The New York Giants had the 87th pick in the third round and after taking two players no had mocked to them in the draft run-ups in TE Evan Engram and DT Dalvin Tomlinson, they found Eli Manning’s possible heir in Cal QB Davis Webb.
Webb, a transfer from Texas Tech, stands 6’5″ and weighs in around 230. That’s the good part. The down side is that Webb is very stiff and extremely green. Webb had a strong Senior Bowl but is considered a project at this point by many. He won’t have to play right away, so he’ll get plenty of time to hone his skills.
Even though GM Jerry Reese claims that Webb has the strongest arm of any QB in the draft, Webb is a short-yardage thrower who has been compared to NFL bust Brock Osweiler by several scouts. Still, the Giants did not expect Webb to still be on the board in the third round.
“He’s a gym rat, a coach’s son…let’s get him a playbook and a helmet,” said head coach Ben McAdoo, who has admitted to never meeting Webb. McAdoo also said Webb was the highest-rated player on the Giants’ board whether turn to select rolled around.
The New York Jets were scheduled to select sixth (70th overall) in the Round Three of the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia on Friday night. Instead they traded down nine spots with the Minnesota Vikings, who selected Ohio State center Pat Elflein with the pick. In return, the Jets received an extra selection in the fifth round (No. 160) from the Vikings.
With the 79th pick, the Jets chose Alabama WR ArDarius Stewart (5’11” 204), their first offensive player of the draft. Earlier, in Round Two, Gang Green selected Florida’s Marcus Maye, their second safety in as many picks.
Stewart was the Crimson Tide’s top receiver in 2016 with 864 yards on 54 catches and eight touchdowns and was named first team All-SEC. Of Stewart’s 54 receptions, 30 of them went for either a first down or a touchdown. The Jets are a bit strapped at wideout at the moment, so Stewart, who is known for his toughness and resiliency, will get ample opportunity to secure playing time as a rookie.
he Jets traded their compensatory selection in the third round (No. 107) to Tampa Bay for more picks later in the draft.