Dexter Lawrence thinks new Giants’ teammate Daniel Jones is ‘really special’
The New York Giants have made two picks in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. With the No. 6 overall pick, the franchise chose Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Next, they decided to go out and draft Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence.
Following the selection of Lawrence, the former Clemson star opened up about the quarterback that the team is looking at to be the heir to Eli Manning under center. In a quote shared by Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, Lawrence shared that he thinks Jones is “really special.”
Dexter Lawrence on playing against QB Daniel Jones: "I think he's really special.''
— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) April 26, 2019
Jones rose up draft boards quickly throughout the draft process. There is no denying the potential that he has, but there are some that thought the Giants reached to draft him at No. 6. New York also could have had Dwayne Haskins, who many believe is the better option at quarterback.
During the 2018 season with Duke, Jones ended up completing 60.5 percent of his pass attempts for 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Those numbers certainly don’t scream “star” to the fans.
Standing in at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Jones has prototypical size for the quarterback position. He has seen people compare him to both Eli and Peyton Manning as well. Those comparisons certainly aren’t something to be ashamed of, although fans in New York aren’t huge fans of Eli right this second.
Lawrence and Jones are going to be asked to spearhead the Giants’ rebuild along with Saquon Barkley. They are quality players and the Giants should come away from this draft feeling very good about their haul.