Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin blasts the Giants for drafting Daniel Jones
“Game of Thrones” creator George R.R. Martin isn’t pleased with the New York Giants’ selection of Duke Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Martin is a huge fan of the New York sports teams. He voiced his displeasure over the Giants picking Jones at No. 6 over Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins on his official website (via TMZ Sports) on April 26.
“Daniel Jones from Duke at No. 6? Yes, they need a young quarterback to groom as Eli’s (Manning) successor. But Dwayne Haskins was right there. Why not him?
By every measurable, Haskins is way better than Jones. Jones threw 52 TDs in three years at Duke, Haskins threw 50 in one year at Ohio State. With fewer interceptions. Against much tougher opposition.
Right now, the team looks a lot weaker than the one that entered the 2018 season, and that squad finished 5-11.”
'Game of Thrones' mastermind lashes out about New York Giants draft pick. https://t.co/WmQA2aU5QZ
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Martin isn’t alone in his assessment. Many Giants fans were dismayed with general manager Dave Gettleman’s selection of Jones.
For his part, NBC Sports’ Peter King liked the idea of Gettleman selecting Kentucky Wildcats pass rusher Josh Allen at No. 6. Jones could’ve been New York’s second selection in the first round at No. 17. That way, the Giants would’ve landed a first-rate defender and a solid – not great – quarterback.
Gettleman told King he “agonized” over that scenario. Instead, the Giants general manager believes “you don’t fool around with a quarterback. If he’s your guy, you take him.”
Dave Gettleman on the drafting of Daniel Jones with the 6th pick…
"I had a sports writer ask me about waiting till pick 17. I asked him "you've been married a long time, did you wait for your wife to come to you?"
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— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) April 29, 2019
Gettleman went for the jugular. He has Jones. On the other hand, the Jacksonville Jaguars made Allen the seventh overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Will Martin’s prediction of a weaker Giants team come true? From all indications, it looks like it will. You have to give him credit, though: not only is he a great writer, but he’s also a solid football analyst.