Two-Sport Star Has Two-Position Versatility

Bloomsburg's Larry Webster has gone from basketball star to quarterback sacker to likely NFL draft pick. Webster, whose father played in the NFL, talked to Packer Report in our latest exclusive.

Larry Webster III, the son of former NFL player Larry Webster Jr., was a big fish in a small pond at Bloomsburg.

Except the pond wasn't football.

Webster was an all-conference performer in basketball. A four-year starter for the Division II school, Webster recorded career averages of 11.1 points on 63.2 percent shooting, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks .

With his basketball eligibility complete, Webster decided to give football a shot.

"I've always liked football," Webster told Packer Report. "Up until college, I played both for most of my life. I had eligibility left so I decided to try out for the team and I made the team."

Webster, who was an honorable mention on the all-state team at Elkton High School in Elkton, Md., knocked off four years of rust during spring practice.

"After that, I just kept the ball rolling," he said.

Rolling, indeed. Webster was an instant sensation. In 2012, the defensive end earned All-American honors, ranking eighth in the NCAA Division II ranks with a school season-record 13.5 sacks and pacing the team with 15 tackles for losses. He was an All-American again in 2013, when he was a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, which goes to the nation's top small-school defender. Webster's 12.5 sacks led the league, ranked sixth at the Division II level and took over the second spot on the school's annual record chart. He finished with 16 tackles for losses. Webster became just the fifth player in Division II history to average at least one sack per game (1.083).

Suddenly, Webster went from "playing (football) just because I could" to having a legit chance of following his father into the NFL.

Invited to play in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game, Webster (6-6, 252) impressed teams with his athleticism, which would lead to his stellar performance in front of all eyes in the league at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. Brought in with the other 55 defensive linemen that included 30 defensive ends, Webster was also put through position drills with the linebacker group and later, was tested at tight end.


To put his performance in perspective among players in each group, Webster's 40-yard dash clocking of 4.58 seconds was second-best among all defensive linemen and also among the 22 tight ends in Indianapolis. That figure placed third among the throng of the 35 middle and outside linebackers. It was also the ninth-fastest clocking by a defensive lineman in the last 10 Combines.

Webster showed why he was such a great shot blocker during his college basketball days, as he reached 36.5 inches in the vertical jump test. That ranked fifth among the defensive line group, eighth among the linebackers and second among the tight ends. His 10'04" broad jump was fourth-best among defensive linemen and linebackers and third-best in the tight end group.

Webster was the main attraction at Bloomsburg's pro day. Like at the Combine, he did everything but man the stopwatches.

"I got really good feedback," he said. "At my pro day, I did tight end, D-end and outside linebacker drills. I was probably the only one who did all of that. They said I did pretty good."

Webster, who caught two touchdown passes in 2012 while lined up at wide receiver, said he was a "little bit surprised" in the attention he's been getting at tight end. At least two teams sent their tight end coach to Bloomsburg to work him out, and it's at tight end where the Packers are believed to have interest, a source at the school said.

With off-the-charts athleticism and obvious upside as a relative newcomer to the sport, Webster figures to be selected in the fifth or sixth round.

Position to be determined.

"It still hasn't sunk in yet," he said. "It's pretty much surreal. Like, wow. These next two weeks, I'm going to be living the dream."


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