Report: Cal QB Davis Webb Has Visit Scheduled With Steelers

I was wrong when I said earlier there’d be no more Pittsburgh Steelers’ news today. Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst reports Cal QB Davis Webb has a visit scheduled with the Steelers and met with the team prior to the Golden Bears’ Pro Day.

From Pauline:

“Webb met with the New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers over the past two days.

His official visit list includes the New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Pauline says Webb’s Pro Day was “up and down” but noted weather conditions, there was a steady rain, made things more difficult than a usual Pro Day.

The Steelers have shown a level of interest in several of the draft’s top QBs but Webb is the first known to make an official visit with the team at a later, currently unknown date. Kevin Colbert has called this QB class strong at the top but lacking depth. This level of interest means it’s impossible to discount the team selecting a QB high in the draft as an eventual replacement for Ben Roethlisberger.

Check out our scouting report on Webb below. He threw for 83 touchdowns in his college career.

2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: California QB Davis Webb

 

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  • Spencer Krick

    The Steelers really are going to draft a QB this year, aren’t they?

    man. . .

  • SFIC

    In the weakest QB class in years, Webb is the only one I don’t mind.

  • Jeff White

    I just threw up a bit in my mouth. Hopefully this is fake news.

  • T3xassteelers

    “He threw for 83 touchdowns in his time with Cal”… NOPE! He spent 1 season there.. 83 touchdowns in one season is pretty damn impressive!

  • VinHuddle

    Man I hope not..don’t waste a mid-late rd pick on one that won’t be any better than Landry Jones.

  • RickM

    Most experts think the QB’s are weak at the top. Not sure why Colbert sees it as strong. As for Webb, I’d prefer to wait until 2018 and go after a better one.

  • Shane Mitchell

    They would have to spend a 2nd round pick on him and he is a project QB that played in an offense where reading defenses is not important.

  • Steelers12

    Oh god no

  • Steelers12

    I hope not

  • Shane Mitchell

    Slightly off topic but I went and read the report at draft analyst Alex linked and saw that another player that was on my radar as a late round sleeper pick at OLB from Eastern Michigan worked out at the Michigan pro day and looked very good in the position drills and ran faster than I expected. Patrick O’Connor, I love his tape, really good pass rusher and makes a ton of big plays. Some people think he was the best defensive player in the MAC ahead of Tarell Basham, myself included.

  • Ralph Wagner

    Mr Rooney said that maybe the Steelers should begin looking at quarterbacks. That is exactly what is happening. It doesn’t cost anything to look.

    Go Steelers

  • Spencer Krick

    Why Webb?

  • Spencer Krick

    I bet you he could throw a football over them mountains!

  • RickM

    Possibly yes. Stealing from Michael Reynolds’ thought process it actually wouldn’t bother me if they selected 2 QB’s over the next 3 years. Neither Mettenberger or Jones are the future. The position is that vital and finding a good one is tough. More swings would help. I don’t like Webb though.

  • budabar

    In that interview last week Ben sounded like a retiring QB so an early pick may be nesasary. He was out of shape over weight and tearing up while talking about family and football, if you look into his eyes you’ll see the look of a teammate who is sitting on a locker room bench having just played his last game. We may be using a real high pick for a QB.

  • T3xassteelers

    Thing about Webb is he is going to be overdrafted a crap ton. Apparently, 10 NFL teams told him he’s a first rounder…. I just don’t see the Steelers spending a second on him. I remember him at Tech and nobody wanted him to be the QB lol, the dude isn’t accurate at all! Sure he has a huge arm and looks the part, but the guy is a giant douche (one of the most entitled/arrogant people I’ve ever been around) and he just plain and simple isn’t all that great

  • T3xassteelers

    Mahomes or bust for me. If we don’t draft Mahomes in the first, I don’t want a QB at all.

  • T3xassteelers

    I’m interested to see how many more QBs they visit with/dine with. Heck, if they come to TTU’s pro day on March 31st (only prospect worth drafting period), I’d say they at least have decent interest in drafting a guy early.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Wanna place a friendly wager on that?

  • RickM

    My absolute fear is because they really got it easy in ’04. Everyone knew there were three QB’s in that draft who looked like can’t miss prospects. One of the guys dropped and we snagged him at 11. It was kind of a no-brainer evaluation. This go-round is going to be much harder.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Really? Mahomes? You HOMER, lol. 😉

  • Darth Blount 47

    No. No they aren’t.

