Larry Webster NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Detroit Lions DE

Darren PageFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2014

Bloomsburg defensive end Larry Webster in action during a NCAA Division II college football game against West Chester, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in West Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Matt Slocum

Larry Webster, DE, Bloomsburg (HT: 6’5 3/4” WT: 252 lbs)

Detroit Lions

Fourth Round: 136th Pick

Combine Weigh-In
605625233 1/2"10 1/8"
Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.581.5736 1/2"10'3"7.294.44


  • Almost endless athletic potential with combine numbers to back it up.
  • Is at a tiny fraction of his developmental ceiling.
  • Significant height and length with big hands.
  • Very fast in a straight line and accelerates to top speed quickly.
  • Quick first step off the line of scrimmage.
  • Can speed rush around the edge by hitting a second gear.
  • Sufficient flexibility to dip his shoulder and turn the corner.
  • Uses height and length to tip passes at the line of scrimmage.
  • Has lateral movement skills to play down the line of scrimmage and string out perimeter runs.
  • Can close in the open field with speed and an adequate motor.
  • Reliable tackler in the open field, breaks down to track ball-carriers and wraps well.
  • Plays with discipline, doesn’t get overaggressive or guess.
  • May have the versatility to switch positions and play on offense.
  • Has experience playing from four-, three- and two-point stances.
  • NFL bloodlines.



  • Well behind in football intelligence categories.
  • Lacks spatial awareness, tends to run into blockers.
  • Inconsistent snap anticipation to get off the ball quickly.
  • Has a lean build that needs more time to develop.
  • Naturally plays with high pad level, not likely to be fixed by coaching.
  • Long strider who’s not exceptionally quick in small areas and struggles to change directions in space.
  • Lacks strength in upper body and hands, put up below-average number of bench press reps. 
  • Few defined pass-rushing moves.
  • Doesn’t finish pass-rushing moves by ripping or batting away the hands of pass-blockers.
  • Little speed-to-power potential as a thin rusher with high pad level.
  • Commonly takes run blocks to the chest instead of firing his hands into contact.
  • Unable to move back edge-blockers and set a hard edge from the backfield.
  • Gets caved by down blocks and will lose contain on perimeter runs.
  • Hung up on run blocks with regularity due to poor hand usage and lack of core strength.
  • Poor anticipation of run blocks to fight against the grain.
  • Doesn’t get to the ball often enough, low tackle numbers.
Collegiate Statistics

Personal Notes

  • Played four seasons for the Bloomsburg Huskies' basketball team, is the school record holder for career blocked shots.
  • Played two seasons of football, with a sixth year of NCAA eligibility as a graduate student.
  • 2013 and 2012 first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
  • Father (Larry Jr.) played 11 seasons in the NFL.


Ratings Chart

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Larry Webster burst onto the Division II football scene two years ago as a basketball convert turned dynamic pass-rusher. The intrigue around him as a draft prospect rose with every passing sack.

After being granted a sixth year of NCAA eligibility as a graduate student, he now has two seasons of collegiate football under his belt.

As a prospect, Webster is predictably raw and projects as a developmental player. Significant work is needed to build his frame, develop hand usage and grow his football instincts. Some of those things will come with time, but becoming a starting-caliber defensive end is a long way off.

Teams who employ a 4-3 and are looking for developmental depth at the end spot will be interested in Webster. Due to his size, athleticism and basketball background, teams may also consider him a tight end prospect as an NFL player.


Draft Projection

Sixth-round pick.


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