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What a strange college journey for Davis Webb. As a true freshman (2013) at Texas Tech, right before the season starts, he gets sick and loses 40 pounds (from 200+ pounds down to 160+ pounds). He recovers quickly. He's expected to be the backup to walk-on starter Baker Mayfield in 2013, but immediately sees playing time in the first few games. Five games into the season for the 5-0 Red Raiders, he gets his first start versus Iowa State – he throws 56 times for 415 yards and 3 TDs in the 'Air Raid' offense, and the team jumps to a 6-0 record. The following week he goes for 462 yards and 2 TDs in a win over West Virginia…now, 7-0. He then loses his next 3 games, gets banged up in third loss and misses a few games. He returns for their bowl game, starts, and drops 403 yards and Arizona State with 4 TD/0 INT. An amazing run for a true freshman.

Of course, Webb becomes the 'it' young QB in college football heading into 2014. He forced Baker Mayfield to transfer to Oklahoma. Webb's rolling again – he throws 22 TD passes in his first 7 games but gets hurt (ankle injury) in Tech's eight game and is out for the rest of the season – ankle and a shoulder injury. True freshman, and baseball star prospect (and son of a former MLB pitcher) Patrick Mahomes takes over and racks big numbers as well.

2015 is a full-fledged QB battle between Webb and Mahomes. Texas Tech commits to Mahomes. Webb is his backup for the season…and dramatic fall from young star and Heisman hopeful to backup QB. Webb transfers to Cal for his 2016 season.

In 2016, for Cal, Webb produces huge numbers again – he throws for 3.1 TDs per game with 10 games of 300+ yards passing, six games with 390+ yards passing, and three 440+ yard passing games including a 522-yard performance against San Diego State.

Everyone is left to wonder? Is Davis Webb another Texas Tech stat compiler (and similar pass-game mindset at Cal) who will fail converting to the next level or is he a legit NFL quarterback prospect? The guy couldn’t even hold his job at Texas Tech, so how good could he be?

He's pretty darn good.

I get why Texas Tech made their decision to roll with Mahomes. They were going to lose one of them to transfer, and Texas Tech would rack up big offensive numbers with most any decent QB. They chose the physically bigger athlete with less injury concerns, more eligibility and bigger family name (my suspicion). No major sleight to Webb, but Mahomes was maybe the smarter (coin-flip) overall choice for TTU…but not a smack to Webb's ability.

If you promised me a full healthy career at the pro level, I'd take Webb over Mahomes without batting an eye. Both are legit NFL prospects, but Webb is the obviously more astute, the more natural player.

Webb has near perfect pocket mechanics and is completely in control of the game/the whole field at all times. He doesn’t get rattled and he knows how to run his offense. He's not perfect. I've seen him make some dumb/forced throws, but by and large he is great decision-maker and leader of an offense.

Webb's throwing mechanics are excellent. He had a rapid release and moves his body into his throws. He has more touch/instinct than most QB prospects in this draft or of the past few. He's a great 'new era' quarterback. He gets rid of the ball quickly and used to running an up-tempo offense and just playing chess with the defense. Webb reminds me a little of Marcus Mariota and Dak Prescott…except Webb is not much of a running threat. Webb makes fast decisions and throws quickly and accurately in the passing game…if given a little time and the weapons.

That's the one thing that sticks out in my notes – his weapons at Cal. Webb had terrific output and tape, but his output could have much greater if he had any WRs to throw to. His best WR at Cal (Chad Hansen) missed time with an injury, and he's likely not an NFL prospect…and the other options were worse. Webb could have been even better with more weapons…and maybe seen as a better prospect as well. His receivers held him back, to some degree.

I mention Mariota and Prescott – I mean that in the sense of style of play and mannerisms in college…quick decisions, rapid release, great instincts. But I also mean it in the same way I scouted Prescott pre-draft 2016 – Webb is a 'new era' QB prospect. He's probably thrown more passes in his college career than most QB prospects from a decade ago did in their entire lives before they hit the NFL. In three seasons of play, Webb threw 1,367 passes and Lord knows how many more practicing that 'Air Raid' style plus in all the seven-on-seven camps, etc. Webb is 'ready to go' for the NFL right away. He'd be better than 5-10 NFL quarterbacks the first day he hit the field…some of that is his natural talent, but a lot is his repetitions…his repetitions + talent. Webb, like Mariota and Prescott, is unflappable. He's in total control playing quarterback. He's just been in offenses that feature a heavy volume of throws per game, per season.

To further Webb's preparedness, you have to consider he is a graduate student working on his Masters. He is the son of a top, rising high school football coach. He's likely been to every elite camp there ever was. He was quickly named captain of his (new) Cal team. When he left Texas Tech, and then backed out of a loose commitment to Colorado (then choosing Cal), the coaches from tech and Colorado did nothing but praise his character and work ethic after he left them. I've watched Webb in interviews and he is genuine and in command. He is well-groomed to be the leader of a NFL franchise. An impressive QB prospects from every aspect.

