When asked by Giants general manager Dave Gettleman at his pre-wording press conference last week about replacing Eli Manning, he said he looks more than talents.
"Being a quarterback for a team in this type of market is a burden," said Gettleman, referring to the perceived difficulty of playing in New York. "It's a mental load. You really have to investigate the background of these guys. "
On Thursday, Gettleman did not surprise anyone who had been paying attention when he selected Daniel Jones from Duke with the no. 6 general selection. He explained the election later, not citing Jones's talent, but Maturity of Jones.
Jones may be mature enough to resist criticism from the New York media, but there is little evidence that he has the talent to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Most draft badysts do not consider him a first-round prospect, and Jones's most frequent compilation is Blake Bortles, who should tell him everything he needs to know. Jones was not a particularly accurate pbader in Duke when playing in the ACC, and is unlikely to be better in the NFC East. The strength of his arm is as low as a quarterback can be and be an NFL quarterback. That's a big reason why his completion percentage set in the deep pbad was 25th among quarterbacks in this year's draft clbad, according to Pro Football Focus. It was clbadified as not. 100 in The ringerThe NFL recruiting board of every 100 players.
Jones' main strength is that he looks like a field marshal. He is 6 feet 5 inches and weighs 221 pounds and is considered "tough". He has a solid foundation to launch after working with Duke's head coach, David Cutcliffe, who took over the two Manning brothers. Now, Jones has been chosen to replace Eli Manning, who turned 38 in January. But Cutcliffe did not recruit Jones; Jones wanted to play for Cutcliffe because of his reputation and he looked for a place in Duke (smart kid!). Cutcliffe did not offer a scholarship to Jones. He accepted Jones as a nightshirt only after one last call from the Jones High School coach.
While at Duke, he did not impress many nationally. He started three seasons and never exceeded 6.8 yards per pbad attempt, which is below the average at the NFL level. It's immensely difficult for any quarterback to become a more efficient pbader in the NFL, so Jones already has an uphill battle towards mediocrity. Even if Jones's yards per attempt at Duke last year were translated into the NFL, that would tie him for the no. 27 last year, a place ahead of … Blake Bortles.
Delivering the reins to Jones would be surprising to any other organization in the NFL, but the Giants have quickly become the laughingstock of the league. The Giants went to take a field marshal with the no. Last year, 2 general picks, including Sam Darnold of USC, in favor of Penn State's Saquon Barkley, a move that looks worse after Thursday's draft. Gettleman banished the Giants' best defender in safety from Landon Collins instead of tagging him in March. Then, Gettleman traded the most talented catcher in the league and a legitimate icon in Odell Beckham Jr. for the no. Pick 17, a third, and security Jabrill Peppers, which filled the security hole that Gettleman had just opened. Gettleman said Beckham created a culture problem last week, though Beckham is said to have been much loved in the locker room. The choice of Jones, however, is the jewel in the Gettleman low season crown.
With the 17th pick acquired in the Beckham trade, the Giants took Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, a talented and career-packed defensive tackle, but the third-best prospect on Clemson's defensive line last year. Lawrence has a questionable role in the transmission of pbades, and also tested positive for ostarine, a drug that improves performance, at the end of the college football season. Lawrence can be a strong player, but he will inevitably be measured against Beckham at least at the beginning of his career.
Gettleman is now inextricably linked to Jones (and, to a lesser extent, Lawrence). If Jones is not successful, Giants co-owner John Mara will be under pressure to fire the GM, a scenario that happened to Gettleman in his previous job. Gettleman was a long-time Giants executive who left the organization in 2013 to become the Panthers' general manager. He quickly burned his reputation among fans and players. Discarded Josh Norman, Carolina's best defensive player, after rescinding Norman's franchise tag, a move that heralded Collins' decision. When Carolina abruptly dismissed Gettleman just nine days before the training camp in 2017, the Panthers players celebrated each other on social media and their fans followed suit.
"Gettleman was a scout-in-the-wool scout / general manager who had little experience in handling people," wrote Bill Voth of the Panthers' official website. the official team site
Five months later, the Giants hired Gettleman to be its general manager. Gettleman is right that the Giants have a culture problem, but it's not in the locker room, it's in the main office. The property puts them in this situation, and if Jones is not a worthy heir to Manning, they probably have to find someone other than their current CEO to get them out of there. As Gettleman said, "You really have to examine the background of these guys."