By Dave DeNatale
Who: B.W. Webb
Height/Weight: 5'10, 184 lbs
School: William & Mary
2012 Stats: 46 tackles, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, eight PBUs and a TFL plus 123 punt return yards and TD
Overview: One of my teammates, Ben Toplek, said it best: if you play football at William & Mary and expect to be drafted, you're not only a sleeper...you're a hibernator! However, B.W. Webb may prove to be an exception. Webb popped up on my radar screen back in January, when former NFL executive and current CBSSports.com NFL analyst Pat Kirwan raved about him to Vic Carucci on Cleveland Browns Daily at the Senior Bowl. Webb seems to fit a dual need for the Browns: someone who can provide depth at the cornerback position with the ability help to fill the huge void at kick returner with Josh Cribbs all but departed.
Pros: Webb is a player who seems to rise to the occasion when his team needs him the most. As a redshirt freshman, he intercepted three passes, including one for a touchdown in William & Mary's huge upset win over Virginia. He's got the tenacious attitude you want for a cornerback and his athleticism is impressive. He has intercepted eight passes in a season so the hands are there to make plays. You may be worried about B.W. Webb only being 5-10, but he's not. "I relish the chance to go up against bigger wideouts," he told Yahoo! Sports prior to the combine. "Maybe I have 'small man' syndrome." Webb is an elite special teams player with two career punt return touchdowns and the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association co-Special Teams Player of the Year award on his resume.
Cons: The reality is Webb is only 5-10, 184 pounds so size is certainly one of the factors keeping him from going higher in the draft. He also has not faced truly elite competition while playing for the Tribe. Scouts are concerned that while Webb seems to be comfortable in the zone, he has difficulty in press coverage and also needs work in the art of backpedaling.
Summary: According to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, a dozen teams attended William & Mary's pro day to get a look at Webb. At the very least, Webb projects as a guy who can play in the slot as a fourth or fifth defensive back with the potential to play at the corner.
Why he makes sense for the Browns: Whether the Browns draft Dee Milliner or not, they need to replenish the cornerback position with young talent to compliment Joe Haden. Webb's attitude and skill-set make him an attractive player for the Browns to consider with a mid-round selection. Webb's versatility as a special teams player cannot be overlooked as well. "I love playing special teams, especially being a punt returner," he told Yahoo!. "Anything that gets me on the field." Tell me that's not a player that you want on your team.
Projected Round: 3-5
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