Leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft, the New York Giants had done a lot of work on Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who was proud to talk about his Big Blue fandom whenever given the opportunity.
After several scouting trips and workouts, it was widely believed the Giants would take Haskins at No. 6 overall.
Rather than taking Haskins, who saw his links to the Giants rapidly decrease in the week leading up to the draft, general manager Dave Gettleman called the name of Duke quarterback Daniel Jones in Round 1.
Haskins would go nine picks later, landing with the Giants’ division rivals, the Washington Redskins.
Now, as the Giants and Redskins gear up to square off in Week 4 at MetLife Stadium, Jones is under center for New York and is already the toast of the town while Haskins continues to ride pine in Washington.
On Wednesday, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was asked about their decision to take Jones over Haskins and he had nothing but good things to say about the latter.
“We felt like Daniel was the guy for us. We really, really liked Dwayne Haskins and what he had done in college. We had a very, very high opinion of him, and we spent a lot of time on him. We chose Daniel, but that doesn’t mean that we didn’t think very, very highly of Dwayne Haskins,” Shurmur said.
Haskins felt slighted when the Giants passed him over and even laughed from his seat at the draft when Jones’ name was called, but that’s the way the cookie crumbled.
Jones is now in New York and, at least for the moment, is the talk of the time, while Haskins is in Washington sharing sour stories with Landon Collins, Ereck Flowers and Josh Norman.