In 2013 the Dallas Cowboys selected a little known corner prospect from William and Mary by the name of B.W. Webb, whom NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock spoke quite highly of during the draft process, in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft with the 114th overall selection.
Webb was seen as a highly athletic corner who could play well as a boundary corner in a zone scheme or could thrive as a nickel corner in any scheme. In his rookie season, Webb totaled 16 tackles in 15 games and one pass defensed, but he could see his role increase this season as a potential nickel corner.
2012 first-round pick Morris Claiborne cannot seem to stay healthy and has been all but a bust thus far throughout his tenure with Dallas. Claiborne has yet to play a full 16-game season and only has two career interceptions.
On the other hand, Dallas’ top corner Brandon Carr struggled a bit last season and looks worn down and overpriced. While Carr is still a great option, Dallas’ top corner on the current roster could be CB Orlando Scandrick, who posted 64 tackles, two sacks, 12 passes defensed and two interceptions last season filling in for Claiborne. Webb could end up battling Claiborne for the nickel corner position if Scandrick can beat Claiborne for the No. 2 corner position opposite Carr.
Webb is a strong corner who has the ability to read and react quite well, especially in zone coverage. He is explosive and fights for the football when it is in the air. He mirrors receivers quite well and has strong hands for a corner. Webb displayed excellent ball skills at the collegiate level and tackles well.
Webb needs to learn how to play the receiver and not the ball. This can be attributed to the scheme he played during his collegiate years which included off-man or off-zone coverage the majority of the time where he would play the football and not his assignment. He needs to become a much more sound tackler overall and needs to become tougher to be a team’s No. 2 or No. 3 corner option. He has limited upside.
Webb will compete with Claiborne, Scandrick and Carr this season for a starting position, but at this point it’s anyone’s guess who will be the starting duo. The early guess would be Carr and Claiborne. Carr, due to his confidence as the team’s No. 1 corner and his experience, and Claiborne, due to his first-round status and his ability to become a shutdown corner at the professional level. But like I mentioned earlier, do not sleep on Scandrick beating either player out. Webb, unfortunately, will probably remain as the team’s No. 4 corner for now until he develops his game a bit more overall.