Defensive back Mark Webb of Georgia (26) Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
Round 7: LA Chargers Safety Mark Webb
Seventh-round picks are almost always wild cards and never have a clear route to a 53-man roster, especially if they can’t contribute on special teams.
Fortunately for Georgia safety Mark Webb, he falls into the same category as Nick Niemann and has excellent tackling prowess, which should help bolster his stock value on special teams. That’ll go a long way towards ensuring the 6-foot-1, 207-pound Webb winds up making his way onto the regular-season roster.
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The LA Chargers missed safety Derwin James all of last season because of injury, and it’s a lot to ask fellow safety Nasir Adderley to make the big jump in year three of his own career without some support.
Given that, finding some additional safety depth to support these two while guarding against injury was a wise move at the back end of the NFL Draft.
Webb has speed to burn, which could make him an excellent gunner on special teams. And he’ll have the ability to be rangy in space on the defense, too, which could go a long way towards matching up with some of the faster receivers he’ll face within the AFC West.
For now, though, look for him to primarily be a special teams ace.