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Davis Webb (Photo via Giants.com)

Davis Webb (Photo via Giants.com)

The New York Giants used their third round pick on the future. Not the present, but the future. In their final pick on Day Two of the NFL Draft, the Giants selected quarterback Davis Webb out of University of California with the No. 87 overall pick in the third round.

Webb drew a lot of intrigue a week before the NFL Draft, where some analysts considered him to be a first round prospect. During his senior year, Webb completed 382 out of 620 passes (61.6 percent) for 4,295 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Webb shined in the Senior Bowl, where he completed 11 of 16 passes for 165 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions, earning him the Senior Bowl MVP award. Webb has drawn praise for his ability to stand tall in the pocket, as well as his poise when disrupted in the pocket. This is something the Giants are looking for in a future quarterback.

“I was ecstatic,” said Webb. “I was very fortunate to be selected by such a great organization and great coaches and Coach McAdoo and I am just very thankful for the Giants organization picking me up today and I am ready to get to work.”

“I think he’s a big man, he’s a fluid mover, he’s a pocket passer but he’s not necessarily a statue back there,” said Giants head coach Ben McAdoo. “He can move around and has some good rhythm in the body.”

With reports coming out that the Giants tried to trade up in the first round to draft Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, but were unsuccessful, as the Kansas City Chiefs traded with the Buffalo Bills to take said quarterback. The ironic thing is, Mahomes took over the starting quarterback job at Texas Tech from Webb, who later transferred over to California. The Giants waited and Webb just so happened to remain on the draft board in the third round.

There has been talk about finding Eli Manning’s replacement in this year’s draft. Manning, who is currently 36 years old, is up there in age and is reaching the tail end of his career. It was a matter of where and when Big Blue would make the leap towards taking a quarterback in this draft class. It’s a matter of when Webb would be a consideration at quarterback in the future, all depending on Manning’s status. In the meantime, Manning has a wealth of knowledge that he can pass down to Webb, whether he’s starting for the Giants  in the future or on another team.

“Eli understands the process,” said Giants general manager Jerry Reese. “Eli is a very smart guy and he understands the process. He knows that he is not going to play forever. He knows that it is our job to prepare for when he has finished his career here, so he understands that. It is nothing that we had to talk to him about.”

“…I am just excited to be in the same quarterback room as him and we will see what happens,” said Webb. “I am just trying to be a great teammate first, be prepared from a week-to-week standpoint as a quarterback because I have a long way to go.”

So there you have it. Will Davis Webb be Eli Manning’s successor as the starting quarterback for the New York Giants in the future? This process will take a couple of years, so only time will tell, Giants fans.

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