Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns: Preseason Watch List

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Larry Webster

Number to look out for: No. 79

Position: DE

Measurables: 6-7, 262 lbs.

No that’s not a picture of Larry Webster, but if there’s one guy that can get the most out of him it’s defensive line coach Kris Kocurek. While the choice of Larry Webster in the fourth round of this year’s draft drew collective groans from Lions fans, he actually has been impressive in training camp so far. Nolan Nawrocki noted Webster’s undeveloped body going into the draft, but several reports have noted how it appears Webster has filled out his frame. The Lions’ official site now lists Webster at 262 lbs.– ten pounds heavier than his listed pre-draft weight.

There’s no question Webster is raw, but there’s also little doubt concerning his athletic ability. His measurables at the NFL Combine were comparable to the No. 1 overall pick, Jadeveon Clowney. Here’s what Mike O’Hara of the Lions’ official site noted after the draft:

"Clowney was No. 1 in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.53 seconds. Webster was second in 4.58. Clowney was second overall in the broad jump with a leap of 10 feet, 4 inches. Webster was next longest at 10-3. Clowney was second with a vertical jump of 37.5 inches. Webster was an inch back at 36.5."

It’s easy to see why the Lions took a flyer on the young defensive end, especially with their history of developing defensive line talent. If there is one spot I feel most comfortable about the Lions developing their talent, it’s defensive line. Both Jim Washburn and Kris Kocurek have a long combined history of getting the most out guys.

What to watch for against Cleveland:

On Saturday make sure to see what type of pass rush moves Webster uses off the edge. Is he using more than one, and are any of them successful? How does he do when he gets locked up with the offensive tackle? Also make sure to pay attention to how quick he gets off the ball at the snap. His athleticism could shine against third and fourth string offensive lineman.