Webb has been on both sides of the quarterback depth chart battle during his four years in college. The Texas native signed up to play for then-new head coach Kliff Kingsbury's wide-open offense at Texas Tech. He ended up taking the reins of that offense halfway through his true freshman season, unseating future two-year Heisman Trophy finalist Baker Mayfield (who moved on to Oklahoma the next year) in the process. He played in 10 games, starting six, that year, completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 2,718 yards and 20 touchdowns, with nine interceptions. Webb started eight games the following year (2,539 yards, 24 TD, 13 INT, 61.2 completion pct), but lost the job to Patrick Mahomes. He played in just five games the next year as Mahomes' back-up (22-of-41, 300 yards, two TD, zero INT), leading to his decision to transfer as a graduate student. He initially agreed to go to Colorado but eventually switched to Cal to replace the number one pick in the 2016 draft, Jared Goff. Webb started all 12 games for the Bears, earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors (4,295 yards, 37 TD, 12 INT, 61.6 completion pct.)
Stands tall in the pocket with a high release point. Rhythm passer. Can drive it with accuracy between hashes when allowed to sling from a clean pocket. Shows patience to allow crossing routes to clear traffic. Expedites release with compact delivery when blitzed. Functional poise with blitz in his face. Slides to create cleaner platform to launch from when pocket gets noisy. Internal clock is operational. Has feel for when ball has been in his hands too long and will look to release it. Feet are good enough to operate in a boot-action passing attack. Completion percentage saw an uptick in the fourth quarter in 2016.
Robotic decision-making. Decision on where to go with ball seems predetermined despite coverages. Needs to get better at manipulating safeties with his eyes. Inconsistent velocity to sideline causes nose of ball to dip. Drive throws sometime sail. Has slow setup in pocket with excessive pre-release steps. Cornerbacks contest too many throws due to lack of anticipation. Timing passes must come out sooner. Plagued by accuracy issues and decision-making outside the numbers on both intermediate and deep throws. Five of his 12 interceptions in 2016 were along deep sidelines due to under-throws and failure to read safety help. Touch and placement are an issue when forced to leave the pocket. Not a factor as a scrambler.
Sources Tell Us
"He obviously is going to need coaching after being in those offenses at Texas Tech and Cal. I think he has enough between the ears to unlearn some of his bad habits and start to get things right. I see another Nick Foles if you give him time to develop." -- AFC area scout
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.