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MU’s Braylon Webb ready to do whatever it takes for NFL dream

Braylon Webb had a productive career as a three-year starter at strong safety for Missouri, earning second-team All-SEC honors as a senior, but hasn’t moved the needle much as an NFL prospect.
Braylon Webb had a productive career as a three-year starter at strong safety for Missouri, earning second-team All-SEC honors as a senior, but hasn’t moved the needle much as an NFL prospect. Kansas City Star

Braylon Webb feels like a forgotten man.

He had a productive career as a three-year starter at strong safety for Missouri, earning second-team All-SEC honors as a senior, but hasn’t moved the needle much as an NFL prospect.

That doesn’t bother Webb.

“I’ve been overlooked for most of my life, so I expect probably like the worst situation and I’ll go from there,” Webb said. “But all I need is a shot and I’ll make the most of my opportunity.”

Webb made 89 tackles, including 60 solo stops, with three interceptions as a junior. He made 70 tackles, including 2 1/2 for a loss, with four interceptions as a senior.

As the most seasoned player on the back end of the Tigers’ defense, Webb was responsible for making sure the defense was properly lined up before each snap, so he’s a smart player with a high football IQ in addition to being productive.

That wasn’t enough to get him invited to the NFL Combine in February at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, but Webb hopes it’s enough to get him hooked up with an NFL team before the weekend is finished.

“I’m a hard-working guy with a chip on my shoulder that’s been overlooked his whole life,” Webb said. “I’m ready to prove a lot of people wrong. I’m selfless. I carry myself in a professional manner. I’ll give you everything I’ve got.”

Webb also served as Missouri’s holder and would welcome special teams duties on the coverage or return units.

“I’ll do anything,” Webb said. “I’m a man of many talents and whatever they ask me to do, I’ll do. If they want me to play center, I’ll play center. I’ll pick up a little weight, stay late after practice, get with quarterback and go early and start snapping.”

Growing up, Webb, a 6-foot and 205-pound native of Gilmer, Texas, never considered a football career.

“I didn’t even really expect to play football in college,” he said. “I certainly didn’t expect to go anywhere big. I didn’t think I was that good growing up. All I did was work hard and everything came from that.”

Webb’s mindset also changed during five seasons in Columbia.

“There’s always things you’d go back and wish you could change, but I’m pretty pleased with my Missouri career for the most part,” Webb said. “Playing here and having the success that we’ve had here, getting the coaching that I got, of course, I expect to play at the next level now.”

Webb worked out on his own after MU’s Pro Day and said he’s heard from eight or nine teams this week, including Cleveland, Minnesota, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Denver, Philadelphia and San Diego. He has not heard from the Chiefs or Rams.

Webb said graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sports management in December and having a successful career on back-to-back SEC East division championship teams are his favorite memories.

“That and winning at Texas A&M this year, because I really wanted to beat them being from Texas,” Webb said.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @todpalmer.

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