The two knocks I would have: (1) A mild history of injury – nothing completely devastating but missed time in his freshman and sophomore years…and it end up ushering in his ouster from the starting job at Texas Tech. (2) He has a lot of positives, but he does make a few bad decisions. He reminds me of Marcus Mariota as a college passer. So many quick, smart throws and then occasional dumb ones. I think some of it just comes with the high volume of passes. And no college QB is perfect. Also, Webb is a million times better throwing deep than Mariota was in college. Webb throws a beautiful deep ball.

The thing I remember most about my Webb study is his worst game of 2016 – 1 TD/3 INTs in a 66-27 loss to Washington. I would assign turnover blame to weak WRs and getting rocked in the second half versus a great team and Webb taking a few chances with nothing to lose. He's definitely not a turnover machine on bizarre throws like a Chad Kelly from this year's class or back with Jameis Winston coming out of FSU. Webb was not helped by his receivers at all versus highly ranked Washington. He was making NFL throws to mediocre college talent WRs. Once the game got out of hand, Webb started forcing some things to no avail. All his 'good games' look the same to me. His bad game vs. Washington…I wasn't dismayed by anything he did at all.



Davis Webb, Through the Lens of Our QB Scouting Algorithm:

What's not to love with his college output? If he had redshirted and didn't miss his junior season and played all four years at TTU -- he might have been a record breaker in some all-time categories in the NCAA.

26 times in his college career, Webb threw 31 or more passes in a game and he averaged 2.8 TD passes per game in them -- with 19 of 31 games with 300+ yards passing. He threw for 4 or more TDs in a game nine times. Some of that is volume, but some of that is Webb is a terrific, instinctual, savvy QB.

The turnover rate is on the higher side, 12 picks in 12 games last season – 3 INTs in a game twice (vs. San Diego State and Washington). However, in the context of the volume of throws Webb is higher in turnover rate than most top prospects, but not in a danger/red flag zone.

The Historical QB Prospects to Whom Davis Webb Most Compares Within Our System:

I love this comparison list – Webb is a mashup of Matt Ryan and Mike Glennon. Only, I think Webb is slightly better than both. All three are willing to throw deep, but Webb and Glennon are a step ahead of Ryan in that area, in my book. Webb is the better short game passer, because he was schooled in that five-wide, up-tempo system than was Glennon.

I was so-so on Ryan coming out of BC. I really liked Glennon's makeup coming out of NC State, and like what he's done when given the chance in the pros. Webb, I think, is slightly better than them because he is so studied, practiced, and polished as an up-tempo passer.

Ryan and Webb had almost the identical number of throws in college…

1,367 throws for 9,852 yards, 83 TDs/34 INTs = Webb

1,347 throws for 9,313 yards, 56 TDs/37 INTs = Ryan

QB Grade






Adj. Comp. Pct.

Adj. Yds per Comp

Adj. Pass per TD

Adj. Pass per INT


Webb, Davis










Ryan, Matt


Boston Coll








Glennon, Mike


NC State








Tannehill, Ryan


Texas A&M








Grayson, Garrett


Colorado St








Lobbestael, Marsh,


Wash State








Potts, Taylor


Texas Tech







*“Adj” = A view of adjusted college output in our system…adjusted for strength of opponent.

**A score of 8.5+ is where we see a stronger correlation of QBs going onto become NFL good-to-great. A scouting score of 9.5+ is rarefied air—higher potential for becoming great-to-elite.

QBs scoring 6.0–8.0 are finding more success in the new passing era of the NFL (2014–on). Depending upon system and surrounding weapons, a 6.0–8.0 rated QB can do fine in today’s NFL—with the right circumstances…but they are not ‘the next Tom Brady’ guys, just NFL-useful guys.

2017 NFL Draft Outlook:

As of this writing, Mitch Trubisky hasn't declared one way or the other what his 2017 intention is. Webb has to begging Trubisky to stay in school because if he does – I have to believe Webb will be in the debate (and the favorite) as the top ranked QB prospect in this class…and thus could go as high as #1 overall. Anyone who thought Carson Wentz was a top prospect…he cannot hold a candle to Webb as a pocket passer. Jared Goff or Webb? That's what will hurt Webb some…the Cal comparison to Goff because the fans/media have turned on Goff. I think Goff was a better all-around, classical QB prospect…and Webb might be better suited for the 'new era' of up-tempo.

NFL Outlook:   

It will be all about what team/offense Webb lands with…as I will say for almost every prospect. It’s especially true for the QB prospects. Playing for guys like Jeff Fisher or Mike Zimmer…it will destroy your career. Going to play for a fresh, dynamic offensive coach could ignite a career. Unfortunately for Webb, there are not many fresh coaches out there…mostly long-time assistants turned head coaches. Webb is going to struggle to find an instant home in the NFL.

Eventually, Webb will become a starter and whether he is overcoached and solid or lands in a perfect place and is terrific all depends upon fate.