Report: Giants feared Broncos or Redskins would take Daniel Jones before No. 17 pick
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman delivered a huge surprise on the first night of the NFL draft with his decision to grab quarterback Daniel Jones at No. 6.
Gettleman received a lot of grief for that pick as critics wondered why he didn’t just wait to take Jones at No. 17 so he could use the No. 6 pick to take edge rusher Josh Allen.
But the Giants GM defended his decision by saying he knew “for a fact” that there were two teams that would’ve taken Jones before the Giants got to pick again at 17.
And according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, those two teams were the Redskins and the Broncos.
Why didn't Dave Gettleman wait until 17 to take Daniel Jones?
"I know for a fact there were tei teams that would've taken him in front of 17,” he said. “I know that for a fact"
(The two teams, according to NFL sources: The Redskins and Broncos)pic.twitter.com/IFa9JAXT07
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) April 28, 2019
To be fair to Gettleman, those two teams eventually did end up drafting quarterbacks. The Redskins picked Dwayne Haskins at No. 15, while the Broncos traded up get Drew Lock in the second round.
Although, no one knows for certain if Jones was really as high on those teams’ draft boards compared to the other quarterbacks as Gettleman suggests. But the Giants GM was certainly under that impression and was sufficiently sold on Jones’ ability to take him at No. 6.
While Gettleman is getting criticized now for picking Jones so high, it’ll all be forgotten if the Duke product can grow into the next franchise quarterback that Gettleman believes he can be.
But as the Giants GM has hinted at recently, Jones could potentially sit behind Eli Manning for the next few seasons in order to develop. And if that is indeed the case, then it could be some time before Gettleman’s decision to take Jones at No. 6 can be evaluated properly.