New York Giants Roundtable: Revisiting Daniel Jones draft selection a year later

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Zachary Bachar

I think that the Giants made the right move by picking Daniel Jones, but they could have waited a bit longer to select him. It seemed like the Giants were one of the only teams that valued Jones over Dwayne Haskins. The Redskins would have likely still picked Haskins 15th overall. That way, the Giants could have used their 17th overall pick on Jones.

By picking the Duke star at six, they passed on a few top defenders that may come back to haunt them. Defensive end Josh Allen recorded 10.5 sacks as a rookie for the Jaguars. Defensive tackle Ed Oliver recorded 5 sacks while anchoring a playoff defense for the Bills. Finally, athletic middle linebacker Devin White showed star potential on a tough Steelers defense.

Steve Sanin

The Giants could have addressed two big needs in the 2019 draft. They have lacked depth at linebacker for years. Selecting Kentucky’s Josh Allen in the sixth spot would have been a great first pick to help transform the defense. Dave Gettleman has made it crystal clear since draft day that Jones was his target at six. But he could’ve taken that shot with the number 17 pick that was eventually used on Dexter Lawrence.

Dwayne Haskins would have made for an excellent second choice pick if Washington decided to pick Jones in the 15th spot. With Haskins’ local roots in NJ, he would’ve had a hometown hero storyline perfectly set for the rebuilding Giants. This is one draft choice that will face questions for a long time if Daniel Jones does not live up to his general manager’s expectations.

Evan Desai

Knowing what I know now, the Giants did not make a bad decision in taking Daniel Jones with the 6th pick. But it wasn’t the best possible pick either, which Gettleman needs to be held accountable for. Danny Dimes looks like a franchise QB, and we saw plenty of glimpses of promise this season to feel that confidence.

It still is true, however, that Gettleman easily could have traded back in the draft and still taken him, and also acquire more picks in the trade to build the team with. Am I excited to move forward with Daniel Jones as my guy? Absolutely. Do I still have to be realistic and accept that we could have traded down and gotten DJ and more? Of course.