Daniel Jones

Duke

Prospect Info

College
Duke
Hometown
Class
NC
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
221 lbs
32 1/2”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.81
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
New York Giants
Giants
Round 1 ‧ Pick 6
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.81u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
120.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.0
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.41
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Coach David Cutcliffe has done an excellent job bringing Duke football back to relevance, but NFL scouts are most interested in the work he's done with Jones, helping the Charlotte native reach his potential as he did Peyton and Eli Manning while coaching at Tennessee and Ole Miss, respectively. Jones has a similar build to the Mannings but his superior athleticism was evident at Charlotte Latin High School, where he was a record-setting two-time all-state pick in football and a three-year basketball player. In fact, that athleticism runs in the family, as his brother plays basketball at Davidson and his sister played field hockey at that school, as well. Jones stepped into the spotlight at Duke as a redshirt freshman in 2016, starting all 12 games. The team's Most Valuable Player completed 63.8 percent of his throws for 2,836 yards, 16 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while also producing with his feet (141-486-3.5, seven TD). His numbers dipped a bit in his sophomore campaign (257-453-56.7, 2,691 yards, 14 TD, 11 INT, 161-518-3.2, seven TD), but he finished on a strong note by earning Quick Lane Bowl MVP honors (27-40, 252 yards, two TD) in his team's win over Northern Illinois. Jones started 11 games in 2018, missing two with a broken clavicle. He completed 60.5 percent of his passes (237-392) for 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns, and nine interceptions on the year while rushing for 319 yards and three scores. He again starred in the team's bowl game, throwing for 423 yards and five touchdowns (with two interceptions) in their win over Temple.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 1-2
NFL Comparison
Ryan Tannehill
Overview
Three-year starter who operates with a rare level of quality mechanics coming from the college game. Jones doesn't have special arm talent, but he can make pro throws and has the ability to attack deep with accuracy. He completed just 59.9 percent of his career passes, but his receivers -- who dropped 38 passes this year alone -- really struggled to get open at times. Jones has good football IQ and is relatively mobile, but he appears to be more of a game manager than "franchise" talent. He's more of a Day 2 draft pick than Day 1.
Strengths
  • Benefitted working under QB guru David Cutcliffe at Duke
  • Did more with less at skill positions
  • Quick worker through progressions
  • Early recognition of deep ball opportunities and feathers throws into the target
  • Adjusts pre-snap plan to blitz and exploits hot-read opportunities
  • Consistent footwork from pocket with feet following eyes
  • Outstanding accuracy on intermediate throws
  • Uses fastball when he needs it, but generally throws with touch
  • Drives field-side throws with velocity
  • Courage to hang in the pocket and throw despite impending blow
  • Completion percentage hurt by high drop rate
  • Displays feel for pressure off the edge
  • Good athlete with scrambling ability to move the chains
  • Slick pocket slider with ability to keep searching for target or flee for yardage
Weaknesses
  • Thin in his lower body
  • Had 12 passes batted down at line of scrimmage in 2018
  • Benefitted from heavy play-action/RPO scheme
  • Incessant patting of the ball through progressions
  • Waits an extra step before cutting it loose too often
  • Average release speed slowed by small windup
  • Attempts throws into some impossible windows
  • Needs to work ahead of schedule more often on next level
  • Succumbs to off-platform tosses rather than working into better positioning
  • Showed willingness to throw it up for grabs rather than take sack
  • Loose ball handling in face of pressure leads to fumbles
  • Too much bravado as a runner
  • Took licks when slides or dashes out of bounds were options
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league