  • Darth Blount 47

    This is called doing your due diligence. Please remember fellow members of Steeler Nation, you HAVE to have an idea about the QB’s in a class so that you are rightly prepared for when the phone rings from your peer GM’s, who actually NEED QB’s, and it is time to try to fleece them. I can almost certainly guarantee that we will NOT be drafting a QB in say, the first 4 rounds. Again, after that, rounds 5-7, are nothing but dart throws anyways. And given our propensity to occasionally get a dart throw really, really, right in the 6th round… I won’t say never about taking a shot on a QB who has fallen, since we have the vaunted Mettenberger as our 3rd, currently. As a gambler, I’m willing to make friendly wagers with people, assuming Roethlisberger is still on the roster at draft time, that we will NOT be taking a QB high. It makes no sense given our needs, this class, and other circumstances. No way… no how.

  • capehouse

    Most football players are douches

  • Michael Pearce

    The Steelers must know something we dont. Hopefully not in the first 3 rounds or it could signal Ben’s immediate future.

  • James Churchwell

    LOl.. Jeff White you get an A+ for that one 🙂

  • T3xassteelers

    Haha, self-admitted homer 😀 He’s my guy! Getting his jersey no matter what as soon as I can.. Hope it’s a team I can stand though like the Saints, Cards, or Texans! Will be sad if I have to buy a Browns jersey 🙁

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah, but I’ve been around quite a few and he takes the cake for me lol

  • Darth Blount 47

    Or… gulp…

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Darth. I’m afraid you’re in denial, my friend.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’m always up for a friendly wager my friend… Since you are the one on this blog that sounds so sure.

  • James Churchwell

    Did the teams he scored against have a defense? or was he just throwing it to his team mates after practice? No,Really is that even possible?

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah and we don’t have the luxury of picking in the top part of the draft, which is why I say to pick Mahomes as he has a TON of potential (moreso than a TON of prospects recently..) and needs grooming.. Perfect scenario! Lots of people are wanting a QB next year but we’ll be picking about where we are now and what QB will we be getting that won’t be a top 10 pick? It’ll be a guy with flaws more than likely. So why not do that now and grab a guy with a crapton of potential and have the QB have another year of development in relation to next year.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I’ll take a look!

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Okay, here’s my bet…

    The Steelers will draft a QB this year within the first 4 rounds.

    The loser pays $100 to the “Alex Kozora 2017 training camp fund” and posts a lengthy apology to the winner for not recognizing his expertise?

  • RickM

    You are always betting lol. I hope a casino isn’t too close.

  • Delboka

    This guy is a wimp like Geoff. I am nervous though about Ben getting hit though. Dude moves as slow as robocop these days.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Thank you T3 –

    I’ve been trying to tell people that for months. We’re most likely picking at the bottom of the 1st round next year. All 3 of those QB’s will be gone in the top 5 picks.

    If we want one of those elite QB’s next year it’s gonna cost us three first rounders. If we take Mahomes this year it only costs us one (plus maybe a trade up chip to jump Houston).

  • Darth Blount 47

    I like your style! And the bet is reasonable, to be sure. But please allow us both the caveat of time. Meaning, the parameters of the bet, being fair, will be held off and not renegotiated. And we will revisit the bet to put it in concrete, a few days right before the draft. A lot can happen in that time, and since the draft is a month away, I think it fair for both that we allow the next month to play. I mean, if Ben announces his retirement, this sort of bet will be awful erroneous. Sound good? Stay close to the Depot as I know you will, so that a day or two before, we can consecrate.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I can’t say I ever cared about a college qb that played in the state of California.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Fair enough. All in good fun. And Alex wins either way.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Well, the McLumina wins either way. 😉

  • newguy68

    Smoke screen …. i hope and pray.

  • gdeuce

    Elway?

  • Applebite

    Stanford is like an isolated state college within California…lol

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah I don’t get the people that say draft Darnold. That guy is going top 3 and probably #1. I get next years class is deep.. But we won’t even sniff those guys unless we make a huge draft day trade which is not in our DNA and it’d cost a fortune to do so (as you said). This is the year to pick a QB if one presents itself to us. If Mahomes is available at 30, they HAVE to look hard and long at him. It’s a tough spot… I get they want to win now but if picking a QB now helps the future, then I think thats the right move. The team right now is already a SB contender with or without a rookie. I agree that we probably would need to move ahead of Houston at least though.

