ORLANDO - Pat Shurmur is making the rounds through the Pro Days of the top quarterback prospects, trying to see if they're any better than Davis Webb, the young quarterback the new Giants coach already has on his team. He's comparing their college film to Webb's college film. He's even scouring through practice film of Webb from last season.
And yes, it sure would've been a big help for Shurmur if he had some film of Webb in a regular-season game.
"The unfortunate thing for me is there's just not a lot of film of him playing football in a Giants helmet, which would've been a good thing for me to see moving forward," Shurmur said at the annual NFL meetings Coaches Breakfast on Tuesday morning. "That is what it is."
What it is, is another reminder of just how badly the Giants screwed up their quarterback situation last season, both before and after the old regime of GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo were fired. Once they made the sloppy move to bench Eli Manning, they turned to Geno Smith instead of Webb - even though Smith clearly didn't have much of a future with the franchise. And then, after Reese and McAdoo were fired, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo turned back to Manning - and refused to even get Webb a handful of snaps down the stretch of a miserable, lost, 3-13 year.
So now they are left with this: Shurmur and new GM Dave Gettleman are trying to determine if they should take a quarterback with the No. 2 pick in the draft, knowing their current starter is 37 years old. Webb, a third-round pick out of Cal, could be the answer. But without actual game film, it's hard for them to know.
"I've got high hopes for him being a productive player in this league, but it's a little bit of an unknown," Shurmur said. "The advantage we will have though is we'll have two weeks of training (starting April 9) where we can't go on the field, it's just in the meeting room. Then we're going to get that extra minicamp (April 24-26) which will lead right up to the draft.
"It'll be a great way for Davis to sort of showcase what he can do."
That will make April a very interesting month for the 23-year-old Webb. He's already been working out at the Giants facility, hanging around with Manning as much as possible, but due to NFL restrictions, he's been unable to work with - or even talk football - with the coaching staff. That changes on April 9 when the offseason program begins, giving him two weeks to show off his knowledge in the meeting rooms.
Then, thanks to an extra mini-camp that new coaches get to hold, Webb will on the field with at least some of his team for three days of voluntary practices - coincidentally in the three days (and really, the final hours) before the Giants make that No. 2 pick in the first round of the NFL draft on April 26.
Webb is very likely to get a majority of the reps at quarterback during that mini-camp. And yes, Shurmur said, how he performs could have an impact in what the Giants do in the draft.
"I think we're going to take in any information we can up until the time we're on the clock, really," Shurmur said. "I don't want to make it sound like it's a showcase for Davis Webb, but as a guy that we're interested in seeing, he's certainly going to get his fair share of the reps."
In the meantime, Shurmur said he'll continue to look over his notes from when he scouted Webb for the Vikings last offseason, and he'll scour the film, comparing Webb's college film to that of USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Wyoming's Josh Allen and maybe even Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield. And he'll also pour over the Giants' practice film, where he'll see Webb mostly running scripted plays with the scout team, for any helpful hints, too.
"You can see him throw the ball. You can see him move around. You can see him execute under center in the shotgun," Shurmur said. "You can see him doing the things that a quarterback has to do."
Will it be enough? Even Shurmur couldn't say, though he did admit Webb has a bit of an edge just because he's been in the NFL for a year.
"There's no substitute for experience," Shurmur said. "And I think even though he was here and didn't play a bunch, he became experienced in ways that you can't if you haven't been here."
Of course, the experience would've been even better and more valuable if he had actually taken the field, even for a handful of snaps in one of the Giants' final games. It was an odd decision then, and seems like a mindboggling bad one now that the Giants didn't at least put Webb in for a few series, even if they didn't want to give him a start.
And the impact of that poor decision could end up hurting Webb - and maybe even the Giants - if they end up making the wrong decision with the second pick of the draft.