Mac Jones could be the future of the New England Patriots come pick No. 15 in the 2021 NFL Draft.
There’s a good chance that even if you don’t follow college football closely, you know exactly who Mac Jones is.
The Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback surprised everyone when he not only filled in for the first-round pick Tua Tagovialoa well, but broke records in the process. He set the record for passing yards in a season at Alabama with 4,500 as he helped lead his team to the National Championship.
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With these incredible numbers that also included a touchdown to interception ratio of 41-4, he sets himself up to be a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft. While he doesn’t have the same love in the draft as the likes of Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, BYU’s Zach Wilson, and Ohio State’s Justin Fields, he should still be a top-five quarterback off the board.
Mel Kiper believes that should be the case as he goes at No. 15 to the New England Patriots.
"“But with Cam Newton unlikely to return to New England, Jones could become a signal-caller to groom for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels,” Kiper Jr. wrote."
Why Mac Jones could be Patriots future QB.
It makes sense, especially with the connection between Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. We are only a couple of years removed from when everyone thought A.J. McCarron would be a Patriot because of the connection. But this may make that much more sense and his skill set fits what the Patriots usually like to do on offense.
Jones’ mix of beautiful touch and impeccable short accuracy makes for a match made in heaven when it comes to Josh McDaniels offense. Jones doesn’t have the strongest arm in the draft, but the Patriots have never been a team to throw it deep during the Belichick era, even when Tom Brady was still here.
Now, the few worries with Jones along with the arm is that his receivers were the best in all of college football, which may have led to his success more than anything else. Devonta Smith won the Heisman Trophy to begin with while Jones finished in third place. However, there is no saying that Jones needs to come in and start on day one.
With the No. 15 overall pick, selecting Jones could allow him to take a “redshirt” year and play behind a veteran before starting in the 2022 season instead. It is difficult to pull these types of years off, but the best source of this working remains that of the Kansas City Chiefs and their handling of Patrick Mahomes. They allowed him to learn behind Alex Smith and is not the best quarterback in the league.
Let’s make it clear. Jones is not going to be Mahomes, but he could be a really good quarterback in the right system. And that right system would more than likely be the Patriots’ system. It does have a lot of similarities with Alabama and could be perfect for Jones.
Jones very well could be the Patriots’ quarterback of the future.