Maybe the New York Giants value experience at the quarterback position more-so than the statistical output of a single season, something that Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins displayed in 2018.
The single-season production of Haskins was impressive nonetheless, throwing for 50 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. His progression throughout the course of the season was noteworthy, as he seemingly increased production and efficiency with every passing game.
However, Duke’s Daniel Jones is a three-year starter with plenty of experience to translate at the next level. Having a poor supporting cast forced Jones to elevate his game and make do with the weapons he had. Last season, Duke receivers dropped 33 balls, hurting Jones’ numbers and overall stats.
That’s an essential point when comparing Jones with Haskins – the quality of surrounding assets was far different for both quarterbacks.
Recently, Haskins’ draft stock has taken a hit, but the Giants would likely spend the 6th overall pick on him if they believe he’s the best choice to succeed Eli Manning. But, general manager Dave Gettleman could take a different approach towards the quarterback position.
It’s unlikely any team would spend a top-10 pick on Jones, which opens a door for Big Blue if they are looking to bolster the defensive line with a premium pass-rusher.
Spending the 6th pick on players like Josh Allen or Ed Oliver would immediately benefit the defense, a unit that’s lacking significant talent in specific impact positions. Adding a quality pass-rusher would make up for the loss of Olivier Vernon, for a fraction of the price.
The Giants could theoretically grab Jones with the 17th overall pick, considering Kyler Murray, Drew Lock, and Haskins will all be selected before the Duke product.
According to Gil Brandt, a Hall of Fame talent evaluator:
“I. Love. Dan Jones,” Brandt said, per Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com. “I have to say this carefully: When you watch him and you go back (20) years and watch Peyton Manning, you are watching the same guy. He’s athletic. He doesn’t have a rocket for an arm, but neither did Peyton. Very smart.”
Jones has spent his days learning from legendary quarterback coach, David Cutcliffe, who played a part in developing both Peyton and Eli Manning. The connection would be helpful in Manning instilling his knowledge in the young quarterback. A year under the veteran passer would be extremely beneficial towards his growth.
What makes Daniel Jones a good option for the New York Giants:
Heach coach Pat Shurmur’s offense is a blend of west-coast and spread concepts, which should favor Jones’ abilities. He’s a fundamentally sound passer that’s accurate in the short-intermediate route-tree, but can also challenge corners on deep passes. He has solid touch but lacks elite arm strength.
However, he’s an intelligent quarterback that can look off safeties and manipulate defenders with his movement. Add in his athleticism and mobility and you have a well-rounded quarterback with solid potential. He has more tangibles strengths than Haskins which could lead the Giants towards favoring him, but his consistency has been an issue in the past. A year behind Manning would likely do wonders for his development.