There’s a considerable buzz surrounding the San Francisco 49ers and their intentions after trading up to the No. 3 pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
More and more of that talk surrounds Mac Jones and the possibility of him heading to the Bay Area. ESPN’s Todd McShay is projecting the former Alabama quarterback going to the 49ers based on intel “from the people in and around the San Francisco situation.”
Both San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch were in Tuscaloosa for a second Pro Day featuring Jones. That fueled speculation but there wasn’t much communication between the 49ers and Nick Saban.
Appearing on the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, Saban described his interaction with Shanahan during the Pro Day event.
“He didn’t ask me a thing,” Saban said. “I said hi to him, John Lynch too. They did not ask anything about him. Maybe they thought they weren’t allowed to because on the Pro Day floor, which is where I saw them, I think they — I don’t know all their rules but I think their rule is they aren’t really allowed to talk to me.”
It’s hard to read much into the interaction or lack thereof since there appears to be some confusion about the rules involved.
“So I stood by Belichick,” Saban continued, referring to his old boss and longtime friend Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. “We didn’t really talk but I don’t know what their rules are and I don’t know the reason for what some of their rules are but it is what it is.”
Saban said he and Belichick talk often “by phone or whatever.”
“We always talk about whatever we need to talk about,” Saban said.
Going further on Jones’ pro prospects, Saban told Patrick that he speaks about his 2020 starter a lot like the way Cal coaches described Aaron Rodgers when he was in the draft. Saban was the Dolphins when Rodgers was coming out of school and his coaches spoke about his intelligence and accuracy with the ball
Miami drafted Auburn running back Ronnie Brown with the No. 2 pick that year while Rodgers tumbled to No. 24 and the Packers. He’s still there.