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Daniel "Don't call it a reach" Jones




Coach David Cutcliffe has done an excellent job bringing Duke football back to relevance, but NFL scouts are most interested in the work he's done with Jones, helping the Charlotte native reach his potential as he did Peyton and Eli Manning while coaching at Tennessee and Ole Miss, respectively. Jones has a similar build to the Mannings but his superior athleticism was evident at Charlotte Latin High School, where he was a record-setting two-time all-state pick in football and a three-year basketball player. In fact, that athleticism runs in the family, as his brother plays basketball at Davidson and his sister played field hockey at that school, as well. Jones stepped into the spotlight at Duke as a redshirt freshman in 2016, starting all 12 games. The team's Most Valuable Player completed 63.8 percent of his throws for 2,836 yards, 16 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while also producing with his feet (141-486-3.5, seven TD). His numbers dipped a bit in his sophomore campaign (257-453-56.7, 2,691 yards, 14 TD, 11 INT, 161-518-3.2, seven TD), but he finished on a strong note by earning Quick Lane Bowl MVP honors (27-40, 252 yards, two TD) in his team's win over Northern Illinois. Jones started 11 games in 2018, missing two with a broken clavicle. He completed 60.5 percent of his passes (237-392) for 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns, and nine interceptions on the year while rushing for 319 yards and three scores. He again starred in the team's bowl game, throwing for 423 yards and five touchdowns (with two interceptions) in their win over Temple.


Three-year starter who operates with a rare level of quality mechanics coming from the college game. Jones doesn't have special arm talent, but he can make pro throws and has the ability to attack deep with accuracy. He completed just 59.9 percent of his career passes, but his receivers -- who dropped 38 passes this year alone -- really struggled to get open at times. Jones has good football IQ and is relatively mobile, but he appears to be more of a game manager than "franchise" talent. He's more of a Day 2 draft pick than Day 1.
  • Benefitted working under QB guru David Cutcliffe at Duke
  • Did more with less at skill positions
  • Quick worker through progressions
  • Early recognition of deep ball opportunities and feathers throws into the target
  • Adjusts pre-snap plan to blitz and exploits hot-read opportunities
  • Consistent footwork from pocket with feet following eyes
  • Outstanding accuracy on intermediate throws
  • Uses fastball when he needs it, but generally throws with touch
  • Drives field-side throws with velocity
  • Courage to hang in the pocket and throw despite impending blow
  • Completion percentage hurt by high drop rate
  • Displays feel for pressure off the edge
  • Good athlete with scrambling ability to move the chains
  • Slick pocket slider with ability to keep searching for target or flee for yardage
  • Thin in his lower body
  • Had 12 passes batted down at line of scrimmage in 2018
  • Benefitted from heavy play-action/RPO scheme
  • Incessant patting of the ball through progressions
  • Waits an extra step before cutting it loose too often
  • Average release speed slowed by small windup
  • Attempts throws into some impossible windows
  • Needs to work ahead of schedule more often on next level
  • Succumbs to off-platform tosses rather than working into better positioning
  • Showed willingness to throw it up for grabs rather than take sack
  • Loose ball handling in face of pressure leads to fumbles
  • Too much bravado as a runner
  • Took licks when slides or dashes out of bounds were options




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While Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins have been the most talked-about quarterbacks leading up to Thursday's NFL draft, Duke's Daniel Jones could wind up being a top-10 pick.

In fact, the Blue Devils star may not fall past the New York Giants at No. 6.

"That's their guy," an NFL source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Wednesday. "They love him and they have for a while. I can't imagine they'll wait until 17. He's not likely to last that long."

New York owns two first-round picks—Nos. 6 and 17.

With 38-year-old Eli Manning entering the final season of his contract in 2019, the Giants may be in the market to draft his potential successor after they passed on the opportunity with the second overall pick last year. However, general manager Dave Gettleman recently made it clear that the team will be looking to draft the best available player, regardless of whether he's a quarterback.

Per Giants.com's Michael Eisen:

"I won't force a pick. You can't draft for need. You will get screwed every time and make a mistake. ...

"The priority is to select the best players. Last year, we could not pass up on Saquon [barkley]. He was the best player in the draft. You can't do that. We have had this conversation before. Eli is closer to 40 than he is to 25. We can do that math. At the end of the day, we are going to take the best players."

While he may have been overlooked while playing college ball in Durham, Jones is coming off his best performance to date. He completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a redshirt junior for the Blue Devils.

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He was born and raised in North Carolina

Jones was born in Charlotte and played at Charlotte Latin High School.

He originally committed to Princeton University, but chose to stay closer to home after receiving an offer from Duke.

NFL Draft: NY Giants fans take to Twitter to react Daniel Jones pick

Same coach as the Manning brothers

Jones' college coach at Duke was David Cutcliffe, who has quite the track record of producing quality quarterbacks.

Cutcliffe was Peyton Manning's offensive coordinator at Tennessee and Eli Manning's head coach at Mississippi.

Cutcliffe also coached four other quarterbacks who played in the NFL – Heath Shuler, Erik Ainge, Thaddeus Lewis and Sean Renfree – as well as Todd Helton, who had a long baseball career with the Colorado Rockies.

Putting up big numbers

Jones threw 52 touchdowns in college, which ranked No. 3 on Duke's all-time list. He did that in just three seasons, while both of the top two on the list – Thaddeus Lewis (67 TDs) and Ben Bennett (55 TDs) – played four seasons for the Blue Devils.

Jones also threw for 8,201 career yards in college, which ranks No. 5 on Duke's all-time list behind four players who payed four seasons for the Blue Devils.

