"That is what the whole premise is - that this guy can sit behind Eli for a couple of years, two or three years or however long it takes", Reese said.
In a shocking pick, the Giants took Davis Webb from the University of California with the 87th overall selection.
Giants' vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross and team scouts had graded Webb so high that they saw no chance of Webb falling to Big Blue this far, also past teams such as the Saints and Cardinals who entered with the similar luxury of time the next few years to groom a successor behind a veteran incumbent.
"I think it's huge", McAdoo said. Many talked about there not being a true first-round talent among the quarterbacks, but the Giants got him towards the end of the third-round. Nevertheless, they did not have them taking Webb until Round 2. That is why they were surprised to see him available in the third round. By the time the Giants are picking, Mitchell Trubisky and DeShaun Watson are likely to be off the board and it is likely that Patrick Mahomes could be gone before then as well. "We do know he's not going to play forever".
12 years ago, Aaron Rodgers sat in the green room at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, waiting to hear his name called. "It goes a long way". National Football League teams like the Giants run more balanced attacks and the quarterback is directly behind the center most plays.
"Webb, a transfer from Texas Tech, stands 6'5" and weighs in around 230. Now the Giants have started the clock on the next plan to succeed their longtime quarterback. And they went about it the right way Friday night, too. "We think this guy has a high ceiling and can come in here and develop behind him and learn the pro game and challenge and compete and create completion at the quarterback position".
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But, Reese made something very clear.
For one, they have little invested in him if they figure out that he's not "the" guy. Reese explained the decision, saying, "We didn't have any conversation with Eli before we drafted, but we drafted a quarterback, and we are going to let our quarterback know that we are drafting a quarterback, of course".
The gravity of this pick was not lost on anyone, though.
Following an impressive workout last month at Cal, quarterback Davis Webb was optimistic about his prospects for the NFL Draft.
Let's compare that to the draft grades from fans for the Giants first two selections.