The 2019 NFL Draft is almost upon us, and that means it’s the time of year for strange takes and for analysis to be blown out of proportion.

Still, even with that in mind, former NFL executive Gil Brandt had an eye-catching statement recently.

When discussing Duke QB Daniel Jones, Brandt said he looks like former Tennessee legend Peyton Manning on film (via

“I. Love. Dan Jones,” Brandt said on a teleconference for Sirius XM NFL Radio. “I have to say this carefully: When you watch him and you go back (20) years and watch Peyton Manning, you are watching the same guy. He’s athletic. He doesn’t have a rocket for an arm, but neither did Peyton. Very smart.”

Jones will potentially be a first-round pick on Thursday, so it’ll be interesting to see where he goes.

Living up to Manning won’t be easy, but he does have all the physical tools scouts look for.