The New England Patriots took a calculated risk when they snagged Alabama quarterback Mac Jones and deemed him the next franchise signal caller.
While his lack of amazing athletic ability is a concern, the Patriots were too enticed by his arm talent and accuracy.
Jones and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian were able to completely demolish the record book, putting up some of the most efficient numbers you will ever see in Tuscaloosa. Jones shattered No. 5 pick Tua Tagovailoa’s records and stats.
Sarkisian, who used his time as Alabama’s OC to land one of the best head coaching jobs in college football at Texas, thinks that Jones has a very bright future ahead of him, even comparing to a player who has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league over the last decade.
Ryan has an MVP, a solid 55,000 passing yards, and 347 touchdown passes to his name. If the Patriots end up taking someone of that caliber, this could go down as one of the best picks from the 2021 draft.
Mac Jones has plenty of plus traits for the Patriots.
Jones fell in the draft due to a relative lack of experience as a starter and an inability to consistently make plays with his legs. Despite that, he throws one of the prettiest balls in the class, and that arm talent is exactly why he was able to produce at such an insane clip in college and get picked as high as he did.
The former Alabama star has enough arm strength to push the ball down the field and complete passes from a bunch of different arm angles. While he was often tasked with getting the ball out as quickly as possible with the Crimson Tide, on plays that required him to hold onto it longer and survey the field, Jones did so with aplomb.
It’ll be worth watching how Belichick handles Jones, as it has been decades since Belichick has been tasked with grooming a young quarterback to eventually become the starter.
What you can’t teach is the feel for the game Jones has, which is exemplified by a feathery touch deep down the field and the exemplary study habits that Sarkisian claims Jones has adopted.
Cam Newton will likely begin the season as the starting quarterback, but the Patriots will eventually make the switch to Jones, as they are too enticed by his ability to slice up defenses vertically. If Sarkisian’s comparison proves true, Jones will be in for countless Pro Bowls in New England.