The New York Giants are feeling the backlash after taking Daniel Jones sixth overall and Game of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin is chiming in.
The New York Giants are drawing the ire from the fan base after taking Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire and a vocal Giants fan, expressed his displeasure with the pick.
The author of the book that eventually became HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” knows a thing or two about major disappointment. He’s created some of the most gut-wrenching scenes to hit television, but Giants general manager Dave Gettleman gave Martin a shock of his own.
Martin posted his thoughts on his blog and didn’t understand the logic behind the pick. Like many Giants fans, he understands the need to find Eli Manning’s successor, but he rightfully questions why the Giants took Jones so high.
“Daniel Jones from Duke at number six? Yes, they need a young quarterback to groom as Eli’s successor,” Martin wrote. “But Dwayne Haskins was right there. Why not him? I don’t follow college ball, but by every measurable Haskins is way better than Jones. Jones threw 52 TDs in three years at Duke, Haskins threw 50 in one year at Ohio State. Within fewer interceptions. Against much tougher opposition. Dave Gettleman must have seen something in Jones that no one else could see. But even if you accept that, taking him at six seems insane. He would have been there at 17. Why not take Josh Allen or one of the other defensive studs at 6, and Jones at 17? Makes much more sense. Who else was going to nab him? The Skins? The Skins preferred Haskins, that was common knowledge. Everyone in the world except the G-Men preferred Haskins, so far as I can see.”
Martin sums up the feelings of many Giants fans. Obviously, picking a quarterback to follow in Eli’s footsteps has to be a priority. That being said, the Giants may have been able to snag Jones at 17.
Martin seemed to like what the Jets did in the first round. Although he wanted to see an EDGE rusher, he understands that Quinnen Williams could be the best player in the draft.