Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but a former member of Ohio State’s secondary has found a home in the NFL. This time, it was safety Damon Webb, who— according to reports— was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent. In joining the Titans, Webb will be reunited with his college position coach, Kerry Coombs, who left Ohio State to join Buckeye legend Mike Vrabel, who took over as head coach this offseason.
The 2017 Cotton Bowl MVP, Webb’s final game at Ohio State was an impressive one; the Detroit native recovered a fumble, and returned a Sam Darnold interception for a touchdown. As the only returning starter to the Buckeyes’ secondary in 2017, he led a group of young talented players, which included the fourth-overall pick in the draft, Denzel Ward.
After being an honorable mention as a junior, Webb was named to the All-Big Ten third-team as a senior. His five interceptions in 2017 were good for second best in the B1G, and tied for 11th nationally. Over his four year career, Webb accounted for 131 tackles and seven passes defended.
Looking towards the NFL, scouts note that he has improved his game tremendously over his time as a starter, and is a strong tackler, especially in run support. However, at just a tick under 5’11, and weighing in at 209 pounds, he is a bit undersized, and doesn’t have the athletic ability to be an immediate contributor in the NFL. His lack of top-line speed could also be an issue as he jumps to the next level.
Despite that, Webb has proven productive against some of the best competition in college football, and I wouldn’t count him out from having a quality pro career just yet. Congratulations, Damon, on achieving the dream of joining an NFL roster.