The expectations for Giants new quarterback Daniel Jones are already going to be sky-high, but those closest to the 21-year-old believe he will meet those expectations.
Jones' coach at Duke, David Cutcliffe, has full confidence that the quarterback will lead the Giants to a championship in his NFL career.
"I think he's going to be a great player," Cutcliffe told reporters at the draft in Nashville on Thursday. "I think football coaches see that. … I laughed when I kept hearing about accuracy issues because of his completion percentage. That's not due to accuracy issues. He's got all of those things. I would think he's going to play 14-16 years and he'll be a championship quarterback. He'll win a championship."
Cutcliffe was also Eli Manning's coach at Ole Miss and Peyton Manning's offensive coordinator at Tennessee and has maintained a strong relationship with the Manning family over the years.
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Yet both Manning brothers came out of college heralded as franchise quarterbacks while Jones is seen as more of a gamble.
Yet Cutcliffe said those who have watched him every day know that is not true.
"Daniel Jones is kind of an unknown entity to everybody but those of us who saw him every day," he said. "There was never a doubt in my mind that he'd end up being a star."