The Giants could be planning to select a quarterback early in the 2019 NFL Draft.
New York is considering taking Duke’s Daniel Jones in the first round, according to a report from SNY, which cites unidentified league sources. The Giants hold the No. 6 and No. 17 overall picks.
One source told SNY:
“(Jones) is their guy. They love him and they have for a while. I can’t imagine they’ll wait until 17. He’s not likely to last that long.”
Jones completed 60.5 percent of his passes and threw for 22 touchdowns, along with nine interceptions, for the Blue Devils last season. Giants general manager Dave Gettleman recently told ESPN the team’s “priority is to select the best players.”
“I’m not going to force a pick,” Gettleman said. “You can’t draft for need. … You’ll make a mistake.”
Longtime New York starter Eli Manning said earlier this month he’s expecting the team to pick a quarterback.
“I have always felt that in the quarterback room I have always had a great relationship with everyone,” Manning told reporters. “All the QBs, we have drafted quarterbacks and have had young quarterbacks in there. I enjoy talking football and enjoy talking ball. Giving tips on coverages, protections, concepts, everyone is trying to help each other.
“I have enjoyed putting in the extra effort and the work. Getting everyone comfortable and up to speed. Help young guys trying to learn a new offense.”
Manning was inconsistent in 2018 as the Giants missed the playoffs for a second straight year. He completed 66 percent of his passes and threw for 21 touchdowns, along with 11 interceptions, in 16 games.
“I can see the Giants getting a young quarterback,” Manning said. “I understand that. I still have to do my job. I will do my part. Same as last year. Go out there, play quarterback, win football games. That is what I am trying to do.”
Jones is ranked 35th in Sporting News’ latest NFL Draft big board.