“It’s Dwayne Haskins or bust” if the New York Giants want a quarterback at No. 6 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. That’s what highly-respected draft analyst Tony Pauline [draftanalyst.com] said during a visit to the ‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast.
“There’s no other quarterback that ranks with Haskins right now,” Pauline said. “I thought Daniel Jones entering the Senior Bowl had an opportunity to really boost his draft stock the way we’ve seen in the past with Senior Bowl quarterbacks such as Baker Mayfield, Carson Wentz, Philip Rivers ... I don’t think Daniel Jones did that.”
Here are some of the other things Pauline touched on:
- The No. 6 pick does not need to be a quarterback: “Not if there is a guy like Quinnen Williams, God forbid, falls into the Giants lap at No. 6 ... You want to fill needs, but if you continue to fill needs by taking sub-par players or players rated much lower than the ones who are available to you you look back with regret. Sometimes those players you passed on turn out to be absolute stars and you filled needs with a bunch of mediocre players.”
- You can’t judge a draft class immediately: “People get all crazy over the draft results after draft weekend is over, but all they amount to is names on a piece of paper. What happens is the coaching process and the development process really is as important if not more important than the players that you select ... it’s a matter of developing that talent.”
- On what to expect from 2018 supplemental draft pick Sam Beal: “Beal’s got a lot of physical talent, but he needs a lot of work on his game. He struggles making plays with his back to the ball, which is common place in a lot of college cornerbacks ... Beal’s a physical talent who’s really got to develop into the position.”
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