Going into the 2013 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys had a set of needs they had to fill. There were the obvious needs along the offensive line and at safety, but no one had cornerback as an area Dallas had to address. Simply put, Dallas needed to get better all around and they were able to do that with a number of picks, including their fourth-round selection of B.W. Webb out of William & Mary.
Webb isn’t the biggest guy (5’10”, 184 lbs.) but his athleticism is off the charts. As you study what he did on the field during his time at William & Mary you see a player that stands out as a play-maker. He has a nose for the ball and his quickness and burst gets him where he needs to be in order to make a play. Some analysts are saying if he would have been just a few inches taller he would have gone in the second or third round. Lucky for Dallas they got a player in Webb in the fourth round who proved he could play with bigger and faster competition when he held is own and again stood out during the Senior Bowl.
So where does Webb fit in this year? As the clear number four corner behind Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, and Orlando Scandrick, Webb has some ground to make up. But history is on his side in the form of Scandrick, and his inability to stay healthy.
Scandrick was put on injured reserve in 2012 after breaking his hand and he missed considerable time in 2011 with an ankle injury. He always seems to be nicked up with one ailment or another, and when (or possibly if) he misses time in 2013, Webb is next in line to step in and show what he’s made of. Considering he’s been compared to the likes of Asante Samuel in terms of size and coverage ability, it would be interesting to see if he can live up to the billing when he gets substantial playing time.
I don’t think Webb will be an immediate impact player, but for a player drafted in the fourth round, and the natural ability he has, look for him to make Scandrick dispensable as early as 2014. And don’t forget what defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin had to say about Webb.
“I’m fired up right now. B.W. Webb – remember that name.”
Short, sweet, and to the point. Keep your eye on Webb.