Giants S Landon Collins has so much faith in rookie QB Davis Webb that he doesn't want the team to select a QB with their top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
"Don't draft him," Collins told the NY Post when asked about potentially drafting a franchise-level QB next spring. "Don't do it. Davis is gonna be really good in the league when it's his time, I promise you."
The same day the rookie QB took snaps with the first-team offense, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie also said he believes the heir apparent to Eli Manning doesn't reside in next year's draft, but rather in their own clubhouse.
"A young Eli," Rodgers-Cromartie said about Webb. "I used to laugh at him, 'Why is the man mimicking Eli during a practice when Eli takes a step, you can see him behind him doing the same motion he is. What is wrong with this dude? It finally hit me that he's just trying to do everything that he's doing, so he's definitely learning, willing to learn and he's doing the right things, I think."
Neither player suggested that Davis supplant Manning as the starter in 2018, but Rodgers-Cromartie does believe the young QB has earned a shot at being the backup next season.
Webb was pleased with his peformance with the first-team offense on Wednesday, although it remains likely he will stay inactive for the Giants' final two games of the season.
"I think I did good," Webb said. "It was my first time getting reps in a little bit and in a team setting and I think I did a pretty good job. There's things I need to work on obviously, but I think I did a pretty solid job."
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Collins and DRC could be sending a message to their new GM the Giants are currently looking for. Everyone on the team has done nothing but praise Webb all season long, and to now hear players say not to draft a quarterback shows their confidence in Webb's future.
But is it the right call to bank on Webb even though no one has seen him play in a regular season game? That will likely be the biggest decision made by the Giants' new GM when Draft Day comes along. You would obviously want to listen to what the coaches and players have to say, especially about certain players. But when there's no sample size -- even the slightest -- of work on the field for Webb, it may be a needed choice to go with a quarterback.
However, this is the mindset of many conversative thinkers, and given the fact that the Giants have been horribly awful this year, I think a move to bring in an immediate impact player is necessary. Even if the Giants draft a quarterback, Eli Manning will be under center for at least two more years. That means "the future" will have to wait while the Giants try to figure out what's wrong with their team.
Instead, I'm making the case for Penn State RB Saquon Barkely. None of these experts are calling these top QBs generational players. They do say they could be starters in the future, but the same was said about Webb when he was drafted in the third round last season. A franchise quarterback doesn't need to be drafted first, second, or third overall. It can happen anywhere in the draft.
Barkely, on the other hand, is just what the Giants need in their backfield. He would bring this offense full circle with the wide range of things he can do from splitting small gaps on run plays, making players miss in the open field, catching out of the backfield, and being dangerous in the return game. He is an all-purpose player that would not only benefit from being the starter immediately at running back, but more importantly, provide a spark at a position the Giants have been lethargic at for years.
If I'm the GM, I trust in my players' word that Webb can potentially be the future because Eli's window for a championship is closing. Give him another weapon to work with -- one that is sure to bring life to the offense.