One thing Duke quarterback Daniel Jones has that both Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray are missing is a unique relationship with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning — something that could come into play entering the 2019 NFL Draft.
While Haskins and Murray have each expressed a willingness to play behind Manning for a year or two, Jones is already familiar with Manning on both a personal and professional level.
Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe worked with both Eli and Peyton Manning during their college years, and the trio has forged an ever-lasting bond that Jones has been able to benefit from while playing at Duke. And on Friday at the 2019 NFL Combine, Jones expressed his appreciation for Eli and his tutelage.
“Being in that group with coach Cut and the Manning’s is an honor and something I appreciate very much,” Jones told reporters. “Being able to have the relationships I have with Eli and Peyton has been something that’s been special about my process and something that will help me.”
While Jones acknowledges he wants to enter the NFL and start right away, he called the prospect of learning behind Manning “awesome” and something he’d welcome.
“As a competitor you want to play and I’m not going to say I wouldn’t want to play, but I think the opportunity to be behind Eli, to learn and kind of watch him day in and day out, how he carries himself and how he prepares would be a tremendous opportunity for my growth and my development,” Jones said. “I think that would be a tremendous opportunity for me.”
If the Giants do miss out on both Haskins and Murray, there’s a chance they could target Jones, including a potential trade down scenario.