The Draft is in the books and the dust has settled. But how well did your team do in the first round?
We are taking a look back at every selection in the first round and giving you the lowdown on the pick; Was it a reach? Was it a steal? We’ll tell you and give you the impact for fantasy football….
Pick: 6th overall
Player: Daniel Jones
Draft by: The New York Football Giants
Where to begin?
Going back to 2018, the Giants passed on the nice QB class to select a running back. Not exactly, team building 101.
Look, Saquon is an awesome player but positional value means that a potential franchise QB always beats, well pretty much anything.
Now we fast forward to this years’ draft and the Giants are picking 6th overall, because you know, they were not a good at football last season. Now they need a QB because one of the reasons they were not good at football is because Eli Manning is washed up. I’m not going to sugar coat it. He is bad. Giants fans can talk about Superbowls all they want… this isn’t that Eli Manning and there’s an argument that he wasn’t all that anyway… but that’s another article altogether.
So yes, the Giants needed to draft a quarterback, they probably needed to draft one early but this was not the draft to do it. To me, Daniel Jones is a 3rd round QB and I know there’s a quarterback tax and he was always going to go earlier than that but man, they could have waited til the 17th pick at least! No one was going to take him before then.
Anyway, I can hear the Giants fans reading this willing me to stop talking about Dave Gettleman’s roster and draft mismanagement…
So how about Jones as a player regardless of when he was picked?
Well, as I said, he’s a 3rd round, developmental QB who played football at a basketball school.
The Duke offense is super basic, with Jones only really having to make one read for most of the plays he ran. If his first read isn’t there, he has a second option but after that, if they’re both covered up, it’s freelance and/or prayer time. This, to me, says he’s going to take some time to adjust to pro-style offensive and QB concepts, so you don’t want to see him under center any time soon…
Oh and that’s another thing… Jones rarely, if ever, took a snap from under center. Another aspect of his game that’ll need some development in the pros.
What’s Jones actually good at then? I hear you all ask. Well, in a quick hitting, west coast style or similar offense, with quick throws and in future, quick drops Jones should look fairly comfortable and is pretty accurate when doing the short and intermediate stuff and therefore can certainly move the chains.
Jones is also a pretty good athlete who is capable of gaining yards with his legs. I mean, we’re not talking about Michael Vick here but I am trying to be positive.
Then again, they could have had Josh Rosen and a good player at 6, so screw positivity. Good luck Giants fans.
Fantasy Football Impact:
In year one, for your redraft leagues, Jones’ fantasy impact is probably going to be minimal. Even though he was selected in the top 10, Jones isn’t going to start the season as QB1 in New York. So if you’re drafting Jones, you’re either doing it on a projection or hoping that Eli Manning and the Giants are going to be bad and Eli is benched in favour of the rookie and the Jones era begins.
In dynasty formats, you could draft and stash Jones until he’s the full time starter in New York, whenever that may be. You’re not going to be starting him anytime soon so you can afford to see if anything comes of Jones and if he develops into a decent player.