Gettleman: I know two teams would’ve taken Daniel Jones before No. 17

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The reaction to the Giants’ decision to draft quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick has not been terribly positive in the New York/New Jersey area.

Many of the detractors feel that General Manager Dave Gettleman should have taken edge rusher Josh Allen at No. 6 and then taken Jones at No. 17, which assumes that no one would have taken Jones before the Giants were on the clock for the second time in the first round. After the draft came to an end, Gettleman said that assumption was a faulty one.

“I know for a fact there were two teams who would have taken [Jones] before 17 … It wasn’t easy for me to pass up Josh Allen. It was very very difficult. But I think that much of Daniel Jones and his future as an NFL QB,” Gettleman said, via Tom Rock of Newsday.

Gettleman didn’t reveal how he knew or which teams were going to make Jones a first-round pick, but Washington took quarterback Dwayne Haskins at No. 15 and Jones could have been the player they preferred.

Now that the pick is made, it doesn’t matter all that much whether there were two teams, five teams or no teams that were interested in Jones. What matters is whether he plays well enough to make Gettleman look smart for eschewing conventional wisdom and making Jones his choice at the top of the draft.

76 responses to “Gettleman: I know two teams would’ve taken Daniel Jones before No. 17

  1. My boy Gettleman will be explaining what he has done to the Giants right up until the moment he is fired. There’s no rationale for what this guys does to football teams. His first try ended after taking a Panthers team that was 12-4 and followed it up w/7-8-1.

    So glad he’s now in NY where he can get the scrutiny he so richly deserves. If his intel told him teams were coveting Daniel Jones, he needs new intel operatives.

  2. You don’t need to explain. When you need a QB as badly as the Giants do, and you see a guy that looks like he could win super bowls, you don’t risk losing him. You can get 52 other positions right but if you don’t get the QB right, you can’t win. Gettleman was hired to win. All 32 teams passed Tom Brady at least 5 times. For those few out there that predicted Brady would win 6 super bowls, go ahead and criticize Gettleman. For the rest of us, we don’t have a clue. Daniel Jones had a better record than John Elway did in college. Elway was great in college even though his teams were usually inferior. He did ok in the NFL. How many out there even saw Jones play at Duke? crickets

  3. I watched 3 Duke games last year and had no idea this guy was even an NFL-caliber player, let alone top 10 material. If this guy pans out, I got to give it to the Giants. But I think the decision is mostly due to the Manning relationship, which is pretty weak reason. And why wouldn’t Eli endorse him? It keeps him on the field! Eli is no dummy. Can’t wait to see how this story plays out with Haskins being in DC and all. As of right now, this looks like a bad move all around for the G-Men.

  4. I think that poor man has lost his sanity at this point. If you made a pick that other people didn’t like but you think it’s the right one, own up to it. Don’t play the “well other people would have done it, I swear” game.

    Cleveland’s GM went against everyone’s beliefs last season with the #4 pick and straight up said my scouts and coaching staffs opinions trump whatever you thought we should have done. In the end Denzel Ward became a pro bowler. Having a GM that has to use other people to justify his decision making because his opinion isn’t credible means other people should probably have that job.

  5. Giants saddled with Eli see shadows everywhere – last year they took 6th rounder Lauletta early just because the media said Belichick would move up to the 5th rd to get him, and so Giants being desperate jumped up to take him in the 4th round.

  6. If a GM truly believes a certain player is going to become a legitimate franchise quarterback than you would have to be an idiot to not take that player with the pick you have. If Gettleman believes that guy will be elite then it makes more sense to try to trade up rather than hope he’s still there at 17.

  7. I saw Jones play a lot at Duke. I think he can be as good as Ben Roethlisberger. I wouldn’t wait around hoping nobody else saw what I saw. I’d be holding my breath hoping he makes it to #6.

  8. Jones would have been there in round three! Don’t justify your lack of common sense. Draft one guard in the seventh round when you need the entire OL? SMH!

