EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Giants basic manager Dave Gettleman insists there have been at least two teams that intended to choose quarterback Daniel Jones if New York had waited till the 17th choose general in the very first round of Thursday night’s NFL draft.
The Giants, who had the sixth, 17th and 30th picks in the very first round, shockingly chosen Jones at No. six.
“I can say this to you guys ideal now. When we got in right here Thursday evening, the query was posed, ‘Why did not you wait till 17?'” Gettleman mentioned following the draft concluded Saturday evening. “Properly, I know for a truth there have been two teams that would have taken him in front of 17. I know that for a truth.
“So it is hard. It seriously is. It wasn’t straightforward for me to pass up Josh Allen,” he added, referring to the Kentucky linebacker who was chosen by the Jaguars at No. 7. “For me, my background, that was incredibly, incredibly hard. But I believe that substantially of Daniel Jones and his future as an NFL quarterback.”
Allen, the Kentucky edge rusher, was chosen seventh by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The only other quarterback taken in the very first round following No. six was Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, who was chosen with the 15th choose by the Washington Redskins.
League sources told ESPN that Washington would not have taken Jones if he have been readily available. The Denver Broncos, who drafted Missouri’s Drew Lock in the second round, also would not have taken Jones with their very first-round choose at No. 10 general, sources mentioned.
The other teams that could have been in the quarterback market place based on who was readily available have been the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. The Dolphins later traded for Josh Rosen. The Bengals took NC State’s Ryan Finley in the fourth round.
The Giants got their future franchise quarterback and the eventual successor to Eli Manning, and the intention Thursday was constantly to take him with the very first of their 3 very first-round picks. They chosen Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence 17th and traded into the bottom of the very first round to take Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker at No. 30.
“We have been going to make the choose at six and then go from there,” Gettleman mentioned. “I had no intention of moving up [from 17]. None.”
Jones threw for two,674 yards with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a junior final season. He rushed for 319 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Gettleman admittedly fell in enjoy with Jones’ tape. It was at the Senior Bowl that the deal was sealed, as Gettleman was convinced following seeing Jones play 3 series. He mentioned he saw “a specialist,” and at that point it was “complete-bloom enjoy.”
Giants fans have been stunned and booed the choice at the team’s draft celebration. Asked later that evening what he would say to fans who booed the choose, Gettleman mentioned, “In time, you are going to be incredibly pleased.”