The New England Patriots chosen quarterback Mac Jones with the fifteenth choose within the NFL draft on Thursday night time, hoping they’ve discovered their franchise signal-caller one season after Tom Brady’s free-agent departure.
The Patriots entered Thursday not understanding if they’d have an opportunity at Jones, who had been extensively rumored to be a prime candidate for the San Francisco 49ers with the third general choose. However when the 49ers chosen North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, it opened the door for a Jones-Patriots pairing, particularly after the Chicago Bears traded as much as No. 11 to pick out Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.
Jones was requested on the ESPN broadcast what the curler coaster was like as he needed to wait till No. 15 to be chosen.
“It was tremendous, I imply you simply sit round and wait and I am simply so blessed to be part of an awesome group and it is not likely the place you get picked, it is what you do with the chance and that is what [Alabama] Coach [Nick] Saban informed me so I am simply gonna observe that,” he stated.
Patriots coach Invoice Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels attended Jones’ second professional day in Alabama on March 30. Jones possible got here with a excessive advice from Saban, who’s considered one of Belichick’s closest pals and trusted confidants.
The 6-foot-2 and 217-pound Jones entered the draft after his redshirt junior season, and did not make his first profession begin till late in 2019 when Tua Tagovailoa was injured. He then beat out five-star freshman Bryce Younger for the beginning job in the summertime of 2020, occurring to throw for 4,500 yards and 41 touchdowns to assist Alabama win the CFP Nationwide Championship.
Jones performed his greatest within the highest-stakes recreation, going 36-of-45 for 464 yards and 5 touchdowns within the title recreation in opposition to Ohio State. That set profession highs for completions, makes an attempt and passing yards.
Jones, whose accuracy and decision-making are thought-about prime property, totaled simply 4 interceptions final season whereas finishing 77.4% of his passes (an NCAA single-season report). He was considered one of Alabama’s everlasting captains in 2020, and graduated in three years with a 4.0 GPA in enterprise communications and earned a grasp’s diploma in sports activities hospitality.
One of many questions some within the NFL had with Jones is how a lot he benefited from having NFL-caliber expertise round him, with receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle and operating again Najee Harris.
The Patriots, who went 7-9 final season and missed the playoffs for the primary time since 2008, have returning starter Cam Newton, 2019 fourth-round choose Jarrett Stidham and practice-squad participant Jake Dolegala at quarterback.
The Patriots chosen quarterback Tony Eason with the fifteenth choose within the 1983 draft. Eason, Dwayne Haskins (2019, Washington) and Marc Wilson (1980, Raiders) are the one quarterbacks to be chosen in that slot.