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Exec: Davis Webb will be best QB of 2017 NFL Draft class


One beauty of the NFL draft is that with 32 clubs and a diversity of opinions within each, there is bound to be some outlier thinking on how to rank prospects.

Case in point: A club personnel executive sees Cal QB Davis Webb developing into the draft's best quarterback.


"If I were a team like Cleveland, I would take impact players at (pick Nos.) 1 and 12 and then trade back into the bottom of the first round for Davis Webb," the executive told analyst Daniel Jeremiah. "I think he will end up being the best quarterback of this draft class."

Early draft analysis has Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer, Clemson's Deshaun Watson and North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky drawing most of the attention at the position, but should it surprise anyone that someone else might emerge as the best of the lot? After Jared Goff and Carson Wentz were drafted No. 1 and No. 2 overall in the 2016 draft, it was a fourth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott, who took the league by storm as a rookie. Two years earlier, Derek Carr was a second-round pick of the Oakland Raiders and the fourth quarterback selected, only to outplay those chosen ahead of him. And lest we forget, the likes of Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins were 2012 draft steals in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.

One thing Webb already has in common with Prescott: a Reese's Senior Bowl MVP Award. Granted, that's hardly a predictor of things to come, but it's not as if Webb needed that to establish himself, either. Back in October, an NFL executive told Jeremiah that Webb has a better arm than Goff. By season's end, he had passed for 4,295 yards in his only season as a starter for the Golden Bears, with 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Between that campaign and his two seasons as a starter for Texas Tech, there is plenty of film on Webb for scouts to dig into.

And while he might not be the first quarterback picked, there's no reason to think he can't be the one who goes on to have the most success in the pros.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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