Invoice Belichick has lastly added a first-round quarterback. The Patriots have chosen Alabama quarterback Mac Jones with the No. 15 choose.
The Patriots naturally struggled to interchange Tom Brady in 2020. When the staff re-signed Cam Newton earlier this offseason, there was loads of hypothesis that the staff may nonetheless pivot to the draft (or the commerce market) to search out their future QB. There have been even rumblings that New England would climb up the draft board in pursuit of the sign caller. Finally, one of many top-five quarterbacks fell into their lap with out requiring any strikes.
Jones naturally lands in an excellent spot, however it wouldn’t be stunning if the Alabama product is a bit upset about his slide down the board. Jones wasn’t anticipated to leap Trevor Lawrence or Zach Wilson, however there have been whispers that the 49ers had been contemplating Jones all the best way again on the No. 3 choose. Finally, San Francisco opted for Trey Lance, and Jones additionally obtained leaped by Justin Fields, who went to the Bears at No. 11.
Though Jones was the least cellular of this yr’s prime QB prospects, he piloted one other dominant Alabama staff to an unbeaten season and a nationwide championship. The 6-foot-2, 217-pound quarterback threw 41 landing passes, in comparison with 4 interceptions, and averaged 11.2 yards per try. He acquired the identical benefits Tagovailoa did, in throwing to a number of first-round receiver abilities. Each these wideouts — DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle — mentioned they most popular Jones to Tua.
Barring a time machine from Newton (or a miraculous turnaround from Jarrett Stidham), Jones will presumably be the Patriots starter by the top of the 2021 marketing campaign. New England has loaded up their offense with targets, together with tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith and wideouts Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. Whereas the Patriots by no means actually had a purpose to pick a first-round QB with Brady underneath middle, it’s going to now be fascinating to see how Belichick offers with such a high-profile prospect.