  9. This is not the same Giants organization I grew up watching. They’ve regressed into the joke of the NFL. Nepotism, arrogance, stuck in the past, outdated, close-minded, incompetent are all great descriptions of this franchise. It was a bad draft. The hard-core loyal to a fault Giants fans can defend it as much as they want, the vast majority can call a bad draft when they see one. What’s the best thing that can be said about Jones? That he looks like Eli? That was he coached by Eli’s coach? I did not know that the future Giants QB needed to be an Eli clone, as if there haven’t been much more successful QB’s over the last 15 years than Eli. Jones is the definition of average. He is a Nathan Peterman clone, the difference was where these 2 were drafted. Jones is going to get a lot more leeway but Jones had 15 balls batted down at the line of scrimmage, is exceptional at overthrowing his targets, his arm is weak, he struggles throwing the ball to the outside and DB’s will eat him alive if his arm doesn’t get stronger. Pat Mahomes, Baker Mayfield, Deshaun Watson never took a snap from under center and did not run traditional pro-style offenses and have been successful in the NFL. Ok, so Jones can do the stuff before the snap that GM’s drool over, great for him but it didn’t actually make him a better QB after the snap. The #17 pick, was just as baffling as well. Dexter Lawrence is a 2-down player at the next level. In a league where teams are passing the ball 60-70% of the time, he isn’t valuable at #17 if he cannot get to the QB. A similar player to Lawrence, Danny Shelton, still hasn’t found a job this offseason. It’s not surprising though, Gettlemen is stuck in the past. He took Barkley over Sam Darnold, then went ahead and took the QB who “looks the part” and followed it up by picking a run-stuffer from the OBJ pick. I did not know this was 1999. 5-11 again next year. The Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins are just better. They have the better QB’s, the better offensive lines, better offensive weapons and better defensive lines.

  10. He wasn’t even good in college in a weak league. Things dont get easier in the NFL. He is lucky that it’s a nice place like new York with a patient fan base.

  11. Translation: two teams are now very happy they got the players they wanted because the Giants caused them to slip downward by taking Jones. “He believed us, can you believe it?”

  12. Haha so two teams told you their plans to take Jones? If they even did that i am sure it was to play into your fears. But the Duke and Cutcliffe connection was to much to pass up since you love the “Culture” Eli brings…

  13. Bill Parcells must be really sad to see his once mighty GIANTS in this poor shape.
    If OBJ is a top 3-4 WR in the league this year , then they let their best player walk
    I truly feel bad for Eli, bad situation, its not all on him.
    Hope he can finish out healthy n retire.
    Jets are the better team in NYC again, but the bar isn’t high.

  14. He’s counting the Giants as one team – and the Giants trading back up into the 1st round for a second first round pick as the second team. Lol.

  15. Qdog112 you have no idea what you’re talking about. The Panthers went 7-8-1 the year BEFORE Gettleman was hired. They went 12-4 in his first season, including the first of three NFC South championships and a super bowl appearance right after that. Let’s be honest, if Cam Newton didn’t stink they probably would’ve won the Superbowl with that defense/run game

  16. Listen,
    when the big tuna drafted Phil Sims out of Morehead state
    everyone said Phil WHO?? we all know how that turned out
    So you never know

  17. jet fan here…everyone was killin the giants because they didnt take a qb in 2018….everyone said the giants better get a qb in this year’s draft..they do & everyone is killin them for it…someone explain this to me..

  18. I know how great Barkley is but Gettleman screwed this up when he didn’t take Darnold last year. Jones will never see the field as a starter for the Giants or anybody else for that matter.

  19. So much arrogance in this statement. Not only is he saying that he knows exactly what is going on in other teams’ draft rooms, he’s saying that he is so good at concealing his intentions that neither of these two teams felt they needed to make any effort to get ahead of the Giants to ensure they could get Jones.

    Either that or he’s just lying. LOL.

  20. Its clear that IF any team really SERIOUSLY wanted to take Jones before 17…

    they would do everything possible NOT to let Gettleman know.

    The whole statement is ridiculous.

  21. Why do people act like they know anything about drafted players? Nobody’s become all-pros and blue chips fall flat, you don’t know until you know.

  22. Redskins acted like they wanted Jones but it was really Haskins they wanted all along. Dan Snyder is a genius!

  23. Let’s be honest, if Cam Newton didn’t stink they probably would’ve won the Superbowl with that defense/run game
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    Yeah, Cam’s 45 touchdowns (35 passing, 10 rushing) had nothing to do with the Panthers getting to the Super Bowl. He really stunk that year.

