
Arm Length: 30 1/4''
Hand Size: 9 3/8''
40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds
Bench press: 14 reps
Vertical jump: 40.5 inches
Broad jump: 132.0 inches
Three-cone drill: 6.82 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 3.84 seconds
60-yard shuttle: 11.06 seconds
Webb was able to turn some heads in Indianapolis this year. His 40.5 inches in the vertical jump was tied for the highest mark by a cornerback at the combine. His broad jump of 11 feet flat was also tied for the best mark at the position.
A solid performance at the combine will always help your draft stock, and that was certainly the case for Webb.
(Combine results via NFL.com)
If drafted, Webb would be the first player taken out of William & Mary since Sean Lissemore, who was taken by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round back in 2010 (via Gil Brandt of NFL.com). Other notable players who went to William & Mary include Darren Sharper and Mark Kelso.
Webb received several awards during his time with the Tribe. He was a three-time selection to the first-team All-CAA in his final three years at the school. He was also the CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year during his freshman season in 2009. To top it off, Webb was selected to the 2013 Senior Bowl.
Along with football, Webb also showed leadership as the president of the Alpha Delta Sigma chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity at William & Mary (via TribeAthletics.com).
Webb may not be the ideal size for a corner, but he certainly makes up for it with solid instincts and awareness on the field. He does a great job reading the quarterback's eyes, which helps him get in front of the receiver to either break up the pass or grab an interception.
Zone defense is where Webb plays best due to his small size and great instincts. However, he still has work to do in man and press coverage. This is usually where his physical limitations are shown, and he sometimes struggles in these areas. Playing in the CAA might as well have made him look more impressive since there aren't many highly regarded players in the conference.
With all of that being said, Webb certainly has the tools to be a guy taken early in the third day of the draft, potentially in the fourth or fifth round. With so much experience in college, a team is likely to find a place for him on their roster.