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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Report: Daniel Jones may have still been available at 30th pick of draft

Daniel Jones

The New York Giants are under the impression that they would have missed out on Duke quarterback Daniel Jones if they waited until the middle of the first round to draft him, but all signs continue to point to that not being the case.

On his podcast this week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said he was led to believe Jones still would have been available when the Giants made their second pick of the first round at No. 17. Not only that, but he thinks Jones still would have been around at No. 30, which is when New York traded up to get a third pick in the first round.

This story just keeps getting juicier and juicier. Giants general manager Dave Gettleman is convinced that there were at least two teams between pick No. 6 and 17 that would have taken Jones, but no one seems to be able to identify which teams those were. Washington executive Bruce Allen said the Redskins were taking Dwayne Haskins with the 15th pick no matter what, so that rules them out. The Denver Broncos were supposedly another team that was interested in Jones, but it sounds like Drew Lock was always the top quarterback on their draft board, and they got him in the second round.

Either way, the Giants feel Jones can be a franchise quarterback. It’s hard to blame Gettleman for not wanting to risk missing out on him, although the GM has been crucified in a number of ways for his approach.

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