Jones is not a very good quarterback. But don’t just take it from me. The following was written by a Giants fan from Big Blue View:
At his best, in ideal circumstances and put in an environment in which he has thrived, Jones is a very limited quarterback prospect. He passes the eye test at 6-foot 5 inches, 230 pounds and possessing enough mobility to generate the occasional exciting play. But looking beyond his physique and scrambling ability, there is just not much there. Jones is at his absolute best when executing a 1-read, short-range offense. Duke catered to that with a variety of quick passes inside of 10 yards, leaning heavily on Run-Pass Option (RPO) concepts. Per Benjamin Solak’s Contextualized Quarterbacking charting, a full 64.7 percent of Jones’ targets were to receivers ten or fewer yards downfield and Jones threw to his first read 92 percent of the time. [...] There are just few good football reasons to select Jones at any point where you would feel compelled let him prove that he isn’t a franchise quarterback. Doing so courts disaster based on the hope that everything clicks and he is competent running the basics of a limited short-range offense.
So, if Jones is so bad, why did the Giants take him so high? Well, it seems like New York didn’t want to hurt Eli Manning’s feelings.
A more realistic reason for targeting Jones is his relationship with [Duke coach David] Cutcliffe and the Mannings, and the hope that it would prevent any kind of hard feelings in the quarterback room. But while many of the Giants’ personnel moves have erred towards a preference for comfort and familiarity, letting sentiment guide your choice for the future of the most important position on the roster is pure folly. Dave Gettleman’s duty is to the future of the franchise, not Eli Manning’s feelings, and his job is to find the best quarterback he can.
The Eagles are 18-4 in their last 22 games against the Giants. Their dominance over their NFC East rivals could very well continue when Manning eventually retires and Jones takes over in his place.
(Have I ever mentioned that Gettleman is my favorite NFL GM?)
More reaction to the Giants selecting Jones, starting with a poll from over at BBV:
I watched almost every game Daniel Jones started. He has serious issues. No way is he worth this pick. But he does seem like a nice guy. I hope Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox get to spend some time with him.— Tommy Lawlor (@lawlornfl) April 26, 2019
Daniel Jones at Duke: 59.9% comp%, 6.2 AY/A, 52 TDs, 29 INTs— Noah Becker (@Noah_Becker) February 13, 2019
Christian Hackenberg at PSU: 56.1% comp%, 6.5 AY/A, 48 TDs, 31 INTs