With the Patriots selecting Mac Jones 15 overall in last week’s NFL Draft, speculation has begun as to how he will do in the NFL. Jones is your typical pocket passer something the Patriots value very well. They aren’t known to having mobile quarterbacks except for Cam Newton who is the expected starter in 2021. As for Jones, he was predicted to go three overall last week but was grateful he slid so the Patriots could grab him. In this article, there will be quotes from coaches at Alabama, and NFL personnel evaluators giving their thoughts on Mac Jones.
How Mac Jones Will Fit In the League
Alabama Coach: “I think his style of play is going to translate well to the NFL game. He’s a very accurate passer that gets the ball out on time. If you look at guys like a Matt Ryan, guys like a Tom Brady, even Kirk Cousins and people like Drew Brees … Drew Brees has made an entire career off of being efficient and taking what the defense gives you. I think that’s the epitome of what Mac’s style of play will be like.
A lot of the best quarterbacks don’t have the greatest arm. People joked with Peyton Manning for years because he didn’t throw a spiral. I think Mac’s style of play is going to translate well. He gets the ball out on time. He’s going to get the ball into his playmakers’ hands. I don’t think he’s going to go out and lose you the game. He’s a quarterback that’s going to distribute the ball and get it to the right people at the right time and in the right place. And that’s what you want. He makes smart decisions and — besides the (2019) Iron Bowl — the guy has made the right decision damn near 100 percent of the time.”
Mac Jones Is Coming From A Great Program
NFL Evaluator: “The staff at Alabama was really positive about Mac. They really like him as a kid. They thought he was a student and that he worked at it They liked his leadership. They thought he had a good way with his teammates. They were very positive. They thought he was tough. They thought he responded and reacted well at different times (to adversity) like the two picks at Auburn. They were definitely As on him (grade-wise). In a general statement though, there’s not one NFL scout in the league that would’ve said Mac Jones is going top five during the fall. So he’s definitely been elevated during this lead-up to the draft.
As far as him as a player, I think on the negative side, there’s not one thing that’s explosive about him. He doesn’t have an explosive arm. He doesn’t have explosive legs. And people say: Well, Tom Brady doesn’t either. But Brady’s got a strong arm and he’s 6-foot-5. So maybe it’s an explosive brain so to speak with Mac. But as far as the physical element of it, that’s the negative. The positive though is that he really couldn’t have played any better than he did. He hit almost 80 percent (of his passes). He was extremely productive. Mac was blessed with a ton of talent around him but he took advantage of it and played extremely well.
Jones does seem to be a guy that knows where to go with the ball. He’s very cerebral in terms of being able to explain the offense that they ran and all of those things. So I would say that the intangibles and the character and all of those things rate really high with him. I think the real question is going to be: From a physical standpoint, how much better can he get? And then that ties into not only the tight window throws but also the escapability and mobility. Can he make enough plays with his legs at the NFL level? That remains to be seen.”