Round 1, No. 6 overall: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
My take: It’s bold. No doubt about that. General manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur just put their reputations and fates on the line with Jones. It’s a risky pick. There were mixed reviews on Jones as a prospect. Some thought he had just enough physically and everything mentally to be a franchise quarterback. Others just don’t see it with Jones’ “pedestrian talent” as one scout described the No. 6 overall pick. Only time will tell if Gettleman and Shurmur were right.
No waiting: It’s hard to critique the philosophy. The Giants were in love with Jones and went and got their quarterback. No hesitation. They didn’t want to risk losing out by waiting to see if he was there at pick No. 17. Jones has some similarities to Eli Manning. If he ends with anywhere near the same career, the Giants and their fans will be happy.
Passing on Josh Allen: The Giants loved the Kentucky outside linebacker. He likely would have been the selection had they not gone for Jones. Allen went with the very next pick — No. 7 overall — to the Jacksonville Jaguars. It will be a move that is questioned for quite some time with draft analysts and fans working on the belief that Jones was overdrafted.
What’s next: The Giants have another first-round pick at No. 17 overall. They need to start addressing their defense. They need playmakers everywhere, specifically pass-rushers. The first round is a good place to begin addressing those needs.