The Giants will obviously deny this, but they heard all the rumors the Redskins were trading up for a QB and jumped the gun on QB Daniel Jones. The Redskins have been linked to every QB in the draft process, but Jones was definitely top 2 for them. The rumors were the coaches wanted Jones, and Dan Snyder/Bruce Allen wanted Dwayne Haskins. Washington was also rumored to be trying to jump the Giants for a QB. The smart money always goes with the player ownership wants, but the Giants didn’t want to take that risk.
That was at least part of why the Giants jumped early on the 21-year-old Duke quarterback - a fear that several teams, including the Washington Redskins, were interested in him as well, according to a team source. In fact, the source added that the Giants were even sweating out the first few picks of the draft, worried that Jones wouldn’t even make it to 6. They thought the Washington Redskins were trying to trade up with the Jets or Raiders for the third or fourth pick to take Jones for themselves.
From what I’ve heard from multiple NFL sources, the Giants knew there was no way QB Daniel Jones was going to still be there at 17. They had a real fear the Redskins we’re going to trade up to 3 or 4 to grab him first. pic.twitter.com/2vwNU2foI7— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) April 26, 2019
The Redskins didn’t trade up, and still got the QB they wanted at #15. Dwayne Haskins becomes the Redskins new franchise QB, and already has a big rivalry with the Giants.
Dwayne Haskins has been picked at No. 15 by the Washington Redskins!— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) April 26, 2019
... This was his reaction after the Giants picked Daniel Jones at No. 6 pic.twitter.com/KS9SVG4mQE
On @nflnetwork, LaDainian Tomlinson predicts that new #Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins is “going to kick the crap out of the Giants for the next 10 years. He’s mad!” One of the most fascinating storylines to watch.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 26, 2019
The Washington Redskins and Dan Snyder nailed it. This is not a drill. And somehow the Giants look even more clueless.— Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) April 26, 2019