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New York Giants Off the Clock: Third-Round Pick Quarterback Davis Webb, California Golden Bears
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16 May 2017 05:19 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: California quarterback Davis Webb attempts pass. (Image Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The New York Giants had six picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, one in each of the first six rounds. As we take the Giants “Off the Clock,” we’ll break down all six of their draft picks, continuing with their third-round selection:

Round 3; Pick 23 (87th Overall): QB Davis Webb, Cal

Measurables: The Cal product certainly looks the part of a prototypical passer standing in at 6’5” and tipping the scales at 229 pounds. His long arms (33 1/8”) should allow him to throw over the line of scrimmage comfortably, although some might be concerned about his small hands (9 ¼”). At the NFL Scouting Combine, Webb proved to be a more explosive and quick-twitch athlete than given credit for. His jumps, 33” vertical and  9’10” broad jump, were among the better numbers in the quarterback group, while a 6.92 three-cone time would be considered a strong number for a running back.

Skill Set: He doesn’t just look that part, Webb has a cannon arm, arguably as good or better than the three quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Webb has a quick release and has flashed the ability to be an accurate passer, especially on short and intermediate routes. He also moves well and has a good feel in the pocket.   

Giants OTC: Needs | Evan Engram | Dalvin Tomlinson; New York Jets Off the Clock: Off Needs | Def Needs | Jamal Adams | Marcus Maye | ArDarius Stewart | Chad Hansen | Jordan Leggett | Dylan Donahue | Elijah McGuire |

Value: Leading up to the draft, Webb was a hot name who some had sneaking into the first round. Instead, the Golden Bear lasted beyond his projection of a second-round selection. Webb was’s 95th ranked player, while ranked the passer 78th overall. In terms of value I thought the Giants did a pretty good job.   

Need: Not really. Certainly not an immediate need, as one of the strengths on New York’s roster is quarterback Eli Manning. Not just Manning’s ability as a passer, but his durability. The guy never gets hurt.

Mogollon’s Pick: The running game was ranked 29th in the NFL last season, the weakest link on the team in 2016. Adding a productive runner like D’Onta Foreman (No. 89) out of Texas would have been a great find this deep into the draft. Hard to pass up.

Who Else Did They Pass Up? Another running back who went in the third round who could have contributed immediately is Pittsburgh’s James Conner (No. 105), while Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine (No. 114) is a physical back who lasted until the fourth round . Linebacker Kendell Beckwith (No. 107) out of LSU is another rookie who would have pushed for early playing time at a position of need. Why not another tight end? Florida International’s Jonnu Smith (No. 100) is a more proven blocker than first-round choice Evan Engram.

NFL Draft OTC: Picks 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, 17-20, 21-24, 25-28, 29-32, By State

The Fit: In terms of his tools, yes, Webb is a fit. However, he’s coming from “air raid” offenses at both Texas Tech and Cal, in which most of the passes are within 10 yards. As much as the NFL has evolved incorporating spread offenses, like the Giants do, Webb still has a lot of work to do to truly fit.

2017 Outlook & Beyond: Barring injury, Webb will serve as the third-string quarterback this season behind Eli Manning and backup Geno Smith, who was signed in the offseason. Webb will probably not see any game action after the preseason. Depending on how quickly he develops, Webb could be asked to compete for a backup role in 2018. Ultimately, he’s viewed as the quarterback of the future as the 36-year old Manning enters his 13th NFL season. That future might not be around the corner but it’s anyone’s guess when Manning will lose MPH on his fastball and decide to hang it up. Possibly, by the 2020 season, this could be Webb’s team. Or he could move on after four seasons having yet to attempt double-digit passes as a pro a la Ryan Nassib.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email:

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