Duke QB Daniel Jones Could Have Played His Way Into A First Round Draft Pick In The Independence Bowl

first_imgDaniel Jones drops back for a pass against Pitt.DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 21: Daniel Jones #17 of the Duke Blue Devils drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Panthers during their game at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The NFL Draft is still four months away, but there is already plenty of hype regarding which quarterbacks could be the first to come off the board. One player whose stock is rising – at least right now – is Duke signal-caller Daniel Jones.Jones, a junior, had an incredible game against Temple in the Independence Bowl on Thursday night. Jones finished the game 30-of-41 for 423 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for a touchdown in the team’s 56-27 victory.There aren’t a ton of top-tier talents at quarterbacks who are coming out this year – especially after Oregon signal-caller Justin Herbert announced he’d be returning to the Ducks. Some are thinking that Jones could be a first round pick.WalterFootball has Jones as the third-best prospect, behind only Drew Lock of Missouri and Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State. They aren’t alone in their thinking.Duke QB Daniel Jones has set the Independence Bowl record with 5 Pass TD. Jones has 6 TD responsible for today, tying Tajh Boyd in the 2014 Orange Bowl for most by an ACC player in a bowl game. Duke’s 56 points are also a school record for a bowl game. pic.twitter.com/s84qhVvw1S— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 27, 2018Daniel Jones looks like an NFL quarterback. #Duke— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) December 27, 2018I have talked with several teams who have a preliminary “1st” on Duke’s Daniel Jones if he declares.Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Jones are the favorites to be the first three QBs drafted. https://t.co/JFzfPbn2Nh— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) December 26, 2018Duke, with the victory, finishes the season with an 8-5 record.Of course, there are a lot of steps to be taken for Jones here. He still has the NFL Combine, his pro day, and his interviews – assuming he comes out.This year’s NFL Draft will take place on April 25, 26 and 27.last_img read more