Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara share their thoughts on the Lions' fourth-round selection of defensive end Larry Webster
Round 4, pick 136
DE/OLB Larry Webster, Bloomsburg
DE, 6-6, 252, 4.58
College career: Turned to football before the 2012 season after playing four years of basketball (2008-2012) for Bloomsburg, a Division II school in Pennsylvania. Finished his hoops career averaging 11.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and set a school record with 175 career blocked shots. In his first year playing football in the fall of 2012 he had 39 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and a school-record 13.5 sacks with two passes batted and one forced fumble in 12 games. Had nearly identical defensive statistics in 2013, with 49 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks with two passes batted and one forced fumble in 12 games.
Scouts quote from NFL.com: "He was a top performer in his position group in the 40-yard dash (clocking in just 0.05 seconds behind Jadeveon Clowney's time). Webster worked out with the defensive linemen in Indianapolis (at the NFL Scouting Combine), but at his pro day he worked out at defensive end, tight end and linebacker. He attracted a lot of attention from NFL teams (in the pre-draft process)."
Mike O’Hara’s take: Having a father who played defensive line for 11 pro seasons helps Webster, and so does his athletic ability. He’ll need a transition period because of his background – playing at a Division II school, plus being out of football until his last two seasons at Bloomsburg. But Webster has the kind of athletic ability teams look for in tight ends. In his case, it’s at defensive end.
Tim Twentyman’s take: Jim Caldwell said he was looking for a flamethrower and Webster has the potential to be that. It’ll be interesting to see where the Lions play him initially – SAM linebacker or defensive end or both. Has terrific size and speed and the Lions will be able to mold him how they like.