No. 3 – Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb
The Washington Redskins found a steal in Robert Kelley two years ago, but regardless of Kelley’s success, relative to his draft status, he always lacked the quickness and patience to be a featured back for the Washington Redskins.
There are plenty of options that bring value in the NFL Draft, but if the Washington Redskins are confident in Robert Kelley and Samaje Perine as suitable depth players, and they feel that they’re better off using their draft picks on other positions, then they must make bringing in Vanderbilt running back Ralph Webb a priority following the NFL Draft. Here’s what I had to say about Webb in a recent article detailing draft running backs:
"Ralph Webb is one of my favorite underrated prospects in this draft. At 5-foot-10, 202, he’s a bit undersized, but he makes up for it with a running style that resembles an angry bee. He has a nice whir to his movement, always moving his feet to stay on edge. And when the field opens up, he explodes forward. He can diagnose quickly at the line and initiate devastating cuts, making the most out of what the defense gives him. His burst is somewhat inconsistent, but when he gets his feet set, he’s dangerous."
Webb has the burst at the line, as well as the lateral quickness and agility, that Kelley has lacked throughout his time with Washington. Webb has natural motion that has been underrated by teams up to this point in the draft process, and if he can bulk up a bit, he can be a very good addition for a team like Washington. He wasn’t the all-time leading rusher at Vanderbilt for no reason. Webb has talent, and while inconsistent, his burst can sometimes be classified as elite. Webb should promptly find himself a role to thrive in when teams come calling after the draft. The Washington Redskins would do well to be one of those teams.