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Cal redshirt freshman QB Max Gilliam will transfer.

Gilliam was stuck on the depth chart behind Chase Forest and Ross Bowers at the end of spring practice. He attempted just four passes during the team's spring game. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder ranked as Rivals' No. 170 prospect for the 2017 cycle. He will have to sit out the 2017 season if he transfers to another FBS outfit.
May 28 - 12:16 PM

Former South Carolina sophomore QB Brandon McIlwain transferred to Cal.

The 6-foot, 190-pound McIlwain threw for 600 yards and a 2/1 TD/INT ratio and ran for another 127 yards last year as a true freshman. When fellow frosh Jake Bentley hopped him on the depth chart, McIlwain's fate was sealed. McIlwain, Scout's No. 12 QB in the 2016 class, plans to play both football and baseball for the Golden Bears. He must sit out next season but should contend for the starting QB job for new coach Justin Wilcox once he's eligible in 2018. McIlwain, a dual-threat, is a better fit for the system Wilcox and OC Beau Baldwin are installing than the Air Raid ("Bear Raid") employed by former HC Sonny Dykes. In short, Baldwin tailors his spread system to the personnel on hand and the matchups they can exploit against the given opponent. The Bear Raid stressed defenses by putting defenders on islands in space, but its rigidity caused it to get stalled by superior talent when the defense was able to lock down skill players one-on-one.
May 21 - 2:14 PM

Cal redshirt junior QB Chase Forrest and redshirt sophomore QB Ross Bowers remain locked in competition to start.

The San Francisco Gate's Rusty Simmons writes that during the Golden Bear spring game, "Forrest and Bowers both looked comfortable leading the Bears’ new offense while splitting about 80 snaps with the first and second teams." HC Justin Wilcox offered a few lines of generic coach speak regarding the competition after the game, saying, "Both do certain things well and are competing hard. The more they play, the better they’re going to get. It was nice to the finish of spring ball for both of those guys." Forrest was actually considered the likely candidate to win the starting job last offseason, but lost out on that opportunity when Davis Webb transferred over from Texas Tech. As for the current battle, don't expect a starter to be named until the summer.
May 7 - 1:44 PM

Cal senior RB Vic Enwere (foot) has been healthy this spring.

Enwere was sidelined by a broken foot suffered last October against Oregon State, but after missing the remainder of the campaign, the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder has come along splendidly in his offseason recovery. He figures to serve as backup to Tre Watson once the 2017 season kicks off.
May 2 - 8:36 PM

Titans selected California RB Khalfani Muhammad with the No. 241 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Muhammad (5'7/170) is a scatback through and through who doubled as a track star at Cal-Berkley, and ran 4.38 at the his Pro Day. He topped out at 13.8 carries per game as a senior, averaging 5.4 yards per tote with 17 interceptions. The Titans will likely give Muhammad a look on special teams due to his speed, although he averaged an underwhelming 22.2 yards per kickoff return in his college career and did not return punts.
Apr 29 - 6:24 PM

Jets selected California WR Chad Hansen with the No. 141 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Hansen (6’2/202) spent two years at Cal after transferring from Idaho State, breaking out for a 92/1,249/11 (13.5 YPR) receiving line as a redshirt junior, then turning pro. Per PFF College, Hansen secured 17-of-17 catchable deep targets as Davis Webb’s go-to guy in 2016. While Hansen’s final-year production was prolific, he played a whopping 98% of his snaps at right-side receiver, a college tendency that also stunted Bears WR Kevin White’s growth. Hansen showed average athleticism in Indy, posting a 53rd-percentile SPARQ score with 4.53 speed and a 35-inch vertical. A similar talent to Patriots WR Chris Hogan, Hansen plays with physicality and catches everything. His best NFL fit may ultimately be at slot receiver.
Apr 29 - 1:57 PM

Giants selected Cal QB Davis Webb with the No. 87 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Beginning to plan for a post-Eli Manning future, the Giants are taking a flier on a player some people considered a first-round dark horse. Webb (6’5/229) transferred to Cal after he was beaten out by Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech, playing one year and going 5-7 with a 61.6% completion rate, 6.9 YPA, and 37:12 TD-to-INT ratio. Webb is an above-average athlete with 79th-percentile SPARQ results, although he presented little to no scrambling threat in college. Compared to Nick Foles by Rookie Scouting Portfolio’s Matt Waldman, Webb struggled with ball location and showed erratic pocket presence on tape. Webb "looks the part" but probably starter-caliber passing skills and does not extend plays.
Apr 28 - 10:45 PM

According to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, the Los Angeles Chargers and New York Jets are each trying to trade up to take Cal QB Davis Webb.

This report lines up closely with ESPN's Adam Schefter dispatch from earlier in the day that the Chargers and Jets -- in addition to the Bucs -- have talked to the Packers about moving up to acquire the No. 33 overall pick. Pauline additionally reports that the four teams picking behind Green Bay -- the Seahawks, Jags, Bears and Rams -- are also open to moving down the board.
Apr 28 - 7:03 PM

An NFL scout says Cal QB Davis Webb "has Dak-like intangibles."

Webb's stock is surging at the right time. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport "wouldn't be surprised to see a team trade back into round 1" for Webb, a sentiment we've read on multiple occasions over the past 10 days. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reported Tuesday that if the Browns don't take UNC's Mitchell Trubisky in Round 1, Webb is "likely to be the target" with the No. 33 selection.
Apr 26 - 7:11 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that if the Browns don't take UNC's Mitchell Trubisky in Round 1, Cal QB Davis Webb is "likely to be the target" with the No. 33 selection.

Pauline has been on the Davis Webb beat in recent days, reporting on Tuesday that the Jets, Saints, Chargers and Cardinals have shown the "greatest interest" in Webb. Cleveland has reportedly been working the phones hard over the past few days to move up from No. 12 to take Trubisky. If that plans falls through, Webb may just be Option B.
Apr 26 - 2:15 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that the teams showing the "greatest interest" in Cal QB Davis Webb are the Jets, Saints, Chargers and Cardinals.

Pauline believes that Webb will be drafted by the middle of Round 2, which sounds about right to us, though it is not out of the realm of possibility that he could even see a selection near the end of Round 1. Round 2 is the safe bet, here. Webb met with the Jets (as well as the Chargers) last week. The Seahawks also hosted him for a visit earlier this month, but they have needs above and beyond a developmental quarterback prospect.
Apr 25 - 7:11 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Cal QB Davis Webb's evaluation is tricky because "watching (Cal’s Jared) Goff last year ... puts the fear of God in you."

"But he has the potential to be a starter," the scout said of Webb. "Looks like an NFL quarterback." Webb edged Baker Mayfield for the starting QB job at Texas Tech in 2014, but then lost his job to Pat Mahomes a year later. "He’s got a lot of things you want," another scout said. "He’s big, he can throw it, he moves around good enough, he’s competitive. But nobody really has been successful playing in that offense." A third scout concluded: "He melted as the season went on. Better athlete than people realize. Plays in a junk offense. He could get in the top 50."
Apr 25 - 12:58 PM

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


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