Davis Webb was an unheralded quarterback in college, an assumed product of Texas Tech’s Air Raid offense with a side of Sonny Dykes’ tutelage in his final season, spent at California.
As a result, he didn’t get the fanfare of the quarterback he replaced, Jared Goff, when it came to the NFL draft. That’s no matter to Webb, the third-round pick of the New York Giants. He didn’t go first overall in 2017, but he still thinks he’ll be the quarterback to replace Eli Manning in New York when the time comes.
“I know I’m going to get a shot here,” Webb said in a Sports Illustrated piece written by Ben Baskin. “If it’s tomorrow, if it’s in 10 years, I know I’m going to get a chance. And when that comes, throw it deep, throw it deep. Scared money don’t make money.”
Yes, Webb used a Young Jeezy reference to underscore his confidence-fueled claim about his future. That confidence has him telling Odell Beckham Jr. that no matter Beckham’s speed, “You ain’t outrunning my arm.” It also has him telling anyone who will listen that he has the best cannon out there.
“I can throw it better than anybody,” he said. “I have a great arm.”
“I feel like I can make every throw. My arm strength is probably too strong.”
The NFL is a league that just had the Buffalo Bills trade up to select Josh Allen, who possesses accuracy issues, with the seventh-overall pick because of his arm. In short, no arm is too strong.
Webb stands to make an impact in New York beyond 2018, a season that many believe could be Manning’s last. The former Cal standout who completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 4,295 yards, 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions is preparing for his time by filling dozens of binders with plays and football research. He finds enjoyment in studying film the way others watch television shows, per the Sports Illustrated piece. When his name is called, at the very least, Webb will know what to do when a play is relayed to him in the huddle.
Will the quarterback end up solving the impending void at the position for the Giants? He thinks so, buoyed by New York’s decision to select running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick this year.
“I guess I did good enough for them not to [take a QB with the second pick],” he said.
As for whether that proves to be the right decision, we’ll have to wait until Webb hears his name called. We can be sure on one thing: He’ll be prepared.