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The Patriots hosted Cal WR Chad Hansen for a pre-Draft visit earlier this week.

Hansen busted out to post an enormous 92-1,249-11 receiving line last year despite playing in only 10 games. Dogged by questions about his speed and athleticism, Hansen answered both at the Combine with a 40-yard dash of 4.53s and a fantastic 6.74s three-cone at 6-foot-2, 202 pounds. Hansen is a favorite of Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom, who expects him to develop into a No. 2 NFL receiver in short order.
Apr 20 - 1:17 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports that Cal QB Davis Webb is meeting with the New York Jets on Monday and will do likewise with the Kansas City Chiefs later in the week.

The Jets had already previously run Webb through a private workout. We have heard both New York and Kansas City linked to various quarterback prospects throughout the process. While the Chiefs could use their No. 27 pick to select Webb in the first round, the Jets are probably looking at him as a potential option when they pick early in the second round, at No. 39.
Apr 17 - 1:20 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein notes that Cal LS Bradley Northnagel did not have a bad snap over the last two seasons.

Longsnappers need love, too. After working at times as a fullback early in his collegiate career, he acted as starting longsnapper for all 15 of Cal's games over the past two campaigns. The 6-foot-2, 243-pounder could see interest late on Day 3 of the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 15 - 1:54 PM

Cal OC Beau Baldwin said that senior RB Tre Watson "truly has so much versatility in terms of being an every-down back that you can call a lot of different plays with him."

"You can put him out at receiver, and he looks really natural doing that. Then, you can run stuff inside the tackles, and he handles that well. He can get to the edges well, and from a pass-protection standpoint, he’s competitive," Baldwin said. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Watson has bumped his statistical output in each of his three seasons at Cal, topping out with 709 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 143 carries during the past campaign. He also logged 21 catches for 241 yards and four additional scores. The Golden Bears are in something of an overhaul mode as they work to build the program under new HC Justin Wilcox. Watson figures to be one of their more reliable offensive options during the coming season.
Apr 14 - 8:09 PM

The Seahawks are hosting Cal QB Davis Webb on a visit Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport.

Let's talk through this one. Seahawks GM John Schneider took in Pat Mahomes' pro day, possibly to see other TTU prospects. Or we could conclude Schneider is trying to get a closer look on the quarterbacks possibly linked with the Cardinals. Webb is generating first and second round buzz. Somehow.
Apr 12 - 10:46 AM

One NFL personnel executive believes that Clemson QB Deshaun Watson and Cal QB Davis Webb will be the only quarterbacks selected on Day 1 of the draft.

Well that would be a weird combo. Color us surprised if UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky is still available at the end of the first round. "I am sticking to my Webb guns," the executive insisted. "He's the second-best QB in this class. I have read the Trubisky and Mahomes buzz. Not sure if I believe it." This came about from an informal poll of five insiders by NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah to gauge just how many quarterbacks might be taken in Round 1. The most optimistic executive forwarded the possibility of four gunslingers going off the board by the end of April 27. Three is probably the safest bet.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 9 - 12:51 PM

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage reports that "[t]he [Cal QB] Davis Webb talk is legit as far as [the] first round."

Savage relays that he has "had several NFL people tell [him] that [Webb] is the guy they would want to coach." We have heard a consistent bubbling of rumor around the possibility of Webb landing in the first round as the pre-draft process hits its stretch run. At the end of March, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports likewise heard that steam was picking up toward a Day 1 selection. Webb, himself, has said that teams in the double-digits have told him he is a first-round talent. If he isn't swept off the board by the end of Round 1, he will almost certainly find an NFL home early in Round 2.
Apr 7 - 3:36 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco passes along word from the NFL meetings that the first round buzz around Cal QB Davis Webb is picking up.

We've seen the link for a few weeks now, but the momentum does not seem to be slowing down. The initial question was if the league love was coming from one team or multiple, and it seems like the latter is true. Or, perhaps, this is just another example of a "late riser" receiving undeserved hype. Webb transferred to Cal after losing the starting job at Texas Tech. He attended the Senior Bowl and looked closer to average than a first rounder.
Mar 30 - 9:18 AM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo says "the possibility of the Giants taking a QB high next month is stronger than many believe."

