The truth about Davis Webb has been revealed:
The New York Giants are between a rock and a hard place with their current quarterback situation. On one side, they have Davis Webb waiting in the ranks who has just completed a year of learning behind Eli Manning.
On the other side, Big Blue has the no. 2 pick in the NFL draft and general manager Dave Gettleman could choose to take a quarterback, forcefully throwing everything up into the air.
When asked about the draft, Gettleman responded saying (according to Giants.com):
“With the second pick, we’re going to take the best player,” he stated. “They screamed at me in Carolina, ‘You’ve got to draft a tackle, you’ve got to draft a tackle.’ If the value’s not there when you pick, you’re going to make a mistake. You’ll make a mistake. We’re going to set ourselves up so that we can take the best player available. And if the best player available is a quarterback, then that’s what we’re going to do.”
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Quite vague from the new GM, but what else should we expect? There’s no way he’s going to detail his entire draft strategy to the media for all to know, but here’s what we can take depict from his answer.
Former GM Jerry Reese was keen on taking the best player available, primarily at ‘skill’ positions, which differs from Gettleman’s approach in that he is looking for the top talent at any and all positions, not just ones like wide receiver or cornerback.
Gettleman made it apparent that if he believes a quarterback should be selected, then that is what he will do. But what about Davis Webb? And does he think that Webb could be a part of the succession plan for after Manning?
Here’s what he had to say:
“I know nothing [about him],” Gettleman said. “I know that he’s a double transfer. I’ve spent some time talking to him. He seems like a great kid. I know he followed Eli around and is learning how to be a pro. That’s what I know.”
It’s still early in Gettleman’s tenure with the Giants, and he’s only recently gotten around to speaking with Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., but I can imagine he will make time to sit down with Webb as well.
Gettleman may leave the quarterback situation up to new head coach Pat Shurmur, as he’s been known as the "quarterback whisperer." If Shurmur likes what he sees in Webb, and trusts his judgement, we may see the Giants completely avoid a quarterback in the 2018 NFL draft.