Jan 24, 2019; Mobile, AL, USA; North head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders talks with North quarterback Daniel Jones of Duke (17) during the North squad 2019 Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Gruden says Daniel Jones ‘showed a lot of mental toughness’ at Senior Bowl

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One of the top quarterback prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft, Duke’s Daniel Jones, had an up-and-down week of practices at the 2019 Senior Bowl, but he managed to salvage an otherwise concerning few days with an MVP performance in the game.

Jones was 8-of-11 for 115 yards and a touchdown. He added a touchdown run, too.

Jones’ mental fortitude stood out to Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

“I’m sure he wanted to start the game,” Gruden said of Jones. “We looked at the game as if it was two different games. The first was gonna be started by Lock, and the second game would be started by Jones.

“But he showed a lot of mental toughness. He had some tough moments — he threw two interceptions in 7-on-7s in practice, which is uncommon. But he came back the next day, and the next day and the next day. And he shows the right stuff.”

Jones certainly looks the part of an NFL starter. He’s 6-5, 220 pounds and has plenty of arm talent to garner legitimate consideration in the first round.

The Senior Bowl offers players like Jones the ability to jumpstart their draft stock heading into the scouting combine and pro day seasons. And while he wasn’t perfect, Jones certainly didn’t hurt himself in Mobile, Alabama.

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