Scouting Profile: Quarterback Davis Webb
Davis Webb, California
Weight: 229 lbs.
40-yard dash: 4.79 seconds
Arms: 33 1/8”
Hands: 9 1/4”
Once you get past the quarterbacks atop the rankings (consensus seems to be some combination of Mitch Trubisky, Pat Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer), the field is split. The player who stands out in the next tier for me is Cal’s Webb. He stands at 6’5” and weighs right around 230 pounds, making him the ideal size for a pocket passer, which is precisely what he is.
The first thing I noticed while watching Webb is that he stands tall in the pocket and doesn’t panic at all. It’s rare to see a quarterback play with as much poise as he does at this stage in his career, not shuffling his feet at the first sign of pressure, but instead moves toward the pocket. His patience is a great attribute, as it helps him complete screen passes without panicking, like most quarterbacks do. Instead, he understands the pressure, yet also understands what it takes for a play to develop.
His calmness can sometimes come off as nonchalant, leading to carelessness with the football. That’s the reason he threw multiple interceptions in three different games in 2016, which is something he needs to get under control. The odd part is that he has touch on his deep ball, letting his receivers run under the ball, rather than catch up with it. So when looking at his interceptions, it really came down to his decision-making. Make no mistake about it, Webb has the arm to make all NFL throws.
You can forget about him adding any sort of rushing value in fantasy leagues, as he totaled positive rushing yards in just three of 12 games in 2016. Now he did score six rushing touchdowns, so he’s able to take a goal-line plunge, but don’t expect anything else. Webb is the definition of a pocket passer in the NFL, and should be treated as such.
Overall, I think Webb can turn into a solid starter in the NFL. He has a lot of the qualities that you look for in a quarterback, even if he doesn’t have the ceiling of someone like Pat Mahomes. He is solid in nearly every category and just might be the most pro-ready quarterback in the class. He shouldn’t be taken in the first round or anything, but if you’re a playoff team looking for a competent backup at this point in time, Webb makes for a great pick.
Potential Landing Spot
If the Patriots were to have traded Jimmy Garoppolo, they would have been the ideal landing spot for someone like Webb. But since that didn’t happen, the Cardinals are a team that should really consider him. Most have tied Mahomes to them, but I think they’re looking for a player that helps them win now in the first round considering Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald appear to be playing their final season. Landing someone like Webb in the next two rounds would be ideal. Bruce Arians should be able to help develop Webb and could potentially turn him into their Palmer replacement in 2018.
When watching Webb, there was nobody that immediately came to mind as a comparison, so I needed to break him down to “who does his game resemble.” I wanted to make that clear, because his game resembles that of Tom Brady, as both quarterbacks are very comfortable bouncing in the pocket, standing tall, and willing to let plays develop. Brady also throws one of the nicest deep balls in the game, which happens to be one of Webb’s strongest attributes. He’ll also adjust the ball speed depending on the situation, which is a big positive, as some quarterbacks have just one speed. Again, he doesn’t compare to Brady, but that’s who his game resembles.
To read up on some of the other high-profile NFL Draft prospects, check out the links below:
Mitch Trubisky – (QB, North Carolina)
Deshaun Watson – (QB, Clemson)
Pat Mahomes – (QB, Texas Tech)
DeShone Kizer – (QB, Notre Dame)
Leonard Fournette – (RB, LSU)
Joe Mixon – (RB, Oklahoma)
Christian McCaffrey – (RB, Stanford)
Dalvin Cook – (RB, Florida State)
Corey Davis – (WR, Western Michigan)
Mike Williams – (WR, Clemson)
John Ross – (WR, Washington)