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Kayvon Webster was considered a surprise pick by some in the 2013 NFL draft. In fact, I called him the Broncos biggest reach in the draft. Webster enters the league with some questioning his draft status, but that doesn't change his focus or his confidence.
Webster has good size and certainly looks the part. I watched him run through some drills on Friday and was impressed by his straight-line speed. He certainly looked like he could turn and transition smoothly from his backpedal to a sprint.
After practice Webster spoke to the media, and I asked him about his fearless nature in run support.
Webster said, “I think my physical nature came from when I was younger—I played linebacker in high school. I always was inside the box and I always had to tackle, so I think that’s where I get my tackling skills from. I pride myself in making the play.”
He was then asked more about his transition from linebacker to cornerback:
“I think it was because of my size. I started playing cornerback when I got to college. That was my first time ever playing cornerback—when I got to college. I had never played that until I stepped on USF’s campus." Webster continued, "Until then, I had played wide receiver and linebacker at the same time. So, I’m still getting experience and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
I like his size/speed combination and asked Webster who he patterned his game after in college:
“When I used to go to practice in college, I used to always come tell everyone that, ‘Champ Bailey is here.’ He’s my favorite corner. It’s just a blessing to be able to be on a team with him. I’m looking forward to getting coached by him as well as my position coach.”
Webster is going to begin his pro career as the Broncos' fourth defensive back behind Bailey, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Chris Harris. He should get experience this year in the Broncos' dime package and on special teams.
If he develops his raw skill set, then Webster could be counted on to do more in the near future.