ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. are two of the most respected NFL Draft analysts out there, so their opinions on prospects hold tons of weight.
But their opinions on Giants QB Daniel Jones couldn’t be more opposite.
Heading into last year’s draft, McShay was not a fan of Jones, while Kiper saw all the things the Giants apparently did when they drafted him sixth overall. So, when discussing the Giants on their podcast, a heated argument broke out between the two personalties who clearly still share their differences with Jones.
“The Giants have a franchise quarterback, so now they just have to build the line up,” Kiper began, with McShay adding a quick “according to Mel Kiper” aftewards.
So Kiper bit back…
“Let’s face it, you didn’t like him coming in so you’re going to ride this false narrative through his career,” he said.
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Mcshay then explained himself…
“It is honestly one of the most surprising things, and it shouldn’t be because I’ve worked with you for so long now, going on 15 years,” he said. “It still is so shocking to me because I thought this was going to be an easy one. Like yeah it’s his rookie year, but he clearly didn’t play as well as I thought.”
Kiper immediately defended Jones, pointing to the constant injuries to his playmakers in the receiving corps, and still putting up the numbers he did. He, then, questioned McShay…
“Are you delusional? You’ve got to be dreaming, delusional or drinking something other than your bottle of water,” Kiper said.
Jones definitely can improve, especially when it comes to ball security after leading the NFL in fumbles with 18. But he did throw for 3,027 yards over his 13 games played (12 starts) with 24 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. He made some pretty impressive throws along the way, and showed off his running ability on scrambles and zone reads — something the Giants never had in their arsenal with Eli Manning.
But, just as he has when he entered the draft, Jones will continue to deal with the skepticism and criticism. Maybe in Year 2, though, he could change McShay’s mind. In the meantime, Kiper is definitely on board with Jones being the next franchise quarterback for the Giants.