Mac Jones to New England Patriots makes a ton of sense to former OC Charlie Weis (report)
Though Mac Jones may not have the raw tools of his fellow first-round quarterbacks, Charlie Weis thinks New England is a logical landing spot.
His reasoning is simple: All Jones does is win games. As a junior, Jones led to Crimson Tide to an undefeated season and National Championship, completing an NCAA record 77.4% of his passes.
“What are the two most important components of a star quarterback? They have the ‘it’ factor. And they’re accurate. That’s who he was,” Weis said on Sirius XM radio.
The former Patriots offensive coordinator went more in depth with ESPN’s Mike Reiss over the weekend. The knock on most Alabama quarterbacks is that they’re playing with absurd skill-position players, but Weis doesn’t see anything detrimental there. He may not have the combine numbers, but he’s got the right ones in the win column.
“If you’re looking for a guy that’s going to be running for 30 yards on a regular basis, that’s not your guy,” Weis told Reiss. “But he can move in the pocket, and from the pocket, and run the ball when he absolutely needs to. When you talk about Trevor Lawrence, what makes him so special is that he can do everything Mac Jones can and he’s athletic. [Justin] Fields, really good player. Zach Wilson, really good player. The kid from North Dakota State [Trey Lance], really good player.
“But this guy, [Jones], he’s the one making all the plays. All he does is win and throw completions.”
The Patriots hold the No. 15 overall pick in this spring’s NFL Draft, and they met with Jones last month at the Senior Bowl. Obviously, they have a need at the quarterback position, and ESPN guru Mel Kiper Jr. has the Patriots taking Jones in his latest mock draft. On Get Up, Kiper said Bill Belichick may see some Tom Brady in Jones’ skillset.
“Mac Jones is going to be interesting,” Kiper said. “Because New England with Tom Brady, think about Alabama, Mac Jones, and the Belichick-(Nick) Saban connection. Not great athleticism. Not great mobility. That’s Mac Jones. But tremendous accuracy to all levels. I saw some reason to believe that Belichick may see a little Brady in Mac Jones coming out. I like that Saban-Belichick connection, it probably makes too much sense.”
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