Weight: 220 lbs
Injury History: 2018: Broken Clavicle (Required Surgery - Missed 2 Weeks)
2018- UNC, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Virginia
Scout: Alexander Amir
Has more speed than quickness, but moves around the pocket with light feet and keeps his balance while rolling out. He makes particularly impressive small movements in the pocket for his size.
Hips could be looser when throwing the ball. When throwing on the run, seems to need extra effort to get velocity on the ball. Pretty fluid runner for his size though, and has enough shoulder flexibility to throw from different angles.
Can't stop on a dime like true running QBs can, but is deceptively elusive both in the pocket and on the run. Has good anticipation of where defenders are going to be.
Jones is deceptively fast, and while he is 100% a pass-first QB, he can definitely pick up yardage with his legs. He also had a monstrous 186 rushing yards against North Carolina this year, in which he outran defenders multiple times.
Pocket Mobility/Avoid Pressure: 7.00
Very good movement in the pocket and can extend plays with his feet. Comfortable stepping up into the pocket and delivering the ball with a lot going on around him. However, sometimes gets blindsided and doesn't feel the rush coming.
Passing Skills: 6.72
Quick Release/Mechanics: 6.50
Jones' release time is good enough for professional level of play. He keeps his hips and shoulders pointed to his target which helps his accuracy. He releases the ball a bit low, but his 6'5" frame prevents that from being a problem. He opens up his shoulders well on touch passes. His base gets narrow when throwing on the run
Delivery5.70Jones lacks velocity on the majority of his throws. He needs to engage his lower body more, step into the throw, and use more torque to get zip on the ball. He stays tall in the pocket which lets him keep the ball straight, but is too far upright to the point that his velocity is limited.
Short Accuracy: 6.90
He knows exactly where to put the ball within 10 yards so that the defender can't intercept it. However, his lack of velocity can lead to the ball being slightly behind the receiver, allowing the cornerback to get a finger on it.
Intermediate Accuracy: 6.80
Sees the middle of the field very well, and generally makes safer throws in that area. Has beautiful touch to receivers along the sidelines, and is able to thread it between defenders. Lack of velocity can inhibit his ability to throw bullets deeper down the field, and might be a problem at the next level.
Deep Accuracy: 7.70
Throws a gorgeous deep ball. The same touch he uses along the sidelines lets him drop it in to receivers in stride. Deep balls are sometimes a hair too far, but almost all balls hit both of the receiver's hands. Perfect trajectory and so consistent. Throws 60+ yards with ease.
Big Play Ability: 7.40
Always a threat to complete a deep ball. His ability to stand in the pocket lets plays develop and gives receivers more time to get open. Can extend plays with his legs and pick up yardage on the run.
Avoid Errors/Mistakes: 6.70
Often sees the best receiving target, but at times locks on to his #1 option. He is cautious for the most part, but challenges deep double coverage too much. Has learned how to slide, but still loves to take a hit. That might get him hurt at the next level.
Arm Strength: 6.00
Has enough strength and great trajectory to push the ball down field, but Jones' delivery limits his ability to put true zip on his passes. Even when he steps into his throws the ball has inconsistent velocity.
Light, bouncy feet, steps up in the pocket with good balance. Does a good job keeping his base while sidestepping the rush and moving around the pocket. When he rolls out, however, his footwork gets loopy and he doesn't have a strong base.
This dude is the definition of tough. He came back from a broken collarbone after just 2 weeks, and 9 days after getting surgery. He takes hits while making throws and likes to challenge defenders when he's on the run. His big body serves him well.
Jones leads by example, work ethic, and preparation. His wide receivers constantly drop passes and his offensive line is inconsistent, but Jones never seems perturbed. He's a true competitor and clearly does everything he can to win.
Poise In Pocket: 7.70
Great poise in pocket. Stays in the pocket as long as possible, constantly keeps eyes downfield. Always willing to take a hit if it means delivering the ball. Does a great job sidestepping pressure in small spaces.
Consistency / Motor: 7.50
Consistent strengths and weaknesses. Always plays with the same focus and intensity no matter the situation. Takes hits all game and gets right back up. Strong body helps durability. Could benefit from putting on 5-10 more pounds to keep him healthy.
Despite underwhelming receivers and a porous offensive line, Jones puts up solid numbers and has led his team to a 7-4 record. You know what you're gonna get from him,. He's not going to put up worldly numbers, but he is a strong, solid starter.
Improvisational Ability: 6.20
Can extend plays and pick up yardage with his legs. He can make some throws on the run, but inconsistently. His footwork gets off when he rolls out and his accuracy suffers.
Has a good sense of space around him in the pocket but doesn't always feel rushers coming. His internal clock could be a tiny bit faster. Good feel for where defenders are relative to his receivers.
Blitz/Coverage Recognition: 7.40
Very good understanding of what the defense gives him. Generally identifies the right target and diagnoses the defense right from the start. Can hold defenders with his eyes and does so immediately, indicating his knowledge of the coverage.
Decision Making: 6.80
Generally chooses the right receiver to throw to. Stays on the safe side for the most part, but forces deep balls into double coverage a little too often.
Has shown strong physical development in the past couple seasons, and his defensive diagnosis has improved as well. Intelligent QB, will pick up NFL systems without a problem.
Jones has all the physical talents necessary to be an NFL starter. Typical QB body, plenty of arm strength, and sneaky athleticism. His greatest attribute is his poise in the pocket. Pressure doesn't rattle him, and he's very comfortable stepping up or sliding within the pocket to avoid the rush while always focusing downfield. He's also fearless, as he will take hits while delivering the ball accurately. His poise gives his receivers more time to get open, creating big play opportunities. Further, his recognition of the defense lets him find the right receiver more often than not. Jones has an outstanding, consistently accurate deep ball. He employs great touch and trajectory. It's exciting to imagine what he could do with NFL level speed and hands.
Velocity is so important, especially at the highest level of play, and Jones needs a lot of it. His balls usually have good placement, but they simply don't reach the receiver fast enough. His short and midrange accuracy suffers at times because of this, which will hurt him when he plays against faster defenders in the NFL. He can improve this by employing more torque and engaging his lower body, but that's a big change that might take time. While his poise in the pocket is excellent, it's almost good to a fault. He doesn't always feel the pressure coming from his blindside and takes big hits, sometimes committing turnovers in the process. Jones' footwork and accuracy outside the pocket isn't always there, and that's a necessary trait for most modern QBs.
Daniel Jones entered Duke in 2016 as a walk-on QB, a redshirt freshman 3rd on the depth chart. When starter Thomas Sirk ruptured his Achilles tendon, Jones stole the starting QB role and hasn't looked back since. While he's always had the physical tools he was, and still is, a raw prospect. But his improvements have been so significant that he is being lauded as a dark horse top QB prospect in the 2019 draft. Jones has developed a pro-ready poise in the pocket, and his ability to read defenses just gets better and better. There will be more growing pains in the NFL, as he will need to alter his delivery to increase ball velocity as well as fix his footwork outside the pocket. But with his toughness, intelligence, and physical gifts, many teams will see him as a potential franchise QB in the future. 2019 is a weak quarterback class, Daniel Jones has the chance to be the best one.
Pro Comparison: Mason Rudolph.
Team Fits: Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Chargers.
Prediction: 2nd Round.