I am a firm believer in making sure young players have a fair shot in the league. I hate it when players are labeled a bust before they even have a chance to succeed. Take Josh Rosen for example. He played as well as a rookie could in Arizona and then was shipped out as soon as the Cardinals drafted Kyler Murray. He never got a fair shot in Miami and after getting cut this past offseason, he is on Tampa’s practice squad. In every situation, Rosen was never given the chance or opportunity to succeed. He was disposed rather than investing time in trying to develop the former 10th overall pick.
With that in mind, let’s shift to Daniel Jones. I thought Jones was poised for a breakout season and he would look worthy of the sixth overall pick. He has shown flashes of brilliance, but he has also shown reasons to be very concerned. The Giants are embarrassingly bad. They lost to a 49ers team that did not have Jimmy G, George Kittle, Raheem Mostert, Solomon Thomas, Nick Bosa, and Richard Sherman. They did not just lose, they lost 36-9. Daniel Jones is part of the reason they look so bad.
Daniel Jones offers a skill set at QB the Giants have not had in I do not know how long. He has the ability to extend plays with his legs and gain good yardage on the ground. When he has time in the pocket, he can make any throw look easy. Jones has a strong connection Darius Slayton and the two can take the top off a defense.
I do not know how many times I can say this, but Jones just cannot hang on to the football. The man is a walking turnover. Whether it be him making a dumb decision and throwing an interception or him putting the ball on the ground, he needs super glue on his hands. Granted, not all of this is his fault. His offensive line is a sieve and he rarely has a clean pocket to throw in. But with that, we are seeing too many turnovers when plays break down. Smart QBs like Russell Wilson or Pat Mahomes, know to either run when they get flushed out or they throw the ball away. They do not throw a jump ball back across the field hoping for a miracle.
What the Giants need is a QB who can win them games. Jones just seems like a guy who cannot put the team on his back and will them to victory.
Trevor Lawrence is the most hyped QB prospect since Andrew Luck and maybe even since Peyton. He was one of the highest (if not the highest) rated QB recruits ever. He has lost one game in his collegiate career and that was to Joe Burrow in the National Championship game last season. Lawrence will most certainly be the first QB off the board in next year’s draft and depending on who is drafting #1, should be the first overall pick. For his career, Lawrence has thrown 70 TDs, run for 13 more, and has an overall QB rating of 165.4. This is a transcendent talent that will be a successful QB in the NFL for a long time.
Right now, both New York teams are winless and have looked awful doing it. Both teams also have very young, but mediocre quarterback play. If either team earns the first pick, will they move on from Darnold or Jones?
If I am the Giants (or the Jets for that matter), I take Lawrence with the first overall pick. I know that contradicts what I said in the opening paragraph. I understand that I am hypocrite with this. Both Jones and Darnold have not really had the chance to succeed. Both have shown flashed of brilliance, but have not been given a fair chance to succeed. They both have terrible offensive lines so they are consistently under pressure. However, it is hard to pass on a talent like Lawrence. He can put the team on his back and will the Giants to victory. Normally, I would want to be patient with Jones, but Lawrence is too good to pass on.
-Pete Chatterton (@Pchat12)
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