  • T3xassteelers

    Haha, I was pointing out a mistake 😛 Webb played a few years at Texas Tech before this 1 year at Cal. Should have said something like in his career at tech and cal he threw for a total of 83 touchdowns as he only spent 1 season at cal

  • T3xassteelers

    Oh man… If he wound up here.. You have no idea how much I’d be bouncing off the walls from excitement!! My absolute dream pick… Don’t expect it but will be interesting if they show him more interest than what they did at the combine!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I’m not saying there wasn’t any good ones, just they act so entitled. Just my thing.

  • RickM

    No problem from me. But I don’t see Colbert as anywhere near bold enough.

  • David Dulaney

    Rodgers?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Great qb, smug attitude… *shrugs*

  • Darth Blount 47

    I was thinking Baltimore or Cincy… But I LOVE your general optimism! (Though to be clear, I also don’t want to lose my bet to SSS. Lol.)

  • T3xassteelers

    Haha… I originally had typed (but erased) thankfully Ravens and Bungles don’t need a QB and the only way i wouldn’t buy is if the Bungles got him 😛 But I erased and went for us taking him!!

    Hahah whats the bet??

  • T3xassteelers

    I agree, Colbert is a futuristic type a guy and won’t damage the future for 1 pick (like what the Falcons did for Julio)

  • T3xassteelers

    Ahhh I read up and saw 🙂

  • RickM

    I’m even talking about taking Mahomes at 30. He’ll be conservative and assume Roethlisberger will play out his contract and won’t be bold enough to go ‘big’ now with a first rounder.

    I was re-reading the 2004 stories about the whiz kid from Miami of Ohio with the 70% completion rate, the 11 games with 41 points or more, the pump fake, the looking off guys, the big arm, the size, etc. Geez, my mom would have known enough to pick him. Colbert has a much bigger challenge now.

  • T3xassteelers

    I hope Ben told him something we don’t know yet about how long he has. I just feel we’ll be stuck in a Heath Miller position but QB is obviously much more important and harder to learn in the league so we’ll be screwed

  • Dan

    I’m absolutely cool with looking at these QBs. But, please, do not take this one. Look at the difficulty Goff had last year transitioning to the NFL. Yeah, it was on the Rams, but the point remains. Webb is a bigger, lesser Goff. No thanks. Honestly, I’m not sold on any of these guys. I’m intrigued by Mahomes, but the guy has a long way to go, mechanically speaking.

  • RickM

    Having read the Gale Sayers and Dwight Clark stories this past week, I imagine he’ll play it year by year rather than commit to anything. I can’t say as I blame him. It’s a little easier in other sports with less contact. There just aren’t the same considerations as football.

  • T3xassteelers

    We need to play it smart then, either way, we could use an upgrade at backup QB for immediate use and groom to be a starter in a few years

  • taztroy43

    For me its mahomes or kizer if they fall in the 1st as a qb option…that or they trade out to the high 2nd n another teams 1st/2nd next year. Personally i like Mahommes due to the IT factor but keizer is not a bad option either… i saw him make some incredible deep throws with pressure in his face and make some dumb decisions with no pressure. Who are we kidding here….at pick 30 we’re drafting a developmental guy at qb or even a bust… as I read here if ben returns we are going to have a late pick in next years draft and most likely a worse qb option at 30!!! The reason i believe these qbs are going to slide is due to talent everywhere else…so it wouldn’t be the worst idea to go qb in the 1st if ben truly plans to retire in the next 2 yrs….sorry in advanced for the long paragraph.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    If not taking BBs successor, then why bother?

  • gdeuce

    fair enough

  • Gautama Om

    Dude you’re not putting your neck out there like you think you are with that prediction. It’s very easy for your prediction to happen, after all we even drafted Landry Jones when Ben was 32 years old and now that Ben is 35 is it that much more of a stretch OR rather much easier to predict a QB in the first FOUR rounds.

    LOL Why don’t you make the bet more competitive by changing the terms of a QB being selected in the first THREE rounds (not 4). After all the odds are still slightly in your favor given that we have an extra 3rd rounder this year.

    For God’s sake stop pretending like you’re a seer or something.

  • Matt Manzo

    Due diligence.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I have a good idea. Why don’t you mind your own business?

