Mac Jones NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

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By Mitchell Wolfe March 4, 2021 0 Comment
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Mac Jones is a 2021 NFL Draft QB Prospect

Mac Jones is a quarterback from Alabama and a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Jones was the starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide last season and led them to an undefeated season and a national championship.

Jones played in and started all 13 games for Alabama last season. He completed 311 of his 402 passes for a 77% completion percentage. He threw for 4500 yards with 45 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Jones recorded a passer rating of 203.1, and according to Pro Football Focus, he ranked 1st among quarterbacks (minimum 100 dropbacks) with an Overall grade of 95.8 (94.8 Passing, 82.2 Rushing).

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Jones was a consensus 4-star prospect and a top-20 QB in his class coming out of high school. He chose Alabama over multiple other Power-Five schools and redshirted his freshman year in 2017. Jones was part of the same recruiting class as Tua Tagovailoa and thus sat behind him and Jalen Hurts during the 2018 season. However, he did see playing time in 14 of Alabama’s 15 games, mostly in mop-up duty during blowout games; but Jones also took over holding duties midway through the season.

In 2019, Jones was the primary backup behind Tua and played sparingly in mop-up duty again. But, Jones earned his first start against Arkansas midway through the season due to an injury to Tua. After Tagovailoa suffered a season-ending injury against Mississippi State, Jones became the full-time starter. He started the final three games of the season, leading the Crimson Tide to a 2-1 record, including a dominant bowl win over Michigan.

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Going into the 2020 season, expectations were low for Jones. He competed with star recruit Bryce Young for the starting job but eventually kept the gig. Jones then proceeded to light the world on fire, leading Alabama to an undefeated season, SEC championship, and a national title. Jones swept the major quarterback awards in college football (Davey O’Brien Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Manning Award) and was a finalist for the Maxwell, Walter Camp, and Heisman Awards as well.

In the NFL, Jones projects as a starting quarterback that will succeed in a “West Coast” system that asks him to get rid of the ball quickly to playmakers in space. He is excellent at diagnosing the defense pre-snap and getting the ball quickly and accurately to receivers to maximize YAC opportunities. Jones is not the greatest athlete and does not have an elite arm; he will not mistake anyone for Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson. But he moves well in the pocket, can scramble for yards, and has the arm strength to deliver the ball on time to most areas of the field.

Scouting Capsule

Mac Jones NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Daniel Kitchen and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements

At Alabama, Jones was listed at 6’3″ and 214 pounds. At the Senior Bowl, he measured in at 6 feet and 2 5/8 inches (6025) and 217 pounds. Jones’ pro day for Alabama is on March 23rd.

Highlights

Positives

  • Excellent in the mental aspects of the game in terms of pre-snap processing, post-snap diagnosis, and decision-making; got better as the season progressed and the coaching staff opened up the offense to him.
  • Very good mechanics and poise to calmly navigate the pocket, stepping up or scrambling out the pocket when necessary.
  • Can pick up a few yards scrambling if necessary but keeps eyes downfield when outside the pocket
  • Good accuracy to most areas of the field, giving his receivers ample opportunity to make easy catches and gain yards after the catch.
  • Outstanding competitive toughness: stuck around at Alabama behind multiple NFL quarterbacks, stepped up into leadership position on the best teams in college football; very physically tough in the pocket, willing to get hit. Fun-loving guy with an infectious energy that will rally the team around him.

Weaknesses

  • Does not have the raw physical talent to threaten vertically consistently; relies on mechanics to deliver the ball, so will struggle to make difficult throws off-platform
  • Certainly not a great athlete; doughy body, will not create outside the pocket and make plays with his legs/feet
  • Only started 16 games in college and played with the best supporting cast possible; could struggle with lesser talent around him, receivers will not be as open as he accustomed to

NFL Comparison

Derek Carr (Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders 2014 – Present)

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I cover and write about the NFL, the NFL Draft, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. I am originally from Hershey, PA and was raised a Pittsburgh sports fan. I went to Boston College for undergrad and am currently finishing a Master's degree in Sports Business at Temple University, concentrating in Sport Analytics.

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