Arizona State football quarterback Jayden Daniels announced on social media Thursday that he will return to Tempe for his senior season.
Was it the right choice?
There had been speculation that Daniels would enter the 2022 NFL Draft and, to a lesser extent, some were saying he could be transferred somewhere for his senior season.
This speculation ended with Daniels’ announcement.
Continued:Spencer Rattler transfer to Arizona State football? ESPN host shoots down ASU speculation
Daniels passed 186 of 280 for 2,221 yards with 10 touchdowns in his junior season for the Sun Devils.
He had nine interceptions after entering the season, throwing just three in his first two years combined (16 games).
Daniels also rushed for 670 yards and six touchdowns.
Some NFL writers and members of the media felt Daniels’ decision to return to ASU in 2022 was wise, according to their views on Twitter.
Continued:ASU quarterback Jayden Daniels ranked No. 72 among college football QBs for the 2021-22 season
However, not everyone seems to agree.
Bleacher Report ranked Daniels as the No. 6 QB in the 2022 NFL Draft in a recent ranking.
Kristopher Knox wrote: Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels is a dual-threat quarterback that will appeal to teams looking to fill the modern quarterback mold. The seventh-ranked quarterback on the B/R scouting department’s big board, Daniels could sneak into the second round. Daniels’ game contains a lot of Lamar Jackson, as he’s a pass-first quarterback who can burn through defenses on the run. At 6’3″ and just 185 pounds, his build is concerning, but Daniels is a player who doesn’t shy away from the big moment. … In his third year as a starter, Daniels continues to show off his dual-threat ability. He pitched for 1,879 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 482 yards and four scores for Day 2.”
Continued:Arizona State Football Bowl projections: Penn State, Wisconsin, popular enemies of Wake Forest
Last month, NFL Draft Diamonds had a story comparing Daniels to Trey Lance of the San Francisco 49ers.
Daniel Kelly wrote: “As the guy who looked Bill Belichick in the eye and convinced him to hire me, let me say that Daniels is superior to Lance in every way. Daniels can actually make a open field defender. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan would have looked like a genius, had he waited a year and chosen Daniels instead of Lance. Daniels could have come to San Francisco and run this entrusted two-QB system to Lance with Jimmy Garoppolo If I’m the general manager of the Arizona Cardinals or the Philadelphia Eagles, I’m doing everything I can to select Daniels in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Kyler Murray or Jalen Hurts, and either of those teams would be defined. I understand what I’m hearing from other “copywriting experts” and other trusted sites. Bleacher Report ranked Daniels as their 7th Best QB and Sports Illustrated said Daniels p could perhaps participate in the fifth round. Let me jump in and say this–I’m going to give Danie This is the highest rating he’s ever been given. Daniels is my 4th QB on my draft board behind Matt Corral, Carson Strong and Desmond Ridder. Give me Daniels any day of the week rather than QB’s Kenny Pickett or Sam Howell.”
Last month, Fanside’s Jacob Schyvinck wrote about Daniels’ potential in the NFL.
He wrote: “Now there are still some things Daniels needs to work on including finding the control option quicker against a heavy rush and not drifting too far into the pocket/running into sacks but improvement in key areas is good for Talent with arms, tools and great athleticism as a runner make Jayden Daniels an intriguing talent heading into the 2022 NFL Draft. He’s probably still a second-day guy s “He’s stating right now, but there’s still a lot of season ahead of him to step into that quarterback class. Nothing’s set in stone yet, so watch out for Daniels in 2021.”
Daniels now looks to have a great chance to enhance that potential in 2022.
Do you think he made the right choice to come back to ASU?
Continued:Arizona State Football Fans Announce Return of Herm Edwards as Sun Devils Coach
Support local journalism: subscribe to azcentral.com today.