SCHOOL: Duke - HEIGHT: 6052
WEIGHT: 212 - ARM: 32 1/4
HAND: 9 3/4 - WINGSPAN: 78 1/4
40 Yd Dash: n/a - Bench: n/a - Vert: n/a - Broad: n/a - 3 Cone: n/a - 20 Yd Shuttle: n/a
GRADE- 6.76 - 2019 Rank: #44
THE PLAYER- Daniel Jones was a two sport athlete in high school as he excelled on the football field and on the basketball court. He was a three year starter at Duke where he passed for 8,201 yards, 52 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. Jones had the good fortune of being tutored by Coach David Cutcliffe who was mentor to both Peyton and Eli Manning. Jones led Duke to back to back bowl games in 2017 and 2018.
STRENGTHS- Has desirable size and solid arm strength. Surprisingly tough runner with the football. Polished passer mechanically. Works progressions quickly. Has enough arm to drive the football outside the numbers. Climbs the pocket and has a good feel for outside pressure. Knows when to bullet a pass in or use touch to drop it in the bucket. Eyes rarely lock in on one receiver.
WEAKNESSES- Lacks a quick release. Has a windup on deep throws that allow defenders to close. Lacks anticipation on timing routes down the field. Will chuck it up when cornered. Lacks build to run consistently at the next level. When pressed he will force passes into double coverage. Will take punishment to gain yards unnecessarily. Will try to make impossible throws across his body. Less effective when teams get consistent pressure at converting in the red zone or third down.
THE VERDICT- Jones has received a lot of buzz since the end of the college season. While I like his game management ability, I do not share the same upside projection. He is a very polished passer at this point of his career. He does a lot of things right mechanically. However, he has some physical traits lacking that he cannot make up for. He doesn't have the elite arm strength some of the passers in this class have. He can process information quickly to get through his progressions, but he does not always make the right decision with the football. He will extend plays instead of checking down. He will run for extra yardage and try to run through tackles as opposed to getting out of bounds. He will also try and force the ball between defenders know it isn't the right throw to move the sticks instead of moving on to another option. A major red flag is his touchdown to interception ratio. It is just under 2:1. He is not your throw the ball all over the yard quarterback. He needs a strong supporting cast to be successful. He cannot be the focal point of the offense. He can manage a ballgame, but he will not consistently beat defenses with his arm week after week..