Giants great Phil Simms claims ‘multiple teams’ were going to take Daniel Jones before 17th pick
The New York Giants were lambasted for taking Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick of the NFL Draft back in April, as the Giants also owned the 17th pick, and many felt that Jones would have still been available at that spot.
But former Giants quarterback Phil Simms says he knows Jones would have been scooped up by someone else had the Giants waited until No. 17:
“Just to dispel any myths — you’re probably the first person I’ll says this to. Daniel Jones, ‘Oh, they should have taken him later.’ He was not going to be there,” Simms told Stat Sports. “Everybody just trust me…. I know for a fact he would not have been there on the 17th pick that the Giants had.”
Simms added that just because writers and people on Twitter had Jones slotted at a certain pick does not mean that’s where he was actually going to go:
“It’s a quarterback. What are we going to argue ‘Oh, I had him slotted at No. 9.’ Who’s they? Oh, writers and [Twitter trolls],” Simms added. “Trust me, not one — multiple — teams were going to draft Daniel Jones before pick 17. I gave you a scoop. Nobody talks about it. I do, though.”
As for how well Jones fits the Giants? Simms thinks he is perfect:
“I think he’s a perfect fit for the Giants, the offense, the team, the culture here, everything about it. I think they knew what they were doing,” Simms said.
Jones is coming off of a junior campaign in which he threw for 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions while completing 60.5 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 131.7.