By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
3:09 PM EDT, May 10, 2014
The Detroit Lions drafted Elkton graduate Larry Webster in the fourth round on Saturday.
Webster is a 6-foot-6, 252-pound converted basketball player from Bloomsburg (Pa.), a Division II school.
He's the son of former Ravens defensive tackle Larry Webster Jr.
Webster enrolled on a basketball scholarship and played four seasons of basketball before switching sports. Webster averaged 11.1 points and 7.3 rebounds during his career at Bloomsburg, blocking 175 shots. He was named the PSAC Eastern Division Defensive Player of the Year in 2012.
In two seasons on the football team, Webster recorded 88 tackles, 26 sacks, 31 tackles for losses, an interception and three forced fumbles. He also caught two touchdown passes as a tight end and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.
Webster has outstanding speed with a time of 4.58 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine. The only defensive lineman to run faster than him at the combine was Jadeveon Clowney, the top overall pick of draft with the Houston Texans who ran a 4.53.
"We would see Larry in the hallway and encourage him to play football," said Bloomsburg coach Paul Darragh before the NFL draft. "We anticipated with his size and athletic ability that would translate to some degree to be an effective football player.
"The scouts are correct that he has more upside because he hasn't reached his potential yet physically. Scouts have said how hard it is to find a 6-6, 245-pound guy who runs under 4.6 that's coachable. They're intrigued."