On Now
Coming Up
  • Sun., Sep. 21, 2014 2:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks The Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in the team's first road game of the 2014 season. The game will be televised on CBS.
  • Sun., Oct. 05, 2014 2:05 PM MDT Denver Broncos Pink Game The Denver Broncos annual Salute to Survivors halftime recognition, celebrating breast cancer survivors at the team's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Sun., Oct. 05, 2014 2:05 PM MDT Broncos vs. Cardinals The Broncos face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2:05 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on FOX.
  • Tue., Oct. 07, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM MDT Drive for Life XVII

    Bonfils Blood Center and the Denver Broncos work together on an annual Drive for Life event which is the largest single day blood drive in Colorado.

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Click here for more information about the 2014 DFL event.

    Learn more from Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway and 9News' Cheryl Preheim about 2014 Drive for Life.

  • Sun., Oct. 12, 2014 11:00 AM MDT Denver Broncos at New York Jets The Denver Broncos travel to Met Life Stadium to take on the New York Jets on Oct. 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Tue., Oct. 14, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM MDT Hometown Huddle Broncos Hometown Huddle
  • Sun., Oct. 19, 2014 6:30 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers The Denver Broncos take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football on NBC.
  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 6:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers The Denver Broncos take on AFC West opponent the San Diego Chargers on Thursady Night Football on NFL Network.
  • Sun., Nov. 02, 2014 2:25 PM MST Denver Broncos at New England Patriots The Denver Broncos travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots in a rematch of the 2013 AFC Championship. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 09, 2014 2:05 PM MST Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders The Denver Broncos face their AFC West foe Oakland Raiders on the road. The game will be broadcast on CBS.

News & Blogs

Print
RSS

What Kayvon Webster Brings to Broncos

Posted Apr 26, 2013

Andrew Mason looks at what the selection of CB Kayvon Webster means for the Broncos secondary.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Kayvon Webster grew up admiring Champ Bailey -- "my favorite corner," Webster gushed Friday. Eventually, the Broncos' third-round pick might be part of the plan to succeed the future Hall of Famer.

For now, Webster is part of what will be one of the most intriguing competitions of training camp -- the scrum to become the Broncos' fourth cornerback. Bailey, Chris Harris and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie appear to be the clear-cut leaders, which would make them the trio that sees a majority of snaps, since it's likely the Broncos will use at least five defensive backs more often than their base package.

But at least a handful of snaps each game will be in the dime, and the emphasis on nickel-package work dictated by opposing offenses, means that the fourth cornerback will play a majority of a game's snaps at some point next year. That's what happened to Tony Carter, who eventually became the third cornerback and had some spectacular big plays, but was also beaten deep later in the season.

Carter, who signed his exclusive-rights tender this month, will have a chance to claim the No. 4 cornerback role. But so will Webster and 2012 fourth-round selection Omar Bolden, who played 57.8 percent of the snaps in Week 16 against Cleveland after Carter was deactivated and Tracy Porter (now with Oakland), suffered a first-series concussion after returning to the lineup for the first time in two months.

Bolden, who missed his final college season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, is two full years removed from the injury and should be at full strength to push for more playing time. Whether Webster can also be in that mix, or will be the fifth or sixth cornerback and limited to a developmental role as a rookie, will depend on how he adapts.

With some players, you focus on the numbers. With others, it's the film. Much of that depends on the performance of the team at large. For second-round pick Montee Ball, the film was ample, and working with a pro-style blocking scheme like Wisconsin uses allows for a keener glimpse at how he reads the development of a play.

That's not the case for Webster, who was often forced into adverse situations because the Bulls couldn't generate pressure without blitzing, and often struggled to give him any deep safety help, particularly last year.

The pressure exerted by the Bulls' front seven was so scattershot that Webster was one of their more effective pass rushers and run defenders at times; he had four tackles for loss and two sacks.

"He'll stick his nose in there in run support," Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said.

As Elway has also said before, "We don't draft All-Pros. We've got to make All-Pros." It's players like Webster of whom he was speaking.  Webster's coverage skills need polish, and the Broncos will try to coach him up. But a 4.41-second 40-yard dash time, open-field quickness and instincts are the kind of raw materials that can be molded into NFL quality.  With patience, Webster can work his way into a large role; in the short term, he'll provide depth.

Facebook Comments

Let us know your thoughts. Comment below through Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts.