Giants Draft Davis Webb to Develop Behind Eli Manning; Top Twitter Hot Takes

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2017

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Davis Webb #7 of the California Golden Bears plays in the 119th Big Game between California and the Stanford Cardinal on November 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants turned to the quarterback spot Friday when they selected California's Davis Webb with the No. 87 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft. 

New York Giants @Giants

With the 87th pick, the #NYGiants select California QB Davis Webb! #GiantsDraft https://t.co/xhS02oNdaC

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Life after Eli? Giants take Cal QB Davis Webb with No. 87 overall pick. https://t.co/hdyZxK9TD8

Patrick Mahomes, a first-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs, congratulated Webb:

Patrick Mahomes II @PatrickMahomes5

Congrats my man! @Davis_Webb7

Evan Engram, whom the Giants selected in the first round, welcomed in his newest teammate:

Eazy E @EvanEngram

@Davis_Webb7 goood brother! Let's get it!

SportsNet New York's Ralph Vacchiano was among many positing Webb could be the long-term replacement for Eli Manning:

Ralph Vacchiano @RVacchianoSNY

Giants are taking Cal QB Davis Webb ... very possibly the heir apparent to Eli Manning.

ESPN's Adam Schefter compared Webb favorably to last year's No. 1 overall pick, Jared Goff:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

At pick 87, Giants select potential Eli Manning successor, Cal QB Davis Webb. Some think Webb is as talented as QB he succeeded, Jared Goff.

Bleacher Report's Patricia Traina projected Webb to wind up in New York:

Patricia Traina @Patricia_Traina

I had Davis Webb to the Giants very, very early in my mocks. I mean REALLY early.

Here's how others reacted to the pick:

FOX Sports: PROcast @PROcast

The @Giants just drafted an absolute cannon of an arm in @Davis_Webb7 out of @CalFootball! #NFLDraft https://t.co/DH1EoTqWVl

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

Really didn't think Davis Webb would slip through the second round. Giants getting him at 87th overall is a value pick. Eli Manning is 36.

Jordan Raanan @JordanRaanan

The Giants found a QB in the third round. They selected Cal's Davis Webb. Some inside the league thought he might go late first round.

Bob Glauber @BobGlauber

Giants GM Jerry Reese said he spent a lot more time studying quarterbacks in this year's draft. Davis Webb is their guy.

Dan Duggan @DDuggan21

Jerry Reese said they thought Davis Webb had the best arm in the draft.

Ryan Field @RyanFieldABC

Do the #Giants have their QB of the future in CAL's Davis Webb? 6-5, 229, good pocket passer, lots of upside. Interesting pick in RD 3. #NFL

Webb played for Texas Tech from 2013 to 2015, throwing for more than 2,500 yards in 2013 and 2014. He broke out from a statistical perspective at California in his final collegiate season as a graduate transfer with 4,295 passing yards and 37 touchdown throws.

His NFL.com draft profile lists him at 6'5" and praised his ability to stand in the pocket and unleash throws with his high release point. It also pointed to Webb's footwork in the pocket and "functional poise" when facing a blitz.

However, Lance Zierlein raised some concerns in the profile: "System quarterback with more than 65 percent of his attempts coming inside of 10 yards. Webb has enough raw talent to be considered a developmental prospect, but his decision-making and accuracy issues beyond 10 yards is a big red flag that might be tough to overcome in the NFL."

Despite the potential red flags, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted at least one national scout is a fan of Webb's intangibles, comparing him to last season's rookie sensation at the quarterback position:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Wouldn’t be surprised to see a team trade back into round 1 for #Cal’s Davis Webb. One national scout said “He has Dak-like intangibles.”

Webb hinted at those intangibles when he provided a plan for himself at the NFL level, per Andy Benoit of The MMQB: "I'm just going to be a sponge. I'm going to be a good teammate. I'm going to be a hard worker, earn my respect first. However long that takes, we'll see what happens."

If he follows that plan, it could help him answer the questions surrounding his game and develop into a starting-caliber quarterback for the Giants.

Manning turned 36 in January, so it makes sense for New York to start considering a succession plan for the two-time Super Bowl champion.

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