RSP Boiler Room No. 102: RB Ralph Webb (Vanderbilt) Pads And Knees

Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room examines the pad level and knee usage of 2018 NFL Draft prospect Ralph Webb of Vanderbilt.

Reduction of surface level is a key trait for technically sound tackle breakers at the NFL level. The less a defender can grab onto with ease, the more likely a ball carrier runs through contact. Vanderbilt running back Ralph Webb’s running style at the point of contact is a textbook example of what young runners should do and it’s why he’s a good yards-after-contact runner despite listed at 202 pounds.

Is Webb the next Travis Henry, Edgerrin James, Marshawn Lynch, or Ezekiel Elliott? It’s unlikely, but with pad level and knee height like what he shows above, he’s a good, hard-nosed running back who has a shot at a relevant NFL career. Stay tuned.

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