Giants sixth-overall draft pick, and presumed eventual heirs to Eli Manning, Daniel Jones talks to his pick, playing on the big stage, the pressure of being a high pick and more in his initial Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby .
Q: What would you say to Giants fans when your name was announced at MetLife Stadium?
A: There's not going to be a guy who's going to work harder than I want, and compete more than I want, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to represent the New York Giants. I'm thrilled to be part of the organization, and I understand my job to make them believers in me, and I'm looking forward to doing that.
Q: What do you think the critics are missing about you?
A: I'm not sure. … I don 't spend a lot of time looking into that or reading that stuff. It's my job to make them believers in me, and I'm gonna do that, and I'm looking forward to being in New York and just being a Giant.
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Q: What won't you tolerate either in the huddle or from a teammate?
A: Anything that distracts us from winning football games, definitely selfishness or just anything that gets in the way of winning games – whether that's people not doing what needs to be done, or what the team thinks is necessary to do.
Q: Duke Cutcliffe's duo coach wanted to play on the New York stage
A: Being in New York, playing for the Giants is something that you dream of growing up. I mean, that's the biggest stage. The Giants are the franchise in the NFL, an opportunity to play for them is the biggest stage and that's what you dream of. I know I can handle it, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity.
Q: How do you know it?
A: I think there's just a lot to learn, but I just mean I'm confident in myself. Looking forward to learning obviously, understanding exactly what it takes, but certainly not in myself
Q: When your career begins, you'll be following a legend. How do you feel about that?
A: I think with an opportunity like that, it's important to be confident in who you are and not to try to get someone else through that, not to change. … I look forward to learning from Eli, I think there will be a lot to learn, but I'm also going to be confident in that.
Q: So the pressure of being the No .
A: Yeah, I'm looking forward to getting to work.
Q: Describe your leadership style.
A: I'm very confident in myself and who I am. Not a rah-rah guy or not a guy that's gonna spend a lot of time doing that, but I think I connect with people personally. I think leadership's about understanding who is leading and who are people who are communicating with and building personal relationship through trusting one another.
Describe your quarterbacking style.
A: I think I'm a guy who plays from the pocket and a guy who can make all the throws. I see you as a strength of my game, but I think I am athletic enough to be able to extend, to move around the pocket and make things happen.
Q: What are you like in the huddle?  A: I think I'm very levelheaded, I'm calm and confident in the team and what we can accomplish as a team, and I think people respect that.
Q: Give me an example of your will to compete
A: Coming to Duke as a walk-on initially, I was an under-recruited guy, someone who wasn't immediately recruited like the other people, and I chose to come to Duke and was eager to compete there.
Q: What about the field?
A: I think one of my first starts as a redshirt freshman was at Notre Dame. It was early on in our season, and obviously it was against a team with tremendous tradition and tremendous talent, and we found a way to win down there down the stretch. … In the fourth quarter as a young guy at the time, I needed to step up and win the respect of my teammate and show that I could do the stretch and ultimately we found a way to win that game.
Q : Coach Cutcliffe challenged you because he thought you were playing too soft
A: Yeah, I think that was the Georgia Tech game redshirt freshman year. I made some mistakes in the game, and really wasn't playing as well as I could have, and it definitely challenged me. I remember saying to him not to challenge my toughness, that's something I take a lot of pride in. I responded to it quickly and very directly with him, and I think he respected that, and then on the field, I responded to it as well, we started playing better and eventually won the game. I'll always remember that moment
Q: What is exemplifying your toughness?
A: This [past] year I broke my collarbone in the Northwestern game, which was the second game of the season for us. I had surgery the next day, I missed a week of practice, I was out there practicing a week later, did not play that week, but missed two games and was back that third week against Virginia Tech. I think toughness is certainly a strength of mine.
Q: Describe your on-field mentality
A: I think I stay levelheaded … My ability to remain calm and kind of steady throughout a game, whatever the situation is in the game.
Q: What drives you?
A: I just think a love for playing football, for winning really. The opportunity to compete and play the game is what drives me, and that's always something I loved to do, something that keeps me working, keeps me driven. Blue Devil, potential Knicks first-round pick Zion Williamson?
A: (Laugh) I certainly think so.
A: I haven't, I'd love to work out like that, what happens, but he's a special guy for sure.
Q: How good will I be in the NBA?
A: I think he's gonna be really good. I remember when he was coming out of high school, people – the competition he was playing against – saying he was able to do that in college, and then he did exactly what he did in high school. I know some people think it's not your standard stereotypical 3 or 4, but I think it's gonna be great. I think he 's gonna have a great NBA career.
Q: Who' s one corner in NFL history you would have loved to throw against?
A: Maybe Darrelle Revis. He was a really good player for a long time. His cousins on our team at Duke, Mark Gilbert
Q: You twice attended the Manning Passing Academy. What is the best advice Peyton Manning has given you?
A: He told me that this was a big decision to stay at Duke or to declare for the draft. He said, "Whatever decision you make, people will criticize it. People will say what they want about it, but it's your job to try them right or prove them wrong. You're in charge of your own destiny.
Q: What do you know about Phil Simms?
A: I know he was a great quarterback for the Giants, and certainly represented the Giants very well
Q: What did you recall about Eli winning his Super Bowls the way he did?
A: I know they were tremendous performances. They were down-to-the-wire where they were making clutch throws, clutch decisions down the stretch, and just a toughness and a will to compete that ultimately prevailed.
Q: Do you know how to make Giants QBs from Duke Dave Brown at all?
A: I haven't actually gotten
A: We beat Carolina here in a rivalry  game, it was a Thursday night game, they were [No.] 15 or 16 in the nation, we were unranked, a tough season for us, but we got up for that game [a 28-27 win]… and awesome moment.
Q: Who are athletes in other sports you admire?
A: Steph Curry
Q: Boyhood idol?
A: I was a Panthers fan, so I always enjoyed watching those guys. … Jake Delhomme, Steve Smith, Julius Peppers, I really admired them, really looked up to them as a kid. My role model would definitely be my dad.
Q: Why was your dad your role model?
A: Growing up with my three siblings I really don't think of any time when I felt like they were doing Anything for themselves or really not putting me and my siblings first, and that's something I've always admired and really appreciated.
Q: Three dinner guests?
A: Abraham Lincoln, Michael Jordan, Matthew McConaughey.
Q: Favorite movie?
]: A: “Kicking & Screaming.”
Q: Favorite singer / entertainer?
A: Kings of Leon
Q: Favorite meal?
Q: What's it
A: (Laugh) I don't know.
Q: You'll win the fans over.
A: I'm the best player I can be, the best teammate I can be, and whenever my time comes, on winning football games. I think that's certainly what fans want.