CLEVELAND, OHIO – APRIL 29: Mac Jones poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell onstage after being selected 15th by the New England Patriots during round one of the 2021 NFL Draft at the Great Lakes Science Center on April 29, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The Patriots landed their next young quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft, standing pat at No. 15 and going with Alabama’s Mac Jones. So what kind of player are the Pats getting?
For one, an accurate passer. Jones completed 77.4 percent of passes in 2020 for Alabama. The majority of his completions did go to a trio of first rounders – receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, and running back Najee Harris – and regression in completion percentage is a certainty when Jones ultimately plays for the Patriots. But NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein gave him high marks for his ball placement, and commented that he “shows flashes of throwing players open.”
Tony Pauline at Pro Football Network cited ball security as a reason why Jones was a good fit for New England. Indeed, he had just a 0.9 percent interception rate, compared to 41 passing touchdowns.
Draft Network analyst Jordan Reid described Jones as an advanced quarterback with good aptitude in a complex system at Alabama: “Having a clear understanding of object reads that involve run-pass options as well as multiple level progressions, he’s well seasoned with the verbiage and variety of concepts that will be required of him on the next level.” Pauline mentioned an offensive system based on Erhardt-Perkins concepts as a good fit for Jones, which makes him a good fit for Josh McDaniels.
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