Giants Reach for QB Daniel Jones at No. 6 in NFL Draft Surprise

April 25, 2019 - 9:32 pm

NEW YORK (WFAN) -- Eli Manning's clear successor is now on the New York Giants' roster.

In a surprising move, Big Blue selected Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

In 11 games for Duke in 2018, Jones completed 60.5 percent of his passes while amassing 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In his three seasons starting for Duke, the 6-foot-5 quarterback passed for at least 2,670 yards while running for at least 315 yards and three touchdowns every year.

Jones is an accurate passer with a strong arm, evidenced by his solid performance at the 2019 Senior Bowl. He has proven to have a good pocket presence, keeping his feet moving and eyes downfield even with pressure mounting around him. He needs to work on getting the ball out of his hands quicker, but Jones has a high football IQ, which should help him in the NFL.

The Giants have said they're committed to starting the season with Manning, but the two-time Super Bowl MVP is 38 years old and Big Blue have gone just 8-23 with him under center the past two seasons.

Jones and Manning have some common threads. Both played for coach David Cutcliffe, the former Ole Miss coach who is now at Duke. Cutcliffe was also Peyton Manning's offensive coordinator at Tennessee. And Jones has participated in the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana.

The Giants also picked at No. 17 and No. 30, adding former Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and former Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker. Follow here for live Giants draft coverage.