Mac Jones had one helluva football season and if you watched the national championship game last night you saw him play a virtually flawless football game.
His National Championship Game stats – 36/45 80% completion percentage, 464 yards, 5 pass TDs, 1 Fumble lost – are on par with his spectacular 2020 season stats – 311/402 77% comp, 4500 passing yards, 41 TDs, 4 INTs. Practically flawless.
To throw the ball 400 times and only have 90 incompletions is crazy good accuracy. Belichick has been consistent in what he looks for in his quarterbacks, which is accuracy, good decision-making, and not turning the ball over. Mac Jones checks all three of those boxes.
There’s a but…
BUT, I’m willing to bet the Quarterback position is easier to play when you are surrounded with the talent Mac Jones had at Alabama. Starting off with Heisman winner and eventual top 10 draft pick, DeVonta Smith, who had 12 catches, over 200 yards and 3 TDs in one half of football in the National Championship Game. Jaylen Waddle and John Metchie are two first round talents at wideout behind Smith. And Najee Harris has been a beast this year at running back, both running and catching the football out of the backfield. I don’t know who their tight end is but I’m sure he’s a first round talent. I’m no offensive line expert but by the looks of it they should have another couple 1st rounders there.
This is what scares me about Mac Jones… everything around him is already NFL level and much better than the college competition. Did you see that game last night? It was over after a half of play.
How will he fare when the playing field is level in the NFL? My friend Pete Thamel had a great comparison in calling him a right-handed Matt Leinart on his podcast. Matt Leinart had Reggie Bush, Lendale White, Mike Williams, and Dwayne Jarrett surrounding him which made his transition to the NFL difficult. He’s now a commentator on Fox.
So is this “dadbod” the future for the Patriots at the Quarterback position? To look to the future, we must look to the past. The last slow, immobile, accurate QB was, well you know who it was, and he turned out to be pretty good for two decades. Look at these two side by side… it’s uncanny! After 20 years with the Patriots, Tom Brady is still throwing for nearly 400 yards in the playoffs.
Now I’d LOVE for the Patriots to draft Mac Jones in the 2021 NFL Draft………. as a 6th round pick. But realistically, he’s not dropping that far and could be a first round pick, and for sure won’t drop out of the second round. I don’t want the Patriots using pick #15 on Mac Jones. I’ll eat my crow if he turns out to be a perennial Pro Bowler but I think the Patriots need a modern QB who can run and throw. They don’t have the skill position players right now for a statue-esque QB to succeed. A couple weeks ago, I mentioned the QBs I’d love to see the Patriots draft and sign. Belichick and Saban have a strong relationship so there’s a chance Mac Jones ends up on the Patriots. I just hope it doesn’t cost them a first round pick.
Who would I like to see the Patriots select at pick #15? Not sure yet exactly but I know this, if it’s not a QB like Wilson or Fields, it needs to be an immediate day-1 impact player. The Patriots don’t select in the top half of the draft very often so Belichick can’t miss. I’ll have a draft preview article closer to April.
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