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Chargers select S Mark Webb with 241st pick

The Bolts finally land a safety.

Reese’s Senior Bowl Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

With the 241st-overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, the Chargers selected safety Mark Webb out of Georgia.

The 6’1, 207-pound Webb gets added to a fairly shallow position group that currently includes Derwin james, Nasir Adderley, and 2020 sixth-round pick, Alohi Gilman. At face value, Webb is an average athlete with good size for a safety. His lack of athleticism likely pigeonholes him into being a box safety at the next level which means the Bolts are still lacking any depth at free safety behind Adderley. His explosion numbers were great at his pro day, including a notable 11’4” in the broad jump while his 4.61 40 was a bit underwhelming.

Initially a four-star wide receiver recruit, Webb switched to the defensive side of the ball and immediately saw the field as a true freshman. As a sophomore in 2018, Webb earned just one start in 14 games, finishing with 14 stops and three pass breakups.

In nine starts as a junior, Webb recorded career-highs with 46 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, and two forced fumbles to go with another three PBUs. This past season, Webb started three of eight games and recorded his first career interception and broke up another two passes.

Webb became the fifth player among the Chargers’ nine draft picks this year to have accepted an invitation to the 2021 Senior Bowl.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote that Webb may be not be athletic enough to play that role in the league so a switch to a run-and-chase WILL linebacker may be in his future.