  24. You take Allen, and then trade back up high enough to grab Jones if you are that passionate. Wait till Allen runs roughshod over that awful O Line. Gonna be tough to watch.

  25. As a lifetime Giants fan, I can honestly say that I’m tired of hearing Gettleman talk.

    I think he is wearing out his welcome in NY at an alarming rate. Reese got 3 years before the fans started calling for his head. Gettleman just finished his second draft and it was brutal. Three first round picks and we got Meh…

    We never should have let that Edge rusher, or any one of those other great picks get past us at #6. We drafted a QB that would have been available in the early 2nd round.

    He might become an OK QB someday but we need contributors on day one. And we need a lot of them.

  26. “I know for a fact there were two teams who would have taken [Jones] before 17”.

    Gettleman, l know for a fact you were drinking the hard stuff often and early at the draft.

    It is Eli’s team this year anyway, so Jones better be a good little clipboard caddy this season.

  27. Total B.S. from a guy who will leave the Giants employ without ever getting them to a playoff game.

  28. Blake Bortles all over again.

    Gentleman’s the same guy that said he watched 3 series that Jones played and KNEW that was a pro QB and fell in love with him.

    SERIES, not even 3 games…

  29. Andrew Teal says:
    April 28, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Blake Bortles all over again.

    Gentleman’s the same guy that said he watched 3 series that Jones played and KNEW that was a pro QB and fell in love with him.

    SERIES, not even 3 games…

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    “I loved him on film,” Gettleman said. “I absolutely loved him. I loved everything about him. And then I went to the Senior Bowl and I watched him that week and I (had) decided to stay for the game. During the season, I had gone to see Dwayne (Haskins) at Ohio State, I had seen Kyler (Murray) and Will (Grier) play each other on that Friday night game (on) Thanksgiving weekend in West Virginia, so I had seen those two play each other. I saw Dwayne play in the Big (10) championship game in Indianapolis, so I’ve seen those three guys play and to me it’s really important to see quarterbacks play. Watching them on tape is one thing, seeing them in the environment is definitely, I think, very important. Saw Drew (Lock), Daniel, Jarrett Stidham, (Gardner) Minshew, (Trace) McSorley, all of these guys were at the Senior Bowl, so I decided to stay. I made up my mind that I was staying for the game and, frankly, he walked out there and I saw a professional quarterback after the three series that I watched, I saw a professional quarterback. I was in full bloom love.”

  30. Mickey-1 says:
    April 28, 2019 at 1:29 am
    Total B.S. from a guy who will leave the Giants employ without ever getting them to a playoff game.
    ________________________________________________________

    Most GM/HC will leave their teams without ever making the Playoffs!

  31. When you need a quarterback, you pick one. It is the most important position in football. A DE cannot take the team downfield to score a winning touchdown with less than 2 minutes left, no matter how good they are. He may be able to sack a quarterback who is trying to go on a winning drive, but even that is only good if it is 4th down and his team is ahead. The opposing quarterback can always pick up a first down on the next play even if he was sacked. A great pass rusher can help win the Super Bowl or multiple ones (e.g. Charles Haley), but the Giants are too far removed from the chance to win a Super Bowl to take a pass rusher.

  32. A LOT of these so called “Experts” also said the Chiefs took Mahomes way too early a few years ago..It comes down to how well the player does compared to where he was taken..Only time will tell if this was a smart move or not.

  33. bigcid10 says:
    April 27, 2019 at 8:49 pm
    Listen,
    when the big tuna drafted Phil Sims out of Morehead state
    everyone said Phil WHO?? we all know how that turned out
    So you never know
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    Parcells was not on the Giants staff when Simms was drafted in 1979.

  34. 10feethigher says:
    April 27, 2019 at 8:30 pm
    Qdog112 you have no idea what you’re talking about. The Panthers went 7-8-1 the year BEFORE Gettleman was hired. They went 12-4 in his first season, including the first of three NFC South championships and a super bowl appearance right after that. Let’s be honest, if Cam Newton didn’t stink they probably would’ve won the Superbowl with that defense/run game
    ————————————

    You and Qdog112 are both wrong. The 7-8-1 season was Gettleman’s second year. They went 7-9 the year before he was hired, 12-4 in his first year, 7-8-1 in year 2, and the 15-1 Super Bowl season was Year 3.

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