Daniel Jones! As Duke fans, we knew of the talent he possessed and knew he would do well in the NFL (as well as impress the NFL scouts), but at least I never saw this coming! The Duke graduate and former quarterback was selected by the New York Giants as the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. It’s by far the highest a Duke product has gone since the ’80s.
We can all see, though, why New York wanted him: he is quite literally another Eli Manning. He was coached by David Cutcliffe, has a similar build, and is intelligent about the game. He’s incredibly tough; just about every season in the last 6+ years has been marred by an injury. He went unnoticed by colleges at first because of a wrist injury in high school. He was then, in his freshman season, suddenly thrust into the starting spot by not his own injury but that of Thomas Sirk, a rough season for the freshman, though understandably. Year before last he was injured throughout the season, especially in the stretch in which we lost six games in a row, but carried on through. Last year, he broke his collarbone against Northwestern but returned merely two weeks later. That’s a lot of injuries and yet Jones still emerged as one of the top prospects in the draft; everybody points to the numbers that would suggest that other quarterbacks are more skilled but there’s much more to the story.
New York is a rough place to be, and a lot of fans already disagree with general manager Dave Gettleman’s decision to pass on Josh Allen in order to get Jones instead of taking the quarterback at 17 (where he was likely to still remain). Jones may take a lot of heat before he steps on the field in a Giants uniform, but Duke fans know that Daniel Jones will not disappoint. I believe that he is a reliable future for a struggling franchise (though I’m terribly biased), and I hope others will join me soon. In the meantime, we wish Daniel the best of luck in the big leagues.
Duke Football is left with something of a void after Jones’ departure, as well as those of Joe Giles-Harris and Ben Humphreys. However, we’ve learned not to count out Coach Cutcliffe. Bleed blue.