In the days and weeks leading up to the NFL Draft, CardinalsSource will profile 30 draft prospects who could end up making their way to Arizona this offseason.
Player: Davis Webb
Weight: 229 pounds
Arm length: 33 1/8 inches
Hand size: 9 1/4 inches
College stats: 2013: 226-for-361, 62.6 completion percentage, 2,718 yards, 20 touchdowns, nine interceptions, 2014: 211-for-345, 61.2 completion percentage, 2,539 yards, 24 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 2015: 22-for-41, 300 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, 2016: (Cal) 382-for-620, 4,295 yards, 37 touchdowns, 12 interceptions
Strengths: Though he's likely not a candidate to be scooped up with a first-round selection, Webb brings plenty of intriguing tools to the table that make him a legitimate NFL prospect. For starters, Webb has the prototypical size and speed needed to play the position in the NFL, and though he's not especially mobile, he's agile enough to work the pocket, extend plays and keep defenses guessing because he does an excellent job keeping his eyes down the field. Additionally, Webb has the arm strength to make all of the throws in a professional playbook, and he displayed that arm strength in Air Raid offenses both at Texas Tech and at Cal. Aside from having a strong arm, though, Webb is relatively accurate for a passer who was often asked to take more deep shots than many of his draft-eligible counterparts, as those are the types of throws that hurt a player's completion percentage. While Webb may not have a particularly high ceiling in the NFL, he's got a relatively high floor and has demonstrated the ability to process defenses and coverages, which is half the battle for players entering the league.
Weaknesses: While Webb has the arm strength to make every throw he's asked to, he also has a tendency to short arm passes and throw off of his back foot instead of stepping into throws. These are mechanical flaws that could slow Webb's development, because he'll need to rework his throwing motion while also learning the footwork required of NFL quarterbacks. It's impossible to say how Webb will transition to the NFL because Air Raid quarterbacks have traditionally struggled picking up pro-style concepts, and it's likely that he'll need at least a year or two before he's able to demonstrate complete competency with a professional playbook. Though Webb didn't have a tendency to put balls in jeopardy at the college level, he did float passes when he could have put more zip on the ball and that's another habit he'll need to break.
Webb's fit: The clear-cut path for Webb to fall into Arizona's hands would be for the Cardinals to pursue a player at a different position with the 13th overall pick and then draft Webb in the second round if the top four signal-callers in this year's draft are already off the board. Is a player falling to the Cardinals the type of player that Steve Keim and Bruce Arians want to entrust the organization's future to? Probably not, but there's a number of ways the Cardinals could do worse than Webb. Webb is certainly a project, but a coach like Arians has the utmost faith in himself to develop quarterbacks and the organization does have a handful of coaches on staff with experience tinkering with different signal-callers and their mechanics. Is there a chance that Webb never develops into something more than a serviceable backup? Absolutely. Nevertheless, with the franchise having a need at the quarterback position, he's a player worth considering because all of the passers projected to go in the first round of the draft also have their drawbacks.