Cal QB Davis Webb Has Been Told He Will Be Taken in 1st Round of NFL Draft

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2017

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 05:  Davis Webb #7 of the California Golden Bears in action against the Washington Huskies at California Memorial Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Former California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb believes he could be selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft based on feedback he's received during the predraft process. 

"I've talked to a lot of NFL people," Webb said after Cal's pro day on Friday, according to ESPN.com's David Lombardi"And double-digit teams have told me I'm a first-round guy.

"Every meeting [with an NFL team] I've had, they've said I'm one of the best quarterbacks on the board."

In his latest two-round mock draft, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projected Webb to the Washington Redskins at No. 49 overall. That represented a 13-spot jump for the 22-year-old, who was slotted in at No. 62 overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Miller's post-combine mock draft. 

As things stand, Miller has Webb as the sixth quarterback off the board behind North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky, Clemson's Deshaun Watson, Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes, Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer and Pittsburgh's Nate Peterman. 

During his senior season at Cal, Webb completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 4,295 yards, 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. However, questions cropped up regarding his viability as a signal-caller at the next level because he played in a pair of Air Raid systems at Texas Tech and Cal. 

As Bleacher Report's Doug Farrar noted, "The next step is convincing NFL teams that he was more than a product of two Air Raid systems. To that end, he employed the services of Jim Zorn, the former pro quarterback and coach, with the plan of filling out Webb's palette with pro-ready concepts."

Despite those concerns, Webb appears to be winning teams over with his arm strength and classroom acumen. 

"Every time I'm in a private interview with teams, I have an opportunity to get on the board, and every team's been impressed with my football IQ," he told Farrar. 

With his stock now surging, Webb will have to try to convince prospective employers he's worthy of a first-round pick that could thrust him into the spotlight much sooner than was originally anticipated. 


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