Larry Webster, DE, Bloomsburg (HT: 6’5 3/4” WT: 252 lbs)
Fourth Round: 136th Pick
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- 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.
- 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.
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.
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