NFL Draft Scouting Report: Davis Webb

California
Quarterback #7
Senior, 6’5″ 230

Strengths:

  • Despite a long wind-up, he possesses a sound over-the-top delivery that allows the ball to come out smoothly
  • Enters throws with a six-inch step
  • Athletic thrower who can deliver from an unbalanced base or snap into a sound platform
  • High IQ passer who understands passing lanes and makes the correct pre-/post-snap reads
  • Utilizes plus mental processing to throw with desired anticipation and avoid taking sacks
  • Connects his feet with his eyes
  • Properly climbs plant leg on vertical routes for optimal turn-over
  • Fluid set up and delivery on catch-and-release throws
  • Generates desired velocity through core rotation
  • Big arm can stretch the defense vertically and attack the holes of Cover 2 and 4
  • Change-of-passer passer who can drop takeoffs in the bucket with requisite touch
  • Does a good job of putting the ball out in front to allow for YAC, particularly on underneath crossers
  • An effective pump fake was displayed multiple times
  • Looks comfortable in the pocket with active feet to slide and adjust
  • Desirable build and stature for an NFL quarterback

Weaknesses:

  • Maddening inefficient weight transfer causes vertical balls to hang or be under thrown; receivers were forced to adjust far too often as Webb would leave yards on the field
  • Sets the ball too low and thus creating a lengthy wind-up
  • Inconsistent with his desire to hold defenders with his eyes, often telegraphing his throws against zone coverage
  • Will panic when pockets quickly collapse, throwing before his feet are set
  • Downfield touch fluctuates
  • Occasionally leaves front side shoulder open on take-offs
  • Needs to drive deep shots to the honey hole rather than leaving them in the air
  • Benefited from the rhythm the uptempo offense provided

Webb originally began his career as a Texas Tech Red Raider, but chose to transfer following three seasons marred by injury and an untimely illness that saw him lose his job to Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes. In 23 games at Tech, Webb completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 5,557 yards and 46 touchdowns against 22 interceptions. Webb chose to transfer to Cal and play his final season under Air Raid disciple Sonny Dykes, completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 4,295 and 37 touchdowns against 12 interceptions.

An athletic passer who can contort his body to make off-balanced throws, Webb can point his shoulder to his target and make uncomfortable throws look by putting it in the ideal spot. Webb quick and decisive in his drop and set up, hanging in the pocket and getting rid of the ball in a timely effort. His arm made all the throws asked of him in their “Bear Raid” system with the strength and pace to challenge two-high looks; his experience in that system was on full display in 2016 as he was able to beat coverage disguises and rolls with his pre-snap knowledge. With his over-the-top release and flick of the wrist to generate good rotation upon delivery, Webb was able to put the ball in good spots and drive down the field with proper velocity.

The most notable weakness of Webb’s evaluation was inconsistent weight transfer on vertical shots that forced receivers to break stride or adjust to throws outside of their catch radius, ultimately leaving offense on the field. Similarly, his touch on such throws was equally inconsistent as he often overshot his receivers who were adept at stacking corners and creating separation; despite his ability to defeat the holes of Cover 2 and 4, Webb often elected to deliver level three balls as opposed to driving through the release point to drop passes in the honey hole.

Pro comp: Jeff Driskel

Both quarterbacks were blessed with NFL-level build and statures, active feet in the pocket and the arm to challenge all levels of the field. Simultaneously, Webb and Driskel also struggled with their deep shots that forced receivers to adjust or saw too many overthrows rob guys of big plays and occasionally seeing ghosts in the pocket.

Draft Value: 5th Round

Webb has quality tools that I believe you can win with, but he is in the developmental stage and likely will be for a few years to grow into an NFL passer. He is a smart football player, and shouldn’t struggle to learn a new system, but it will likely take some time to perfect the adjustments and checks at the line.

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