"I think we have to start thinking about it," co-owner John Mara said. "I think you always have to look at drafting a quarterback where you can." Compare this to what the Bengals' decision makers said earlier this offseason, that every position was on the table to draft except for quarterback, and the differences are meaningful. The Giants, Saints, Chargers, Cardinals and Chiefs could alter the quarterback market this year.
Mar 29 - 9:11 AM

An AFC scout predicts WR Chad Hansen will "turn into a hot name during the draft."

"He's kind of unassuming when you see him in person, but he's a really competitive guy who plays bigger and faster than he might test," the scout said. "Coaches are going to love him." Hansen broke out in a big way with a 92-1,249-11 receiving line last year. He then answered questions about his speed at the Combine with a 40-yard dash of 4.53 seconds at 6-foot-2, 202 pound. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Hansen to Allen Hurns. "Hansen has good combination of size and speed for the perimeter with an ability to climb over the top of cornerbacks and win the deep ball," Zierlein wrote. "He has average separation quickness when asked to work the first two levels, but he has the hands and strength to handle contested catch situations." The analyst predicts Hansen will go on Day 2 and have a chance to turn into an NFL No. 2 WR. Agreed and agreed.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 27 - 3:28 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that due to weather conditions on Cal's pro day, it was difficult to gauge the performance of QB Davis Webb.

Friday's pro day at Cal sounds like an out-and-out nightmare due to rain. Did that stop Webb from being put through a ridiculous set of drills? Absolutely not. Take it away, Mr. Pauline: "Webb missed on a number of throws but as one person told me they asked him to throw NFL passes in conditions that were impossible. Another source on hand said if these were game time conditions no one would be asked to make those throws." Webb's predecessor at Cal, Jared Goff, was asked to dunk balls in water to test his ability to throw with a wet ball on pro day a year ago. Mother Nature looks like it took care of that for Webb. The quarterback has reportedly been told by at least 10 teams that they view him as a first-team talent.
Mar 25 - 2:37 PM

Cal WR Chad Hansen improved on his Combine 40-yard dash of 4.53 seconds with a 4.42-second 40 during Friday's pro day.

Insert caveat about pro day times often being faster than Combine times. However, in this case, homefield advantage would appear to be negated due to inclement weather. Draft Analyst Tony Pauline writes that "it rained harder as the workout progressed." He hears that the conditions were "miserable." We think that the likely Day 2 pick proved enough regarding his top-end speed at the Combine even before he posted this faster, water-logged pro day mark.
Mar 24 - 8:57 PM

Cal QB Davis Webb told CBS Sports' Sean Wagner-McGough that "numerous" teams have been telling him that he is a first-round talent.

Wagner-McGough clarifies that "numerous" label by writing that we are talking a double-digit number of teams. It is important to note that simply being told that he is a first-round talent does not guarantee a first-round pick. However, at the very least, the 6-foot-5, 209-pounder should probably be considered a Day 1 sleeper at this juncture. An AFC area scout told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that he believes that Webb possesses the football intelligence to undo some bad habits should he land with the right team.
Mar 24 - 6:33 PM

An AFC area scout said that Cal QB Davis Webb "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," the scout said. If that comparison does not get you jazzed for the Cal gunslinger, then you might want to look away from the one that NFL Media's Lance Zierlein tagged him with. Zierlein comps him to one Mr. Brock Osweiler. While Webb could climb as high as the second round come the draft, Zierlein has serious doubts about his NFL outlook, writing that "his decision-making and accuracy issues beyond 10 yards is a big red flag that might be tough to overcome in the NFL."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 1:40 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Cal WR Chad Hansen to Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas.

"Similar to Thomas, Hansen’s main strength is his physicality and ability to high point the football and fight for it in the air," notes the PFF analysis team. "However, also similarly, both receivers have a tendency to be disrupted and rerouted by physical cornerbacks in press coverage." Near the end of February, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline argued that Hansen's receiving chops are as good as those of any receiver in the draft. There were questions about his high-end speed prior to the Combine, but Hansen quieted those -- if not put them to bed completely -- when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds, a plenty respectable mark for the 6-foot-2, 202-pound wideout. He figures to be swept off the board by the end of Day 2.
Mar 17 - 8:41 PM


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