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Jones already is in a devil of a situation

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The New York Giants wanted to draft a quarterback who had faced adversity, and now it's clear why.

Daniel Jones is being tested already.

The Giants made the Duke quarterback the sixth pick in the NFL draft, and the grumbling is already underway, with lots of fans upset the franchise passed on Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins and Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen -- incidentally, both from New Jersey -- to take Jones.

Viral footage shot at a draft party in MetLife Stadium on Thursday night shows the pick being announced on the video board followed by boos and wails of "Oh no!" and "Oh my God!" Some fans clasp their hands to their heads in utter frustration.

In a sense, Jones caused almost as much of a stir as Arizona did by using the top pick on Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, although the latter led to the Cardinals shipping Josh Rosen to Miami.

There weren't many fans taking a wait-and-see approach to Jones.

 

"Not shocking," former New York Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason texted when asked about the booing. "(Giants general manager Dave) Gettleman has said it takes a special guy to play QB in NY. Now, dealing with the negativity he's dealing with now will be (Jones') first test to see if he has those special intangibles Gettleman so desires."

It's hardly the first time someone has panned a draft pick. Jets fans do that every year. And 20 years ago, Philadelphia fans famously booed the selection of quarterback Donovan McNabb, who went on to become the best quarterback in Eagles history (with apologies to Super Bowl-winning Nick Foles). Eagles fans haven't collectively booed a pick since.

As for Jones, he's a polite and poised young man with impressive passing skills, but ones closer to dink and dunk than shock and awe. He averaged 6.4 yards per pass attempt in college, and Lindy's Pro Football Draft Guide compared him to NFL journeyman Josh McCown, a third-round pick in 2002. The Giants weren't alone in liking Jones better than Haskins, however, and scouting quarterbacks is unquestionably an inexact science.

At this point, the plan calls for Jones to learn behind starter Eli Manning. That's fitting because Jones was a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy and played for David Cutcliffe at Duke, who coached Manning at Mississippi (as well as Peyton Manning at Tennessee).

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