Cal quarterback Davis Webb drafted in third round by New York Giants

Cal quarterback Davis Webb is taken in the third round, with the No. 87 pick overall, by the New York Giants in the NFL Draft. We've got highlights, Pro Day film and a scouting report.

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QB Davis Webb: Drafted
Round 3, No. 87 Overall
Team: New York Giants

Bio Info

Prosper (Tex.) Prosper High School / Texas Tech
229 pounds
4.79 40-yard dash
33 1/8-inch arm length
9 1/4-inch hands

NFL Combine
33-inch vertical
6.92-second 3-cone drill
4.21-second 20-yard shuttle

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
Four-star Draft prospect
No. 5 quarterback in the draft
No. 87 overall prospect

Webb will go to a team in the Giants with Geno Smith backing up Eli Manning. He'll have time to develop and evolve from a spread quarterback into a pro-style passer, and he's already got most of the tools.

The NFL Network's Mike Mayock's take: "Moves well enough, quick release, really big arm. He's one of five quarterbacks, maybe six, in this draft, who could start a game in the NFL at quarterback. The giants, like a lot of teams with aging quarterbacks ... are saying, 'We've got to start taking a look at the next generation.'" Webb narrowly missed becoming the 28th first-round NFL Draft pick out of Cal since the Draft began in 1936, and the sixth Bears quarterback taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, the second-most of any college football program. Cal is still tied with rival Stanford, in that respect.

Webb, though, becomes the second Cal quarterback taken in the NFL Draft in the last two years, with Jared Goff being taken No. 1 overall by the Los Angeles Rams a year ago. 12 total quarterbacks have been drafted out of Berkeley, including Webb, Goff, Craig Morton (1965 -- No. 6 to the Dallas Cowboys), Steve Bartkowski (1975 -- No. 1 to the Atlanta Falcons), Rich Campbell (1981 -- No. 6 to the Green Bay Packers), Kyle Boller (2003 -- No. 19 to the Baltimore Ravens), Aaron Rodgers (2005 -- No. 24 to the Packers), Vince Ferragamo (1977, 4th Round, Los Angeles Rams), Joe Kapp (1967, 18th Round, Minnesota Vikings), Paul Larson (1957, 8th Round, Chicago Cardinals), Mike Pawlawski (1992, 8th Round, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Troy Taylor (1990, 4th Round, New York Jets).

Cal had strings of at least one player selected in the NFL Draft for 28 consecutive years (1987-2014), one in the top three rounds for eight years (2007-14) and two in the first four rounds for five years (2010-14) before those streaks were snapped when no Cal player was selected in 2015. Report: Big-bodied prototypical NFL body-type quarterback, not overly mobile, but has a great feel for the pocket ... Inconsistent, with flashes of true pro potential ... Plus arm, downfield accuracy fluctuates ... Pro Football Focus graded him 4th in the nation through the first five weeks, but after a thumb injury against Oregon State, graded in at 142nd ... Can throw off-balance and from a variety of launch angles, can speed up compact release when blitzed ... Accuracy outside the numbers, particularly on deep balls, leaves something to be desired (5 of his 12 picks came on deep sideline routes) ... Will at times short-arm passes and throw off his back foot when in trouble ... Good improvisational skills, but can get himself in trouble when forced to throw on the run ... Can step up and drive the ball down field, but tends to favor the right side of the field more often than not, likely, at Cal, because that's where his best receiver -- Chad Hansen -- was, and he was very predictable with where he'd go with the ball ... Spread systems tend to have more half-field reads, rather than full-field progressions, so that's another aspect of his game that will have to be coached up ... That said, he's an exceptional student of the game, assimilates new information well, relishes new analytics and technologies, including virtual reality, logging more hours on the VR system at Cal than any other quarterback in the nation, including several NFL quarterbacks ... Needs to improve some of the finer points of quarterbacking -- moving defenders with his eyes, throwing receivers open, touch on deep balls and accuracy outside the hashes ... Has tended to float balls down field instead of driving, especially to the boundaries ... Playing in Air Raid-style offenses at Texas Tech and Cal, he's not taken snaps under center, so the footwork will need a lot of coaching if he's going to adapt to the drop-back passing game at the professional level ... A bit too much wasted motion before the throw, can get happy feet... The son of a coach, Webb has an advanced and mature approach to preparation, arriving at the Reese's Senior Bowl two days early to acclimate to the time change ... Tough, played ice hockey as a teenager, can take a hit and keep going, but more often than not is able to avoid direct contact ... Has a good feel for when and from where defenders are coming, and will release the ball when he feels he's held it too long. Career: The 2017 Senior Bowl MVP, Webb hit all 6 of his passes down the middle of the field for 94 yards, and went 4-of-10 outside the hashes for 71 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown to Texas A&M receiver Joshua Reynolds. He was perfect in his passes from the line of scrimmage out to 20 yards, completing all 7 of those attempts. He went 3-of-8 beyond 20 yards. Webb completed 841 of 1,367 passes (61.5%) for 9.852 yards, with 83 touchdowns and 34 interceptions over 35 games (26 starts) between three seasons at Texas Tech (2013-15) and one at Cal (2016).

