By Matthew Postins
The Dallas Cowboys selected William & Mary cornerback B.W. Webb with their fourth round selection on Saturday afternoon. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 5-foot-10, 184 pounds.
Rankings: Webb was No. 128 on CBSSports.com’s overall player rankings. He was the No. 16 cornerback on CBSSports.com’s position rankings.
Workout Results: Running times: 4.46 40, 2.50 20, 1.55 10; 14 bench press reps (225 pounds), 40.5-inch vertical leap, 11-foot broad jump, 3.48 shuttle and 6.82 cone drill.
What Cowboys are getting: A cornerback from one of the best conferences in FCS, the Colonial Athletic Association. Webb started his career with the Tribe by picking off eight passes during his redshirt freshman year, but ended up with just 11 for his career. Despite the tailoff, he was the CAA Rookie of the Year in his first campaign and was a first-team All-CAA selection for three straight years after that. CBSSports.com’s scouting report indicates that Webb’s strengths are his speed, footwork and ball skills. Working against him, CBSSports.com writes, is his overall size and inconsistency when it comes to tackling. NFL.com compares him to a former Cowboy corner, Adam “Pac Man” Jones.
Postins’ Take: The leaping ability is what jumps out to me, in terms of his measureables. With a 40-inch vertical leap, he can overcome the fact that he’s 5-foot-10 and compete for those 50-50 balls with taller receivers. I like the fact that he has a track record for interceptions and that, at least on the FCS level, he showed the ability to impact the game without picking off passes. Think about it. Webb was a three-time All-CAA First Team selection in his final three years in college while picking off just three passes. That shows teams respected him too much to throw his way too often. One wonders with his speed and his ball skills if the Cowboys have plans to convert him into a safety. When Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin was in Tampa Bay, that’s what they did with a player named Tanard Jackson, who was a cover corner in college and was converted to safety. I’m not sure if Webb has the size to play either safety position, but it’s something to consider since the Cowboys are already fairly deep at corner and locked into players like Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne and Orlando Scandrick for the next several years.
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