Senior Bowl, combine boost Webb's stock

Senior Bowl, combine boost Webb's stock
March 2, 2013, 7:00 am

Although the Redskins’ No. 1 need in April’s draft figures to be a free safety, it’s also possible the team will target a cornerback with one of its early picks.

If that’s the case, a number of NFL-ready prospects – such as William & Mary’s B.W. Webb – will be available after the first round, according to talent evaluators.

“I feel like I can play against anybody on the field,” Webb said during Sunday’s interview session at the scouting combine, where he was only the fourth Tribe player to participate in the annual event. “That’s just the confidence I have in myself and my preparation. I feel I can stand toe-to-toe with anybody.”

Two days later, the 5 foot 10, 183-pound native of Newport News, Va., went out and backed up his brash talk.

Webb arrived in Indianapolis pegged as a middle round pick, but left as a late second or early third rounder after a strong showing.

Webb had the fast 20-yard shuttle (3.84 seconds) among cornerbacks and tied for first in vertical leap (40.5 inches) and broad jump (132 inches). He was also clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.51 seconds.

His standout performance shouldn’t come as a surprise. As a senior at William & Mary, Webb made 46 tackles, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and broke up eight passes. He also returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown and was the Tribe's top kickoff returner, as well.

At the Senior Bowl in January, Webb distinguished solidified his status as a top prospect by proving he could cover players from top college conferences, too.

“I think I get overlooked at times,” he said of playing at a small school. “But I think the Senior Bowl showed everybody I’m here and that I can play.”