Daniel Jones throwing a punt.
Kate Barrington  |  Tue 30th Apr   | NFL
  • Giants criticised for their pick of Daniel Jones over Haskins
  • Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin sceptical of Jones’ abilities
  • Mel Kiper Jr. defends the choice

The NFL draft is usually accompanied by much scrutiny by insiders and commentators. Was the Giants picking Daniel Jones a mistake? If you are like George R.R. Martin, the author of the famed “Game of Throne” TV series, originally beginning as the literary saga of “A Song of Ice and Fire”, then you may have a few things to say yourself when it comes to this decision, but industry insider Mel Kiper Jr. thinks otherwise.

George R.R. Martin Follows the NFL Draft

With the NFL draft season in full spate, George R.R. Martin is not necessarily happy with how the Giants have been drafting.

“Missing out” on Dwayne Haskins for the sake of Daniel Jones prompted the writer putting down a quick word about why a better decision had been possible.

Was Haskins’ draft as a six smart, he asked rhetorically. Martin said it was hard for him to spot what only Pat Shurmur and Dave Gettleman could see:

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. Who else was going to nab him? The Skins? The Skins preferred Haskins, that was common knowledge.

Haskin vs Jones Advanced Stats
Players Comp Rate Yds Comp Sucess Rate mEff Passer Rating ANY/A
Haskins 70.0% 13.1 53.2% 12.6% 174.0 9.69
Jones 59.9% 10.7 39.6% -0.7% 122.9 5.45

He looked into the stats for both players, citing Haskins superior performance. In a single year, Haskins delivered 50 touch downs whereas Jones took three years to deliver 52, he explained.

While Martin conceded that Jones is not a bad player, it would have made much more sense if he had been drafted as 17.

Martin then compared Jones to Snacks Harrison who the Giants “had to let go in mid-season due to poor performance”.

So to fill the Snacks hole, we draft Young Snacks. All it cost us was a Hall of Fame receiver.

Martin did a good analysis bar one small inaccuracy. Harrison wasn’t actually expelled from the Giants. They traded him to the Detroit Lions and later secured DeAndre Baker. However, many agree that Jones shouldn’t have been drafted in his current position.

Mel Kiper Jr. Disagrees with Critics

Conversely, NFL Insider Mel Kiper Jr. defended Jones, explaining that the player was “a great starter” that could lead to meaningful attacks. Kiper Jr. also believed that Haskins and Jones had very similar grades.

While appearing on ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr noted that the choice of Jones was mostly an individual preference. Public opinion will always be divided on such matters and trying to crunch the numbers and tell which player is best pre-season is always difficult, he concluded, failing to make any of the other analysts agree with him.

Kate Barrington