The Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman officially made the pick that will make or break his tenure.
The Giants had the 6th and 17th picks in the first round of the NFL Draft. This is a team with countless needs, but they are also a team who needs to find the heir to Eli Manning.
At six, with all-world pass rusher Josh Allen on the board, the Giants selected quarterback Daniel Jones out of Duke to be the guy to take the torch from Manning.
Daniel Jones to the Giants? Not that stunning. Daniel Jones to the Giants with the sixth pick in the draft? Very stunning.
If you looked at any projection or mock draft, there was not one expert who legitimately made the case that Daniel Jones was a top-ten player in the draft, regardless of position.
You find the draft expert, and everyone will tell you Daniel Jones was a reach at six.
I have been very passionate about the need for the Giants to address the future of the quarterback position.
So it may sound hypocritical for me to now question the selection of a quarterback, but my criticism is based on a variety of factors:
1. I watched Daniel Jones at Duke. There was not one moment where I sat there and said to myself, this is a quarterback who is worthy of a top-ten pick.
2 Despite what Dave Gettleman tells you, there is no doubt in my mind he would have been there when the Giants picked again at 17. I get the argument that when you fall in love with a quarterback you don’t get cute, but you also have to understand the market.
3. I think Dwayne Haskins, who was selected by the Washington Redskins later in the first round, is a better prospect.
4. The Giants desperately needed an elite-level pass rusher. They had a chance to get one, they refused. The Giants could have easily walked away from the first night of the draft with both Allen and Jones.
5. I would argue that Josh Rosen, a first-round pick in last year’s draft, is a better prospect than Jones. The Miami Dolphins acquired Rosen in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals for a late second-round pick.
The Giants could have loaded up on defense and added Rosen which would’ve been a better plan for the present and the future.
There are so many ways the Giants could have gotten this right, and instead they put all of their eggs in the Daniel Jones basket.
Gettleman passed on better quarterback prospects in last year’s draft, and decided a year later it was time to get one.
I’ve questioned his plan for the Giants for the last two years, but now his tenure with Big Blue will be decided by the fate of Daniel Jones.
No getting around it, If Jones performs he will have the last laugh. If Jones does not perform, Gettleman and the Giants will continue to be the butt of all jokes.
For Gettleman’s sake, he had better hope Jones turns into another beleaguered Giants draft pick of yesteryear, a guy by the name of Phil Simms.
Worst-case scenario? Jones follows the path of the last Duke quarterback to put on a Giants uniform, a quarterback by the name of Dave Brown.
Let the speculation begin!
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