Webb Proving to be Draft Day Steal..............
Bears’ J’Marcus Webb proving to be draft-day steal
“That’s a good thing when you’re talking about an offensive tackle and you’re not really pointing him out,” said Bears coach Lovie Smith. “That’s saying that he’s getting his block most of the time. He doesn’t do a lot of talking. He comes to work, always.
“(Offensive line coach) Mike (Tice) has done a great job with him. He graded out high this past week, and that’s the type of play we’ve been getting, not only from J’Marcus but (third-year right tackle) Lance Louis also. Both of our tackles have played well.”
If Webb continues to improve, he could wind up being one of Bears GM Jerry Angelo’s all-time-best draft steals. The 6-foot-7, 333-pounder wasn’t drafted until the seventh round in 2010, 218th overall.“Our scout, Chris Ballard, gave me the background on the kid,” Tice said. “If he’s good enough to (play) as a freshman at Texas, he must have some kind of natural ability.”
Webb left Texas after one year, spent one year at Navarro (Texas) College and then started 24 games in two years at West Texas A&M.
“He’s accepted hard coaching, and he’s very mature, football wise; I don’t know about socially,” Tice said, joking. “He’s smart, and he’s really working hard at his trade, so he’s going to get better, and he is getting better. At his size, the way he moves and can recover, if you can develop him, you’ve got yourself a good one.”