To wrap up the 2014 NFL Draft, we are going to take an in-depth look at each Detroit Lions pick. Next up is Larry Webster.
DE Larry Webster (Bloomsburg) - Round 4, Pick No. 136
With their second compensatory pick in the fourth round, the Lions added more help on the defensive side of the ball by taking Bloomsburg defensive end Larry Webster. Webster visited the Lions before the draft, and now he's set to join the rotation at defensive end.
Height: 6-foot-6 | Weight: 252 pounds
2012: 39 tackles, 15.0 TFL, 13.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF, 1 FR
2013: 49 tackles, 16.0 TFL, 12.5 sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR
Before he switched to football, Webster played basketball at Bloomsburg, and he set the school record for career blocked shots (175). He also holds the school record for most sacks in a single season (13.5).
What the experts are saying
A gifted athlete with NFL pedigree and intriguing developmental tools as a speed rusher, Webster could prove to be better fit as a flex tight end in the pros, possessing more of an offensive temperament and the size, wingspan, athletic ability and coordination to create mismatches in a similar mold as Broncos TE Julius Thomas and Browns TE Jordan Cameron exiting college with limited football experience.
NFL Comparison: Michael Johnson, DE, Cincinnati Bengals - Although he's not there yet, Webster has the frame and athleticism to develop into a similar pass rusher at the NFL level.
Webster is extremely raw with limited experience, but he has tremendous upside with a long frame and athleticism. He is a former basketball player, and it shows with agility and explosiveness. He must continue to develop strength, though. Webster is a developmental prospect who can play DE or potentially convert to a TE at the next level.
Outlook for 2014
Webster is a raw player, and he's trying to make the jump from Division II college football to the NFL. As a result, it could take him some time to develop into a real contributor at defensive end. Early on, if he cracks the rotation at defensive end, he will likely be a situational pass rusher more than anything, and he should be able to contribute on special teams as well.
Previously: TE Eric Ebron, OLB Kyle Van Noy, C Travis Swanson, CB Nevin Lawson