Giants' Daniel Jones: NFL Draft 'Played Out As Good As It Could Have'

LISTEN: New Giants QB Joins Mike Francesa

Mike Francesa
April 26, 2019 - 5:04 pm


The New York Giants provided a shock when they took Daniel Jones with the No. 6 pick in Thursday’s first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

General manager Dave Gettleman did what so many fans were clamoring for by taking a quarterback with the team’s top pick, but it wasn’t the quarterback that many were anticipating. Dwayne Haskins ended up going 15th overall to the Washington Redskins after New York passed on him to choose Jones.

On Friday, Jones joined Mike Francesa to talk about himself and his reaction to being drafted by the Giants. Despite the reaction from the media, Jones noted how pleased he was to have landed with New York.

“I thought the meetings with the Giants went really well,” said Jones. “I thought I connected with everyone who came and everyone who I talked to in the organization. That made me confident and made me feel good about that. There were other teams I thought that were interested, but I certainly wanted to be in New York … It played out as good as it could have for me, and I’m thrilled to be part of the Giants.”

In 11 games for Duke in 2018, Jones completed 60.5% of his passes for 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In his three seasons starting for the Blue Devils, the 6-foot-5 quarterback passed for at least 2,670 yards while running for at least 315 yards and three touchdowns every year.

Jones gave Francesa a quick scouting report on how he sees himself as a player heading into his NFL career.


Daniel Jones

“As a quarterback, I think accuracy is maybe the most important thing, and I think I have that. Being accurate with the football and putting it exactly where I want to so people can run after the catch, I think that’s a strength of mine. Also I think decision making, the ability to process information, I’ve been lucky to work with Coach Cut (David Cutcliffe) and Coach Roper here at Duke, and I think they’ve prepared me well in that sense to process information, to make decisions quickly on the field and get the ball out.”

Jones has a prior relationship with Eli Manning, partially because of “Coach Cut.” David Cutcliffe was Manning’s head coach at Ole Miss before he was Jones’ coach at Duke. Jones has since served as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana.

Giants coach Pat Shurmur said Thursday that he told Manning "it’s your job to win games and keep this guy off the field.”

Jones seems to be relishing that chance to learn from Manning.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity for a young quarterback coming into the league to have the opportunity to watch Eli and how he carries himself, what he does day in and day out to be the player he is. Obviously, he’s a Hall of Famer. He’s a player who has had a whole lot of success in the league for a really long time … I’m looking forward to it. It’s certainly my job to do what I can to learn as much as I can from him.”

Click the audio player above to listen to Mike Francesa's full interview with Daniel Jones.