The Denver Broncos put together one of the league’s most successful seasons in 2013, but came up short to the Seattle Seahawks in the final game of the NFL Season. After being dismantled, Denver bolstered their secondary by adding first-round pick CB Bradley Roby, free agent CB Aqib Talib, and free agent S T.J. Ward, giving the team quite a stellar looking secondary.
That said, second-year CB Kayvon Webster is looking to make the leap this season after a decent rookie season manning the nickel corner position for Denver.
Webster, a 5-foot-11, 198-pound corner, was selected in the third-round of the 2013 NFL Draft from South Florida. He made his mark quickly, manning the nickel corner spot for Denver en route to 14 games played (two starts), 41 tackles, one forced fumble, one interception and nine passes defensed.
Webster is an active defensive back who works best out of the slot and can cover speedy slot receivers, but also has the strength to stick with stronger and more powerful slot receivers who he may face from time to time.
Webster will need to prove that he has more upside manning the nickel position than fellow corner Tony Carter, who will likely compete with Webster and Roby for that position as Talib and Chris Harris, who is returning from injury this season, will likely be the team’s top two corners.
Where things get tricky is where Roby fits into the rotation. Roby has the upside to be a key defender this season and may push Webster or Carter out of a job this season. Talib, Harris, and Roby are all a lock to make the team this season, but neither Webster nor Carter are a lock by any means.
If Roby can prove he is ready to man the nickel role for the team, Webster may find himself working as the team’s No. 4 corner this season and into next season as well, unless Harris’ injury is worse than expected and he cannot fully recover.
Webster is too talented for Denver to give up on him right now, but the team needs him to take his game to the next level this season so they can finally bring him the Lombardi.