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The curious case of Davis Webb’s 1st round status

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The curious case of Davis Webb’s 1st round status

All throughout the winter and spring, allusions have been made to Davis Webb as the dark horse first round NFL Draft prospect for 2017. Names like Trubisky, Watson and Mahomes have dominated the headlines but the idea of Webb going in the first round just refuses to die. Every year there’s a big armed passer that gets puffed up for some time; whether that was Tom Savage or Chris Bonner. But the fascinating part of the Webb situation is it keeps resurfacing.

So much so, in fact, that Senior Bowl Director Phil Savage backed the claim today on social media:

https://twitter.com/SeniorBowlPhil/status/850080832727527425

Coaches think they can “fix” anyone, so a player with the room presence, personality and arm ability of Webb is going to naturally appeal to a lot of folks. He has good stretches of film, as well.

Yet Webb’s film is littered with errant throws, poor decision making under pressure and an undying belief in his arm to fit throws into any sized throwing window. His gunslinger mentality is too erratic to feel comfortable putting him on the field. But this, of course, is where NFL coaches come into play. There’s an aura of confidence that they can put the reigns on a passer that simply sees every throw as a completion waiting to happen.

Webb at his best can be a NFL starter. But the frequency of Webb at his best leads many to believe he’s too big of a project to take on. But it won’t stop NFL coaches from assuming that they can. And therefore it’s not going to stop me from now buying into the Davis Webb first round talk.

Would I invest there? Not in the least bit. It’s about 3 rounds too rich for my taste. But that much smoke usually indicates there’s some fire there as well.

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Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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  1. Kevin Heathers

    April 6, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    He definitely owes Josh Reynolds a beer!

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