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

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

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

Detroit Lions

Fourth Round: 136th Pick

Combine Weigh-In
Height Weight Arm Hand
6056 252 33 1/2" 10 1/8"

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Combine Workout
40-yd dash 10-yd split Vert Broad 3-Cone Shuttle
4.58 1.57 36 1/2" 10'3" 7.29 4.44

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Positives

  • 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.

 

Negatives

  • 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
Year Team Tackles TFL Sacks FF INT
2012 Bloomsburg 39 15 13.5 1 1
2013 Bloomsburg 49 16 12.5 2 0

http://www.buhuskies.com/

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

Graph made at nces.ed.gov.

 

Overall

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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