2021 NFL Draft Prospect QB Mac Jones
Updated: Apr 11
Mac Jones 2021 Draft Profile:
The 6’3”, 214-pound junior from Alabama had a Heisman caliber season last year. He threw for 4,500 yards, 41 TD’s, and only 4 INTs. He also completed a ridiculous 77.4% of his passes and had a QB rating of 203.1 (which is higher than all of the other top QBs have ever had in a college season). Obviously, Mac Jones had the Heisman trophy winner, Devonta Smith, and the top RB in this class in Najee Harris. However, the stats (and the film) speak for themselves and they show Mac Jones is fully capable of reading defenses and standing in the pocket. He does everything you would want in a pocket passer. He works through his progressions well and does a good job of leading his receivers open.
He does have a couple weaknesses that have many people ranking him as the 5th QB in this class (behind Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, and Trey Lance). Jones is the worst QB of the five when it comes to being able to rush the ball, as he only has 42 yards and 2 TDs on the ground in his college career. He also does not have great arm strength when compared to other prospects. He certainly has the ability to throw it deep, but he’s not someone who you can rely on to consistently throw it accurate down the field.
One alarming stat with Mac Jones is that 34% of his passes were at or behind the line of scrimmage (145 of 424 attempts). For comparison, Tua also had a higher percentage at 31%, Herbert had 29%, Kyler Murray had 31%, and Joe Burrow had a low 16%. Obviously, Mac Jones isn’t too much higher than those listed, but it is a cause for concern over his ability to get the ball down field. It could also be a scheme thing within the Alabama offense.
I believe has the tools to succeed in the NFL. He can stand in the pocket, throw it accurately, and be able to lead a team. However, Mac Jones lacks athletic ability and strong play making ability outside the pocket. He will excel in an offense with good weapons around him and good protection from the O-line. I could see him being a low level to average starter in the NFL.
Best Case: Sam Bradford
Worst Case: Josh Rosen