NAME: Daniel Jones
CLASS: RS Junior
JERSEY: No. 17
RECRUITMENT RATING: 2-star
WT: 220 lbs
Renown for his work with Peyton and Eli Manning, Jones may be the most physically gifted quarterback that Duke head coach David Cutcliffe has ever worked with. A big-bodied and strong-armed passer, Jones is one of just three returning power five quarterbacks to amass 2,500 passing yards and 500 rushing yards. Complementing his live arm is the ability to pick up yards with his legs as a runner.
Jones’ ability to win as a runner, combined with Duke’s quick passing game has suited his skill set well. Jones has the physical ability desired in an NFL quarterback.
Among the concerning elements of Jones’ film is the inconsistencies exhibited outside of quick game. When Jones is tasked with non-schemed reads where he is challenged to survey coverage, make the right decision and deliver and accurate throw the results can be underwhelming. Jones does not showcase the ability to throw with anticipation and his ball placement needs to be more precise. And when Jones is forced to speed up his process, find a quick platform and make throws under duress he is noticeably uncomfortable.
It was disappointing to not see more growth from Jones in year one to year two as a starter. In 23 more passing attempts as a sophomore, Jones’ completion percentage dipped from 62.8 percent to 56.7 percent while throwing two less touchdowns and three more interceptions. His passing yards per game fell from 236 to 207.
Surrounded by a veteran group of receivers, Jones needs to take a major step forward in year three as Duke’s starter.