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Las Vegas Raiders UDFA Spotlight: Missouri Western CB Sam Webb

Just as the NFL draft ended, the Las Vegas Raiders swooped in and signed cornerback Sam Webb out of Missouri Western. A Division II talent who now has the potential to impress coaches, fans, and even teammates.

What does Sam Webb bring to the Las Vegas Raiders?

Webb measures six feet and a half inch and weighs in at 202 pounds. During the NFL Combine, Webb’s hands were measured at nine and a quarter inch. His arms were finally measured at 32 and an eighth inch. So, it goes without saying that Webb has plenty of length to go along with his lanky frame. Those traits will serve him well in the NFL, as he can use them to slow down receivers in press coverage. Webb isn’t afraid of physical contact and will make it difficult for his receiver to make a catch on every snap.

During his senior year at Missouri Western, he had 30 tackles while also logging seven career interceptions. Looking back at his collegiate career, Webb also amassed 39 career pass breakups; he’s a playmaker, simply put. Throughout his tenure there, he was named to the Don Hansen All Super Region-Three Team and the All MIAA-First Team.

In this day and age, Webb also has the prototype size to play the corner position. Even though he attended a Division II institution, he refused to be looked down upon. His potential was never in doubt as he worked hard at every snap, and it was evident enough that he was invited to the East-West Shrine Bowl.

That feeling had to be exceptional to be in one of the biggest all-star games for possible draft prospects. It had to be here that Raider scouts noticed something in him that they liked. It also doesn’t hurt that he scored a 4.48 in his 40-yard dash.

Could Webb make the team?

While he has yet to play a snap in practice, the opportunity to impress the coaching staff is all on him. Being a lower divisional talent means that not many people know who you are, which adds to the mystique. If he can make the tremendous leap from the level he played at in college to the pro tier, the Patriot style of scouting unknown players will have found its way to Las Vegas.

For the time being, he will be regarded as a development project player. He has the opportunity to demonstrate that Division II athletes have the same talent and passion for the game as Division I athletes. His chance becomes official once camp begins.

*Top Photo: Courtesy of Draft Diamonds

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The Raiders have had success with undrafted and small school players long before the former Patriot staff arrived. How long will it be before this staff is viewed as Raiders instead of former Patriots?

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