Last night, Thurs. April 29 the Patriots selected Mac Jones as their first-round draft pick. This came as a surprise to a lot of people as Jones was predicted to get picked up earlier by teams such as the 49’rs and the Chicago Bears.
This draft pick further demonstrates that Bill Belichick is a genius and will never surprise fans.
Mac Jones, quarterback coming from Alabama State is 6’3’’, 217lbs, and has that golden boy look. Like others, I can’t help but make the comparison between Jones and Tom Brady. I look at Jones and all I see is that Brady draft picture from hell, but like Brady, Jones is going to be an elite quarterback.
At Alabama, Jones was deadly accurate and his strength was his vision of the field and his ability to throw deep passes. Not to mention his quarterback sneak rivals Brady’s.
Jones is quick into the pocket and in the pocket, he has this “wiggle” which helps him to wiggle away from the tackle and make a good play. He is composed after the snap and can release quick yet accurate passes when under pressure by defenders. In his last season at Alabama, he only threw 4 interceptions.
The most important thing is that Jones did not seem disappointed that he wasn’t picked sooner but instead was excited about going to the Patriots, “I feel like secretly I wanted to go to the Patriots all along” said Jones.
On the Patriots, Jones is going to thrive being that the Patriot’s offense is very similar to that of Alabama’s offense. With proper coaching and a little bit of confidence, I can see Jones taking Cam Newton’s spot at first-string quarterback.
Will Mac Jones be a first-year starter? Probably not. In a press conference yesterday, “Cam Newton is our quarterback” said Belichick, and in Belichick fashion refused to elaborate any further.
I do not see the Patriots winning big games and returning to an era of winning with Newton. Jones will click better than Newton with the Patriot’s offense and their style of play. All the Patriots need are some solid wide receivers that mimic Julian Edelman and they are on their way to more Superbowl rings.