2017 NFL Draft Profile: Quarterback Davis Webb
By Samuel Sutton
In this 2017 NFL Draft profile, we will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of California Golden Bears quarterback, Davis Webb.
There are a lot of project quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft that a team can build around. But that’s really all there are: just project quarterbacks. However, there is one quarterback who can quickly become a starter in this league, and that is California Golden Bears quarterback, Davis Webb.
This guy has played really well throughout his college career, and he’s shown that he can play in the NFL. Webb played one year in California, and while the team didn’t do great, he still played phenomenally. The 6’5 signal caller threw for 4,295 yards and 37 touchdowns. He also had a 61.6 completion average.
Webb started his career at Texas Tech, where he earned the starting job almost immediately. In his freshman year, he threw 2,718 yards, 20 touchdowns, and only nine interceptions. He earned the team a Holiday Bowl victory, where he threw four touchdowns and earned himself a Holiday Bowl MVP award.
Unfortunately for Webb, he would get hurt in his sophomore and junior season, which set him back immensely. He lost the starting job at Tech and decided to transfer to California, where he instantly earned the starting job and posted big numbers.
His biggest highlight last season was in the Senior Bowl, where he threw his team’s first touchdown and won the Senior Bowl MVP. With this backstory, it’s clear that he’s a solid quarterback. However, he does have some weaknesses.
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The best thing about Webb is his arm strength. Throughout college and high school, Webb was able to show off that attribute, not only with bombs down field but also with blazing fast throws. Seriously, take it from someone who caught passes from him in freshman year of high school, this guy throws hard.
Another positive is his height. At 6’5, he is able to easily see the field, and make the right decisions. He was arguably the best at doing this during his time in college.
He doesn’t really seem like the best team leader. When things are going his way, he’s always positive and full of energy. However, when the going gets tough, Webb always seems to leave.
In high school, Webb left a struggling Keller High School football team to go and play for Prosper, where he was able to really impress college scouts. Yes, his dad moved to Prosper to coach, but it still seemed like he was leaving because his time in Keller wasn’t that great.
Another example of this was his transition from Texas Tech to California. He lost his job, and he didn’t really fight for it back. Instead, he saw an opportunity to shine elsewhere and took it.
DRAFT DAY PREDICTION
Because most teams don’t think of Webb as a start-right-away guy, he will probably fall to the late second, early third round. A team could pick him up and have him learn under a veteran NFL quarterback. He could figure out everything he needs to learn, and when the vet leaves, comes in to start.