While the media digests and spits out the comments made by New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman in regard to several other teams looking to draft Daniel Jones before the 17th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, it’s important to know one thing – who cares?
Jones is the future quarterback of the Giants, so it seems. Going into the 2019 season, he will sit behind veteran Eli Manning to learn as much as possible before eventually taking over as the franchise signal caller. Now, all of the noise surrounding the pick and if Gettleman’s statement was out of line is simply ridiculous.
Taking a quarterback is unlike any other position – if you have a conviction for a specific passer, you don’t wait around and hope that he falls into your lap at a later pick, you take him immediately without hesitation. Playing the “what if” game doesn’t work in a draft that is unpredictable and unstable.
Random trades and selections happen all the time, so waiting and hoping your man falls simply doesn’t make any sense. That’s why Jones was picked and why Gettleman’s decision is justified, even if the truth behind several other teams being interested is false.
The New York Giants gained a winner in Daniel Jones:
Not only did Duke provide Jones with no talent to work with, but they also gave him no protection. His receivers dropped 33 passes, including several easy touchdown grabs throughout the course of the season. Jones essentially carried his team to an 8-5 record and a Bowl game win over Temple. His talents shouldn’t be passed over, as he made do with the weapons he had.
I wanted to save this for the thread, but I can’t.
Wake Forest 21 Duke 0 after 1Q
Duke 2/4 on 3rd down
Daniel Jones 5/11 57 yards.
4 DROPS & 1 IS ON THIRD DOWN! The RB also fumbles on the first play of the 2nd drive! C’mon man!!!!! pic.twitter.com/s1OhyNJi0N
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinnerNFL) May 1, 2019
When breaking down his film, you can see that Jones is simply trained in the art of making the right decisions. He rarely ever took risks and when he did they were calculated. Similar to Eli Manning and Peyton Manning, his fundamentals are superb and he likes to play the ball underneath on crossing routes. While he won’t light the stadium up with breathtaking speed, he has above-average athleticism and can pick up yards using his legs.
.@DukeFOOTBALL @Giants #DanielJones ran for 189 v #TarHeels in rivalry game this year. A star athlete at QB. It’s a component that not many Giant QB’s have ever had. #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/7kHjfzvbzc
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) April 30, 2019
The Giants have a solid quarterback to take over after Manning, and he’s only going to benefit from sitting behind the two-time Super Bowl-winning passer in his rookie season.
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