NFL Draft Analyst On Daniel Jones: "I Don't Love Him"

The Giants drafted Eli Manning's heir apparent Thursday, but it may have been a reach

Taz and the Moose
April 26, 2019 - 10:21 am
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The New York Giants drafted Eli Manning's heir apparent on Thursday, taking Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick.

That may have been a reach.

“I thought he was a second-round pick,” CBS Sports NFL insider Ryan Wilson said on Taz & The Moose. “I like him. I don’t love him. He doesn’t do anything that blows you away. If you’re taking a guy at No. 6, guess what? He better blow the doors off of it. I didn’t even like him at 17. If they had somehow landed him at 37, that’s fine. If not, you roll with Eli Manning, which is what you said you wanted to do anyway.”

Many Giants fans weren’t happy with the pick.

"Fans are apoplectic as soon as the pick comes down,” Wilson said, “so he’s going to have that added pressure. He has the pressure of playing in New York, and maybe this is a situation with Eli Manning where he sits for four or five games. But the team still has a ton of holes to fill. They didn’t get an offensive lineman on the right side, which they need. They didn’t get any edge help, which they need. So there are questions there.”

The Giants followed up with Clemson defensive tackle prospect Dexter Lawrence at No. 17 and Georgia cornerback DeAndre Baker at No. 30.

“I thought that was their best pick of the bunch,” Wilson said of Baker. “He’s a really good cornerback. A little undersized, he didn’t run great at the Combine – but you watch him play at Georgia, and he is lights out.”

Lawrence, meanwhile, was a dominant run-stuffer at Clemson.

“Great player,” Wilson said, “but guess who they gave away to get that 17th pick? Odell Beckham. On what planet is anyone saying, ‘I’ll take Odell Beckham and you take Dexter Lawrence and Jabrill Peppers.’ That’s where they’re at.”

Click below to listen to Wilson’s interview in its entirety.