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Daniel Jones Scouting Report

By Charlie Campbell


  • Above-average accuracy
  • Can throw a fastball into tight windows
  • Good height
  • Able to loft in touch passes
  • Throws a very catchable ball
  • Stands tall in the pocket despite the rush
  • Good field vision at times
  • Moves his eyes
  • Works through his progression
  • Can throw receivers open
  • Can push the ball downfield
  • Throws a good deep ball
  • Has more mobility than many realize
  • Can buy time or pick up yards on the ground
  • Good size for a NFL starting quarterback
  • Intelligent
  • Shows the ability to read defenses
  • Knows where his receivers are on each play
  • Upside


  • Will throw into coverage that he shouldn't
  • Needs to improve timing
  • Holds the ball too long
  • Could shorten his delivery
  • Broken collarbone in 2018
  • Summary: Duke's head coach, David Cutcliffe, is one of the most valued and respected quarterback gurus in football. He was the coaching mentor to both Peyton and Eli Manning, and at Duke, Cutcliffe provided Jones very good preparation for the NFL over his three years as the Blue Devils' starting quarterback.


    As a freshman, Jones connected on 63 percent of his passes for 2,836 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In 2017, he completed 56 percent of his passes for 2,439 yards with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Jones had his best season in 2018, despite dealing with some injuries. He completed 61 percent of his passes on the year for 2,674 yards with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Many around the league thought Jones would return for his redshirt senior year, but he decided to jump to the next level and declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.


    There is a lot to like about Jones, and he has the potential to be a franchise quarterback with his ability to be a pro-style pocket passer. Jones has a strong arm and can really spin the ball. That was clearly seen by area scouts and the rest of the league at the Senior Bowl. Jones has the ability to make all the throws needed for the NFL. He can loft in touch passes downfield and throw some fastballs into tight windows. Jones is very good at putting air underneath his touch passes to drop them in the bucket and throws a very catchable ball.


    Jones has been well prepared for the NFL, as he is an intelligent signal-caller. In speaking to one NFC general manager, they really liked how Jones knew where all of his receivers would be and was able to move to them when he had to throw under duress. Jones has quality field vision and works beyond his primary read. He does a decent job of dissecting the coverage the defense is employing, and is able to manipulate coverage with his eyes.


    In the face of a rush, Jones stands tall and keeps his eyes downfield while the rush closes in on him. While Jones is not a dynamic runner for the NFL, he does move around pretty well and can pick up some yards on the ground while also being able to buy time through scrambling. Additionally, Jones can make some nice throws on the run. Given the speed of pro defenders, Jones is not a true rushing threat, but he can be functional enough to dodge some sacks and pick up some yards on the ground when nothing is open downfield.


    As a passer, Jones does have things to work on for the NFL. He can hold the ball too long and not pull the trigger fast enough. With the speed of pro defenses, Jones has to be more decisive and get the ball out faster when he has an open receiver. Jones' timing should improve with more experience and coaching. There were also too many times when Jones would force some throws into coverage. He can trust his arm too much and sometimes throws passes that he shouldn't. It also wouldn't hurt Jones to shorten his delivery, which will help him to be effective for the faster pro game with its smaller windows of time to complete passes. It would also help him by reducing the time for pass-rushers to get to him.


    For the 2019 NFL Draft, Jones looks like a consensus first-round pick from speaking with team sources. He could become a franchise quarterback and be a good pro starter. Three general managers told me they thought that Jones would rise in the leadup to the draft and be the first quarterback taken. Regardless of if he is the initial signal-caller to go off the board, Jones should be a top-20 pick.




    Player Comparison: Eli Manning. Jones has the look of a Manning with his strong arm, pocket presence, field vision, and passing polish. In terms of his flaws, Jones is more similar to Eli Manning than Peyton Manning.


    NFL Matches: New York Giants, Jacksonville, Denver, Cincinnati, Miami, Washington, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles Chargers, New England


    Obviously, free agency will have a big impact on the quarterback market because some teams will acquire veterans and won't consider taking a signal-caller with a first-round pick. The first quarterback-needy team selecting in Round 1 is the New York Giants. They have an aging and declining Eli Manning, but passed on a potential franchise quarterback last year. They can't continue doing that. Jones could be their quarterback of the future.


    The Jaguars could move on from the inept Blake Bortles and get a new franchise quarterback this offseason. With the seventh-overall pick, they could take a trigger man if they don't add a veteran starter in free agency.


    Denver needs a quarterback of the future due to Case Keenum just being a stop-gap veteran. Jones' arm and pocket passing could intrigue John Elway.


    Cincinnati could decide to move on from Andy Dalton with its new head coach. Ditto for Miami with Ryan Tannehill. Thus, Jones could go in the early teens to the Bengals or the Dolphins.


    The Redskins could consider taking a quarterback in the first round because Alex Smith may miss the 2019 season due to his leg injury. Even if he comes back, he is aging and limited, so Washington could select a quarterback on the opening night of the 2019 NFL Draft.


    The Steelers, Chargers and Patriots are all teams that could consider a quarterback as their aging signal-callers have a limited number of years left.





    Read more at http://walterfootball.com/scoutingreport2019danieljones.php#Jivq7bzqGf5XLhro.99

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What the fuck happened to "best player available?" Remember when that was a thing?

It seems the Giants coaching and front office was in love with Jones... they spend a fuck ton of time scouting these kids and I doubt any of us watched more than a down of Duke football in the past 3 seasons.


Do I love the pick at 6? No... but Im on team Jones now!

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It seems the Giants coaching and front office was in love with Jones... they spend a fuck ton of time scouting these kids and I doubt any of us watched more than a down of Duke football in the past 3 seasons.


Do I love the pick at 6? No... but Im on team Jones now!

I watched half of a YouTube video.

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