2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Duke QB Daniel Jones

HEIGHT: 6-5

WEIGHT: 221

COLLEGE: Duke

CLASS: Redshirt Junior

2018 STATS: 237/392, 60.5%, 2,674 yards, 6.8 YPA, 22 TD, 9 INT, 131.7 RATE (11 games)

CAREER STATS: 764/1,275, 59.9%, 8,201 yards, 6.4 YPA, 52 TD, 29 INT, 122.9 RATE (36 games)

GAMES WATCHED (10): Army, NorthwesternVirginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Miami (FL), North Carolina, ClemsonTemple

40 BENCH VERT BROAD 3 CONE 20S 60S
4.81 33.5″ 120″ 7.0 4.41

SIZE/PHYSICAL TRAITS (5/5)

  • Prototypical quarterback dimensions at 6-5, 221 lbs.
  • Easily clears 9″ hand size threshold (9 3/4″ hands)

ACCURACY/BALL PLACEMENT (18.75/25)

  • Pretty good short accuracy/ball placement — especially between the numbers
  • Below average intermediate accuracy
  • Decent deep ball accuracy
  • Accuracy/ball placement is below average on outside the numbers throws
  • Benefited heavily from wide open throwing windows created by RPO fakes and struggled to hit tight-window throws with any consistency
  • Solid accuracy on the move
  • Decent accuracy under duress

ARM STRENGTH (11.25/15)

  • Good velocity on short passes
  • Adequate velocity on intermediate passes
  • Lacks ideal velocity for deeper passes (40+ yards) and far hash throws — passes tend to float, giving defenders time to catch up and make plays on the ball
  • Lacks ideal velocity when his feet aren’t set
  • Can make most of the required NFL throws

MENTAL PROCESSING (14/20)

  • Makes good pre-snap reads most of the time — identifies vulnerabilities in the coverage and makes own sight adjustments
  • Processes short passing concepts quickly, but tends to hesitate/hold the ball too long on deeper passing concepts
  • Gets the ball out late a fair number of times — doesn’t always trust what he sees?
  • Quick to check down — doesn’t often allow downfield routes to develop even when he’s not under pressure
  • Finds hot route quickly when he faces immediate pressure
  • Good eye discipline/manipulation — rarely stares down receivers and shows an ability to hold/move second and third level defenders with his eyes to create throwing windows
  • Will predetermine throws at times without confirming that his pre-snap read was correct
  • Decision-making worsens the further downfield he attempts to throw — misreads leverage of safeties and deep dropping linebackers
  • Will force the ball into tight coverage rather than throw the ball away
  • Holds the ball too long and takes a lot of unnecessary sacks
  • Forces too many off-balance throws under pressure
  • Bad habit of patting the ball before he throws it — telegraphs throws to defenders in this way and it likely contributed to his 12 batted passes in 2018 (highest mark of 2019 draft-eligible QBs)

POCKET PRESENCE (7.5/15)

  • Generally does a good job of keeping his eyes downfield when he’s under pressure
  • Poor pocket awareness — doesn’t feel edge pressure very well
  • Won’t climb the pocket often and takes a lot of sacks as a result — very susceptible to strip-sacks due to poor awareness of edge pressure
  • Doesn’t have a natural feel for how to navigate the pocket — often drifts or backpedals into pressure
  • Doesn’t show great escapability or off-script playmaking ability

MECHANICS (4/5)

  • Solid release time — slight drop of the ball in delivery, but gets it out over his shoulder
  • Smooth drop footwork
  • Steps into throws and transfers weight nicely on the follow through

MOBILITY (4/5)

  • Fairly mobile — effective runner on scramble plays; can be utilized on designed runs
  • Pretty good at extending plays with his legs when he breaks the pocket, but lacks great escapability

INTANGIBLES (6/10)

  • Fairly experienced (36 games under his belt)
  • Coached by noted quarterback connoisseur David Cutcliffe (he coached the Manning brothers in college)
  • Lauded by Cutcliffe for his work ethic
  • Mediocre 3-year production
  • Struggled to elevate his team in big games
  • Questionable poise under duress

RED FLAGS

  • Broke collarbone in 2018

OVERALL GRADE: 70.50/100.00 –LATE 3RD ROUND/EARLY 4TH ROUND

SCHEME FIT: West Coast offense

NFL COMPARISON: Poor man’s Ryan Tannehill

DRAFT PROJECTION: 1st round

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