NFL Analyst: Jones Is A Second- Or Third-Round Pick

Daniel Jones has upside, Chris Trapasso said, but he should not have been the sixth pick in the draft

Taz and the Moose
April 29, 2019 - 10:48 am
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The New York Giants appointed Daniel Jones as Eli Manning’s heir apparent, but many in the NFL world found that decision, well, questionable.

“I didn’t think they should have picked Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall,” CBS Sports NFL Draft writer Chris Trapasso said on Taz & The Moose. “I like Daniel Jones as a second- or third-round pick that has upside. I think we normally view upside as a guy that has a ton of natural talent, but he’s not refined in the quarterback skills. I kind of view it the other way. I think you can build arm strength and anything on the physical side at the NFL level. But if you’re not accurate, if you’re not good inside the pocket moving away from pressure, you’re probably never going to learn that at the NFL level.”

Jones completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season. He was 24-of-43 with 158 yards in a 35-6 loss at Clemson last November.

“Jones does not have a big arm,” Trapasso said. “He can throw the ball into precarious situations while off-balance under pressure at times, but he gets through his reads quickly, he’s pretty accurate in the short-to-intermediate levels, and he was well-coached by David Cutcliffe at Duke. So, No. 6 overall? I don’t think that’s where he should have been selected. But if they do want to wait at least a year – I don’t know about three years like Dave Gettleman said – but wait a year behind Eli Manning, I think that’s the best situation for him.”

The Giants’ best draft pick, Trapasso said, was likely Georgia’s DeAndre Baker at No. 30. Trapasso had Baker as the second-best cornerback in the draft.

“I think he can do everything,” Trapasso said. “He can play man, he can play zone, he’s got great ball skills, he’s good in press – and they needed that. He was someone that I thought could go in the top half of the first round, and to get him at No. 30 overall with their third first-round pick was a great steal for the Giants.”

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