5th) Quarterback, Davis Webb; California
This pick garnered arguably the most mixed reactions of any that the Giants made this year. Selecting a quarterback will always garner strong emotions. That didn’t change when the Giants used their third-round pick on Webb.
Webb has a lot to like in a quarterback. He the size you want and a big arm which enables him to make all of the throws needed with a high football intelligence. There are some durability concerns, and he did have to transfer from Texas Tech because he lost the starting job to Patrick Mahomes, who was selected in the first round this year.
Webb has a tendency to force some throws, as his arm strength is a blessing and a curse. Some inaccuracy issues were due to making throws late, relying on his arm strength to make up for it. The biggest knock against him is how long it will take to develop him.
Webb was in the Air Raid offense in college. He is basically starting from scratch with the Giants in terms of the playbook and offense they use. It will take some time for him to pick up the language of the NFL and adapt to a playing style he has not ever used. Luckily for the Giants, they are not in immediate need of help at quarterback as they still have Eli Manning.
If Webb can become the starter after Manning and play well, this pick will be praised. But, if he cannot pick up an NFL offense and develop as hoped, many people will say, “I told you so.” This pick will make or break the Giants draft grade for this class down the road.
Hopefully, it works out, but for the position the team currently is in, it would have made sense to add someone that can help out immediately. Seeing where higher rated prospects such as Nathan Peterman and Joshua Dobbs went in the draft also makes the Webb pick sting a little right now.