    Darth and I are blog friends. HE is the one who suggested the Steelers wouldn’t take a QB in the first 4 rounds. And HE offered a friendly wager. So I took him up on it for FUN. If he wants to change it to the first 3 rounds, that’s fine, HE will let me know.

    You on the other hand, I’ve never even heard of before, and for some reason you’re chiming in with the snide “seer” comments? It appears you’re taking this thread way too seriously. Perhaps you should go meditate to calm down? OMMMMMMMMM.

  • Conserv_58

    Due diligence is precisely what the Steelers are and must do.

    What some fans are not taking into consideration or appreciating is, the Steelers have a future HOF QB as their measuring stick to aid in their evluation process. That is an asset only a handful of teams have.

  • Zach Holzworth

    I’ve been saying it for the last month. The steelers won’t move up but if trubisky Watson or mahomes falls to thirty look out. I know all the fans have this win now mentality but the steelers want to be prepared for the future because they don’t want to be in qb limbo like they were between Bradshaw and Ben. While it pains me to say this I think it’s a good move to be on the look out in case one falls. It would be really nice to have a stud qb sit behind Ben and wait like Rodgers did in Green Bay.

  • Conserv_58

    IMO, the loss to the patriots, again in the AFCCG took a lot out of Ben, psychologically. Being the uber competitor that he is I’m convinced that it was exasperating and deflating to watch his team get so thoroughly carved up by Brady and they couldn’t do anything to stop him. I’m sure that with time away from football and the media hounds he’ll recharge his batteries and get back at it when the time calls for him to do so. There is also the fact that he knows very well that if he was to retire after 2017 he would lose 17 million in 2018 and 2019 along with having to give back 18 million of his signing bonus. That’s $52 million dollars he’d be giving up.

  • Conserv_58

    I disagree with your comment that all Steelers fans have a “win now” mentality. On the contrary, the vast majority of comments are centered around the Steelers future at the QB position, post Ben. In addition, fans have every right to be concerned since, Ben has yet to fully committ to playing this coming season along with the fact that this draft class is devoid of elite QB talent. Furthermore, this notion that the Steelers need to draft one of these underwhelming QB’s at #30 is seriously flawed. Despite the media hacks and so called experts saying that there are 3-4 first round QB’s in this draft that’s snake oil salesman speak. The fact is none of these QB’s are worthy of wasting a first round pick on and the salary that comes with being a first round pick.

  • Conserv_58

    What makes you think that this draft class has Ben’s successor?

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    It doesn’t – and I would hate to see a pick as a result!!

  • george

    Well if he can’t throw the ball in bad weather…..
    ..

  • steeltown

    I’m fine with drafting another QB, its becoming a priority and you never know how a player will eventually turn out. The dumb Patriots draft a QB every couple years. Ben’s talking and it’s time to start considering the possibilities..

  • Jeff Burton

    Davis Webb would be a great 2nd Rd selection. There should still be at least one high profile edge rusher left on the board by the 30th pick. That would leave the 3rd Rd to add a WR and RB. I hope the Steelers load up on offense the way the did on defense last year.

  • Alex Kozora

    Lol, all for the bet, less so on where the money should go. Send it to a charity instead!

  • Rocksolid20

    In this weak QB class , just go with an UDFA , might get lucky , unless one of the top 4 fall all the way to 30 .

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah that’s how I kinda feel as well

  • Charles Haines

    Because a rookie QB from a high school offense is not going to help you win a championship right now.

  • T3xassteelers

    Lol.. I think you forget we have Ben at QB. He doesn’t need to start right away. He’d learn the nuances and everything about a pro offense in the 2 years he’d be backup and be ready to go when Ben goes. He’d help you win plenty of championships once Ben goes. I know personally I don’t want to go through what was after Bradshaw to before Ben, QB wise. It’d be nice to have a smooth transition to a bright future.

  • gentry_gee

    Prediction: 2017 will be Ben’s last season.

  • Burgh Ball

    If they are looking at QB’s – shouldn’t they be looking at OC too? I believe Pouncey said when Ben’s thru – I’m thru… IF the right guy is on the board in the right spot, I can see us drafting a QB… With him coming out and stating that he wasn’t sure if he was playing in 2017… Let alone 2 – 3 more years.. – I’m not surprised they are entertaining Webb

  • James Churchwell

    Thanks for cleaning that up 🙂 lol