Daniel Jones wasn’t always expected to go to the New York Giants at No. 6. In fact, one NFL team didn’t even think he was a quarterback.
However, it seems that at least one NFL team wanted Jones to work out as a tight end according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. This anonymous team felt that Jones did not have the ability to be a starting quarterback at the next level.
This is not the first time that a prospect has been asked to work out at a different position. In this year’s draft alone 41 players were asked to work out at a different position. For example, Trace McSorley—former Penn State starting quarterback—was asked to work out as a defensive back this year. Last year, Lamar Jackson—2018 first round pick and Ravens starting quarterback—was asked to try out as a receiver.
In addition, transitioning from quarterback to a different position has not been the worst thing for some players. Terrelle Pryor and Julian Edelman have both seen 1,000 yard receiving seasons after their transition. For the latter, he also has a Super Bowl MVP in his name at wide receiver.
For Jones, the Duke product could have potentially used his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame to muscle his way at tight end. Not only does Jones have the size, but he also has the speed. The first-round pick ran a 4.67-second 40-yard dash at his pro day which demonstrated his elite speed.
Nevertheless, Daniel Jones will not play anything but quarterback for the Giants. He was drafted in the first round, to the disapproval of many fans, to become the heir to current starter Eli Manning. This is the path set out for Daniel Jones in East Rutherford.