2017 NFL Draft: A complete look at quarterbacks for the Chiefs
By John McCarty
Davis Webb, California, Senior (6-4, 230 pounds)
Never before has a prospect I like less had more helium moving up the draft. If you are looking for a positive review of Davis Webb in this spot, you’ll want to stop reading here. I’m not a fan, in any way, of Webb as a prospect, and even less as a potential prospect for our Chiefs.
- Very strong arm
- Good size
- Athletic for size
- Poise in pocket
- Not consistently accurate at any level
- Poor decision making
- Poor touch
- Not a runner
- Limited ability to work progressions
If you really want to evaluate Davis Webb, I encourage you to watch the highlight film of fellow Cal draft hopeful Chad Hansen. Never before have I seen a receiver work so hard to catch footballs from a quarterback some draft pundits are calling for to go in the top 40 and maybe sneak into the first round.
Yes, Webb has an absolute howitzer attached to his shoulder and can probably throw the ball further then anyone else in the draft, and yes, Webb will stand in the pocket and take a hit to deliver a throw. Webb is the guy that when you watch highlight tape, shows the arm, shows the poise, shows an ability to move around the pocket. There are quarterback coaches in organizations all across the league who look at the size and arm strength and are telling their GM, “Yep, I can work with that.”
The big concern with Webb is that he’s just not accurate. At all. In any way you look at it, Webb is not accurate. College windows, NFL windows, it’s just not there. And as is a problem seen with a lot of prospects with big arms, they struggle with touch, dropping the ball in instead of simply firing a missile.
Webb is a guy that will be drafted because he can throw the ball hard and really far. He will end up out of the league because he was unable consistently hit targets and a team had to go with someone different.
Will the Chiefs draft him at No. 59? No
Will he be available at No. 59? Not likely
NFL Comparison: Brock Osweiler, Browns (currently)
Past this, I can see I don’t see any other quarterbacks worthy of going very high. Why is it important for the Chiefs to come out of this draft with a quarterback? Because if they don’t, well, you may be looking at a contract extension for Alex Smith.
The Chiefs are in an ideal place to add a quarterback, to move up and grab one if necessary. The time has come.