Webb set Big 12 freshman records for 400-yard passing games (4), single-game passing yards (462), passing attempts in a single game (71), passes completed in a single game (45), 300-yard passing games (6) and passing touchdowns (20) and was the Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP in 2013 ... In 2014, Webb was an Academic All-Big 12 second team selection, also appearing on the Maxwell Award Watch List and the Manning Award Watch List, starting eight games and passing for 2,539 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 picks in 211-of-345 passing (61.2%) ... Injured his ankle against TCU on Oct. 25, 2014, and missed the final four games ... At end of 2014 season, had surgery on his left shoulder, which he injured against Oklahoma State ... Played behind fellow first-round prospect Pat Mahomes in 2015, appearing in only five games, before transferring ... Ranked eighth among Texas Tech all-time leaders in passing touchdowns (46); 10th in passing yards (5,557) and touchdowns responsible for (49); and 11th in passing completions (459), passing attempts (747) and total offense (5,567) after the 2015 campaign. Cal:  Voted team captain after 2 months on campus ... Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award semifinalist in his one season at Cal ... All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year (Athlon) ... Final 15 for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award ... Started all 12 games for the Bears, completing 382-of-620 passes (61.6%) for 4.295 yards, 37 passing touchdowns, 12 interceptions (135.62 passer efficiency rating) ... Pac-12's leading passer in yards per game (357.9), set Cal single-season records for passing attempts, completions, total plays ... Tied school records for touchdowns responsible for (43), rushing touchdowns for a quarterback (6) and 300-yard passing games (10) ... Threw four touchdowns in six games, including each of the first five games ... Completed seven passes of 56 or more yards ... Ranked among the nation’s leaders in passing yards per game (357.9 ypg, 2nd), passing attempts (2nd), completions per game (3rd, 31.83 cpg), points responsible for per game (3rd, 21.7 ppg), completions (4th), total offense (4th, 348.8 ypg), passing yards (6th), total plays (6th), passing touchdowns (T8th) and points responsible for (260, 8th).

By the Numbers (2016): 10-for-14 in 2016 on fourth down (71.4%) with an average of 7.36 yards per attempt ... In 3rd/4th down, with 9+ yards to go, completed 58.3% of passes, 9.83 yards per attempt, 5 touchdowns, 2 INT ... In 3rd and 6+ situations, went 50-of-97 (51.5%), averaged 7.43 yards per attempt, 6 TDs, 3 INT, 3 sacks ... On 3rd down overall, 74-for-148 (50.0%) for 968 yards, 7 touchdowns, 6 INT, 5 sacks ... Inside own 20, 32-for-46 (69.6%) for 7.78 yards per attempt, 2 INT ... When losing, completed 196 of 330 (59.4%) with 14 touchdown passes, 10 sacks, 8 sacks ... In fourth quarter, went 98-for-154 (63.6%), 7.28 yards per attempt, 11 TDs, 3 INT, 5 sacks, 144.5 QBR ... Highest QBR was in 2nd quarters (145.1), going 100-for-158 (63.3%) for 7.61 yards per attempt, 11 TDs, 4 INT, 5 sacks.

Expert Breakdown: "System quarterback with more than 65 percent of his attempts coming inside of 10 yards. Webb has enough raw talent to be considered a developmental prospect, but his decision-making and accuracy issues beyond 10 yards is a big red flag that might be tough to overcome in the NFL." -- Lance Zierlein, "Webb’s overall arm talent is intriguing. When throwing in rhythm vs. defined coverage looks, he is accurate and has every throw in the book. His touch on fades and go routes is very good, and knows how to pace the ball up and over defenders. When things don’t go as planned either with pressure or defensive movement his game takes a drastic change. His feet and mind get sped up and his ball placement suffers. He can be late to recognize coverage and try to make up for it with his arm, resulting in poor decisions. The learning curve from his offense at Cal will be steep. Overall Webb is a developmental quarterback with a chance to be a backup down the road." -- Pro Football Focus

“He had a very good week of practice at the Senior Bowl, not only on the field. I think he proved to people that he can adapt quickly and learn. He’ll be in the conversation for a lot of these teams for the first two or three rounds.” -- ESPN analyst Jon Gruden

“I love the size and his ability to see the field; he can make all the throws. It’s just the accuracy. I saw some throws that left you scratching your head. He’s got a nice arm and he can make any throw. But his decision-making at times is questionable. Too many throws into coverage, too many throws downfield where he didn’t see the safety in close proximity or didn’t care about throwing it in there. Ball placement, accuracy wasn’t what you want it to be. Even in the Senior Bowl when he got the award for offensive player, he missed a wide open receiver. I gave him a fourth-round grade, some people think he could go second round. I would not think about Davis Webb that early. On my list, he’d be a little overrated. He can definitely spin it. I just think the system and the lack of great accuracy are the reasons I’m not as high on him.” -- ESPN analyst Mel Kiper

"In 20-plus years of doing this, I’ve never seen a guy that’s more dedicated to being a good player than he is. His work ethic is just unmatched, unparalleled.” -- Former Cal head coach Sonny Dykes

"I think that, when you grow up as a coach’s kid, you pay a lot of attention to detail. Davis watches tape of practice probably two or three times. One, he’s going through the whole thing with scheme, the next one he goes through is about his technique, and he’s starting to understand. He pays close attention to every single person on the field, and I think that just makes communication easier for me, because he’s up to speed, and he’s studied everything about it. He can tell you how Chad runs every single route. He can tell you why D-Rob (Demetris Robertson) is good at running. If you call a certain play, in his mind, he knows exactly where he’s going, because he’s studied the game so much, and that’s where communication is just so easy.” -- Former Cal offensive coordinator Jake Spavital Top Stories