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New York Giants Off the Clock: First-Round Pick Quarterback Daniel Jones, Duke

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New York Giants Off the Clock: First-Round Pick Quarterback Daniel Jones, Duke

2019-05-19 13:36:501 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Giants first-round pick Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. (Image Source: Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)

The New York Giants had 10 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, including three first-round selections. As we take the Giants “Off the Clock,” we’ll breakdown all 10 of their draft picks, beginning with the sixth-overall choice:

Round 1; Pick 6 (6th Overall): QB Daniel Jones, Duke

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Measurables: At 6’5” and 221 pounds with a 78 1/8” wingspan, Jones is built like your classic pocket passer, in the Eli Manning mold. Unlike Manning, the Duke product is an above-average athlete. His 33 ½” vertical jump and 120” broad jump were very impressive and an indication of explosiveness, while he showed off his change-of-direction quicks with a 7.0 three-cone time. A 4.81 40-time is an average time for a quarterback, otherwise Jones helped himself at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Skill Set: While he has the ideal size, his arm is average, not great. It’s not subpar like Kyle Lauletta, but also not in Manning’s range. His timing is good, as Jones typically makes swift decisions and is at his best when asked to make quick throws. However, his mechanics tend to be criticized by scouts and it results in inconsistency when it comes to his accuracy. That criticism includes an elongated delivery.  

Value: There’s two ways to look at value. How people evaluate the talent and where a prospect is projected to go (which can be overrated and inaccurate). On both accounts, this pick was viewed as a reach. Personally, I don’t believe Jones is a first-round talent and if the Giants took him with the 17th pick, it still would have been a bad decision. Having said that, anyone who tells you they know Jones would have been available when New York was scheduled to pick again at No. 17 is lying. No one knows.

Need: Heck yes! This is a need the G-Men should have addressed last draft (or sooner). Eli Manning is 38 years old and on the decline. He’s been their franchise quarterback for 15 years and has won two Super Bowls, but Manning had his run and it’s time to hand over the keys to the franchise.

Mogollon’s Pick: If it was me calling the shots, I would have gone with Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen, who went a pick later to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Even if Lorenzo Carter develops, which is a big if, the Giants need someone else to work opposite him in the long term. A replacement for Olivia Vernon, who was traded away in the offseason amid the dumps, is needed.

Off the Clock (Rd. 1): 1-4, 5-8, 9-14, 15-20, 21-26, 27-32 | Defensive ROY Odds | NY Jets Draft Checklist: Offense | Defense | Off The Clock: Quinnen Williams | Jachai Polite | Chuma Edoga | Trevon Wesco | Blake Cashman | Blessuan Austin | 2020 Draft: No. 1 Pick Odds

Who Else Did They Pass Up? Instead of waiting for the 17th pick to select Dexter Lawrence, the Giants could have gone with Houston’s Ed Oliver who went ninth to the Buffalo Bills. I also would have been very tempted to select Michigan inside linebacker Devin Bush who would vastly increased the athleticism of their front seven. A centerpiece to their defense for years to come. Of course, some wanted OSU quarterback Dwayne Haskins who Washington took at 15.

The Fit: The G-Men seem to view Jones as the ideal successor to Manning, who should be an excellent mentor to the Duke product. As you’ve heard already by now, both come from the David Cutcliffe school of quarterbacking. If Jones doesn’t pan out it won’t be because he doesn’t fit, it’s because he isn’t very good.  

2019 Outlook & Beyond: General manager Dave Gettleman has thrown out the term, “the Green Bay model,” as if that’s a real thing. Aaron Rodgers sat for three seasons behind Brett Favre and the man who drafted Jones envisions him sitting for two to three seasons. So, for 2019 and beyond Jones is a backup who barely sees the field? I don’t see it. Maybe for this season. Maybe. But you’d have to imagine that by 2020 Jones is at least competing for the starting job.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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