2014 NFL combine: Is Bloomsburg's Larry Webster a TE or DE?
The former basketball standout played two seasons on defense in college, but is his professional future best suited for tight end or defensive end? Webster wouldn't mind either one.
The NFL has numerous examples of players who starred on the basketball court at the collegiate level before making a splash in the league, especially at tight end and defensive end. And Bloomsburg's Larry Webster could be next, but at which position?
After four years on the hardwood, Webster played the past two seasons as a pass rusher on defense, tallying 26 sacks for Division II Bloomsburg. But as he makes the jump to the pro level, his lean, athletic skill-set might be best-suited for the offensive side of the game.
"There were a couple of teams that asked me about tight end," said Webster at the NFL combine. "I wouldn't mind playing tight end."
Webster, the son of 11-year NFL veteran and Super Bowl champion (with the 2000 Baltimore Ravens) Larry Webster, was occasionally used in red zone situations in college with a pair of touchdowns in his career, using his height, length and catching radius to create mismatches against defensive backs.
He looks like a former basketball player with a skinny build and limited bulk on his frame, causing him to struggle to shed blocks on the defensive line. And with limited perceived growth potential, many around the league believe his best fit in the NFL is on offense as a hybrid tight end who can line up in the slot and help move the chains.
But where does Webster prefer to play?
"I prefer defense, but I wouldn't mind either one," he answered. "I'm just used to defense, that's all."
Webster is probably a player we won't hear from as a rookie as he continues to add weight and develop on the football field, but he is a prime candidate to be a late-round draft pick who can be stashed at the bottom of the roster while he's groomed. Whether it's at tight end or defensive end is unclear right now.
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