The College Football Bowl Games began on December 15 and came to an end on January 1. The top three quarterback prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft all played in their own Bowl Games. Each quarterback had a solid performance. New York Giants fans should make themselves familiar with these prospects heading into the offseason.
Duke QB, Daniel Jones:
Daniel Jones, the redshirt junior out of Duke, played an excellent game. Duke faced off against Temple in the Independence Bowl on Thursday, December 27. Duke won the Bowl Game 56-27. Jones had an excellent game to lead his team to victory.
Jones put up 423 passing yards and 5 passing touchdowns with a 73% completion percentage (30/41). However, he did throw two interceptions. Daniel declared for the 2019 NFL draft on New Years Eve. He is an interesting prospect because of his ideal frame (6′ 5″, 220 lbs.) and pro-style traits. He was coached by the legendary David Cutcliffe, the same coach who got Eli Manning ready for the NFL. This makes Jones an intriguing prospect for NFL scouts.
Missouri QB, Drew Lock
Drew Lock is a senior quarterback for Missouri. Missouri had a disappointing end to their season, suffering a 38-33 loss in the Liberty Bowl on New Years Eve. However, Lock played a good game in which he flashed with NFL level throws. Lock threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and a 60.5% completion percentage. Drew showed excellent deep-ball accuracy and the ability to make plays outside of the pocket.
Lock has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, so expect to see Giants scouts there with a keen eye on him.
Drew Lock GOES DEEP! pic.twitter.com/DInfZdtyWC
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 31, 2018
Ohio State QB, Dwayne Haskins Jr.
Dwayne Haskins Jr. is the top ranked quarterback prospect in this draft class, and that showed during the Rose Bowl. The quarterback lead Ohio State to a 28-23 victory in the Rose Bowl against Washington on New Years Day. Haskins threw for 251 yards and tossed three touchdown passes in this game, making his season total a remarkable 50.
Haskins is a special prospect because of his advanced mental edge on the field. He knows how to move safeties with his eyes and go through his progressions to find the open receiver. This is something that most collegiate quarterbacks take years to master, but after just one season as a starter, Haskins seems to have this skill near-perfect. Of course, reading defenses in college is much easier than in the NFL. However, this trait shows that Haskins has major potential at the next level.
TD #49 on the year. Back-side post comes wide open as Haskins evades pressure and buys time. Great pocket movement and throw again. pic.twitter.com/uL0JfWjkmr
— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) January 1, 2019
With Eli Manning coming off his fifteenth season, it is time for the Giants to start looking towards the future. The team needs a plan for life after Eli. Could their plan be found in this year’s draft?