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New York Giants Select Davis Webb In Third Round Of NFL Draft

Posted May 1, 2017 by in

PHILADELPHIA – Davis Webb made Cal the second college football program to ever have quarterbacks selected in the first three rounds in back-to-back years of the NFL Draft when he taken by the New York Giants with the 87th overall selection in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Cal also becomes the first school to have quarterbacks taken in back-to-back drafts since USC’s John David Booty and Mark Sanchez in 2008 and 2009. Webb was the first Cal player selected in the 2017 NFL Draft and the 233rd in the history of the draft with 15 of those quarterbacks.

“I am very thankful to coach [Ben] McAdoo and his entire staff for believing in me and picking me tonight,” Webb said.

“It’s a huge credit to Coach Dykes, Coach Spavital, some of the great teammates of mine at Cal and the great University itself,” Webb added. “They gave me an opportunity, and I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for Cal. I’m very thankful, and that’s why it’s a place I’m going to call my home.”

Webb, who played one season at Cal in 2016 as a graduate transfer from Texas Tech, was honored as a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award while being named Athlon Sports’ Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year and picking up an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection. He also made the cut to the final 15 for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award® and was on watch lists for the Maxwell Award and Manning Award. Webb started all 12 games in his lone season at Cal and completed 382-of-620 passes (61.6%) for 4,295 yards with 37 passing touchdowns and 12 interceptions for a 135.63 passing efficiency rating. He ranked among the nation’s leaders in nearly every passing category including passing yards per game (2nd, 357.9 ypg), passing attempts (2nd), completions per game (3rd, 31.83 cpg), points responsible for per game (3rd, 21.7 ppg), completions (4th), total offense (4th, 348.8 ypg), passing yards (6th), total plays (6th, 653), passing touchdowns (T8th) and points responsible for (260, 8th). He was also the Pac-12’s leader in passing yards per game and total offense, while he set Cal single-season records for passing attempts, completions and total plays. He also equaled single-season Cal marks for most 300-yard passing games (10) and touchdowns responsible for (43) with his 37 in the air plus another six on the ground that also tied for the most ever by a Cal quarterback. Webb combined to complete 841-of-1367 (61.5%) passes for 9,852 yards with 83 touchdown passes and 34 interceptions over 35 games and 26 starts in his college career including his three seasons at Texas Tech (2013-15).

Webb is one of three former Cal players along with wide receiver Chad Hansen and long snapper Bradley Northnagel that were among the nation’s top draft prospects to attend the 2017 NFL Combine in late February and early March. All three also attended Cal’s Pro Day last month along with other draft-eligible former players who completed their collegiate eligibility at Cal in 2016 including safety Damariay Drew, offensive lineman Steven Moore, running back/returner Khalfani Muhammad, defensive end DeVante Wilson and wide receiver Patrick Worstell.

The 2017 NFL Draft will continue through Saturday along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Following the conclusion of the second and third rounds Friday, rounds four through seven get underway Saturday at Noon ET/9 am PT.

The NFL Network, ESPN and ESPN Deportes are among the many media outlets covering the NFL Draft and are televising the event live, while online streaming is available via Now and WatchESPN. Fans can also listen to the draft live on SiriusXM, Westwood One, TuneIn, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio.

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Cal Football NFL Draft Notes
Cal has had 233 NFL Draft selections overall since the draft began in 1936 following Friday’s selection of Davis Webb by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft with the No. 87 pick overall.
Friday’s third-round selection of Webb and the 2016 No. 1 pick Jared Goff by the Los Angeles Rams make Cal the second college football program to ever have quarterbacks chosen in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft in back-to-back years with the only other Maryland (1990 – Neil O’Donnell, Pittsburgh Steelers, third round, No. 70 overall; 1991 – Scott Zolak, New England Patriots, No. 84 New England).
Cal has had at least one player selected in the NFL Draft for 30 of the last 31 years with at least one in the top three rounds for 10 of the last 11. Cal had strings of at least one player selected in the NFL Draft for 28 consecutive years (1987-2014), one in the top three rounds for eight (2007-14) and two in the first four rounds for five (2010-14) before those streaks were all snapped when no Cal player was chosen in 2015.
The most Cal players selected in a single NFL Draft were the 10 chosen in 1952, while Cal’s six players picked in the 1977, 2008 and 2012 drafts tie for the second-most in school history.
The four Cal players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft – Goff, wide receiver Trevor Davis (Green Bay Packers, fifth round, No. 163 overall), running back Daniel Lasco (New Orleans Saints, seventh round, No. 237 overall) and wide receiver Kenny Lawler (Seattle Seahawks, seventh round, No. 243 overall) – were the most since four Golden Bears were also chosen in 2013.

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