The 2019 quarterback class got a boost Monday when Duke quarterback Daniel Jones officially declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Duke's Daniel Jones has informed Duke coach David Cutcliffe he is declaring for the NFL Draft. He's expected to be a first-round pick.— Stephen Wiseman (@stevewisemanNC) December 31, 2018
Draft analyst Dane Brugler confirmed that the advisory committee told Jones that several teams have first round grades on him.
As of now, Jones is the likely QB 1, at least until Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins declares for the draft.
With the Giants having to confront the future of their quarterback position, Jones might be a player to watch. Jones has prototypical size and the athleticism to evade pressure, navigate the backfield, and even threaten as a runner. He is also active in the presnap phase, has a quick delivery, and is generally accurate to all levels of the field.
He enters the draft coming off a terrific bowl game performance in which he lead Duke to a win. Jones overcame a first quarter ankle injury to throw five touchdowns and run in a sixth.
Jones could be a quarterback to watch for the Giants, and there are connections to be drawn. He was coached by David Cutcliffe and has a relationship with Eli Manning through their mutual coach and the Manning Passing Academy.