With the 90th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Denver Broncos added another speedy player to their secondary. Kayvon Webster is extremely fast and ran a sub-4.4 40-yard dash in the pre-draft process. His speed will be a welcome addition to this secondary.
Webster was a player (University of South Florida) I scouted at the Shrine Game in Tampa earlier this year. I came away impressed with his straight-line speed and also his ability to fluidly turn and cover. Not only was I impressed with Webster, but former NFL scout and NFL draft expert Russ Lande (National Football Post) was as well.
Lande reported that Webster "Did a solid job throughout practice of quickly diagnosing routes and beating receivers to their break points." Level of competition is a concern for Webster, but at the Shrine Game he did a good job covering some bigger receivers from major college football programs.
Most speedy cornerbacks aren't as involved in run defense, but Webster goes against the norm. In 2012 he finished the year with 82 tackles and was among the team leaders for the Bulls. He's got the size (5'10", 195 pounds) to come up and strongly support the run.
Webster also plays with an aggressive style where he puts himself in position to regularly be around the ball. That aggressive mindset does get him in trouble from time to time, as he'll get caught peeking in the backfield. Experienced NFL quarterbacks will take advantage of that and make him pay by running double moves at him. Webster always is looking to make the big play, but needs to learn that sometimes it's better to stay with his man.
Webster can also be relied on as a dangerous return man because of his speed and elusiveness in the open field. This will help him get on the field as a rookie as he's currently buried on the depth chart. The Broncos are set at the top three cornerback positions with starters Champ Bailey, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and nickel corner Chris Harris.
Behind that outstanding trio, guys like Tony Carter and Omar Bolden will compete for a roster spot. Webster is a near-lock to make the roster and has the ability to develop into a starter someday.
Rodgers-Cromartie is signed to a one-year deal and Champ Bailey will be moved to free safety someday. The Broncos needed to address this position in order to be ready for the future. This pick isn't just for depth now, it's for a potential starter in the future. Webster has the size/speed combination and aggressive mentality to become a quality pro.