Washington’s Bruce Allen disputes the idea that Dave Gettleman knew their draft plans
After the New York Giants selected Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Giants’ GM Dave Gettleman said, definitively, that he knew for certain that two other teams were primed to take Jones before the Giants would have a chance to do that at No. 17.
Almost immediately after, NFL scuttlebutt provided the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos as two teams that were hot after Jones. And those teams made sense in the moment. After all, Washington selected Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins at 15th overall, while the Broncos selected Missouri’s Drew Lock early in the second round.
Since then, reports have come out contradicting that belief.
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report has said that an AFC executive told him that ”There is no way he was going anywhere else in the top 17 picks.” The executive added that his team, “couldn’t find any team other than the Giants who had Jones ranked in the top two passers.”
Meanwhile, Dianna Russini of ESPN said on ESPN Radio in New York that “The Redskins and Broncos were never taking Daniel Jones. In Washington, some tried to convince ownership they should take Jones but it never was going to happen.”
Mike Klis, who covers the Denver Broncos, stated that the Broncos were not interested in Jones, at least not in the first round:
It was NOT the Broncos. They were not taking any QB at 10. And Drew Lock was their No 1 QB on board, not Jones. There was some talk of trading back into late first round for Lock. But no QB at 10. Sorry Mr. Gettleman, Broncos can’t bail ya out on this one. #9sports https://t.co/DB4wGg0kq2
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 28, 2019
Washington team president, Bruce Allen, appeared on the NFL Network and said, “I’m almost positive Dave has no clue what our draft board would be. I don’t know which draft boards he knows, but he doesn’t know ours.”
While that is a completely predictable answer — no executive is going on national TV and saying that their draft room is compromised, nor that the player they selected wasn’t who they wanted to draft — it is also pretty definitive.
Was Gettleman fed false information? Could there have been other teams looking to trade into the top 16 for Jones? The world may never know.