Mac Jones: Rookie of the Year!
In the NFL Draft 2021, five quarterbacks were drafted in the first round. Three within the first three picks. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Trevor Lawrence from Clemson as the number one pick. Then, the New York Jets selected Zach Wilson and San Francisco 49ers selected Trey Lance.
The Chicago Bears traded picks with the New York Giants to move up and acquired Justin Fields.
These quarterbacks were supposed to be the next best generation for the NFL. They can still be the elite class in a few years. But none of these quarterbacks has the knowledge, arm strength, pocket presence, and footwork as Mac Jones.
In the first round, the New England Patriots selected Mac Jones (from Alabama) as the 15th pick. His former teammates WRs Devonta Smith (Eagles) and Jaylen Waddle (Dolphins), were selected. Smith won the Heisman Trophy, but it was Jones who threw him the ball. Jones replaced Cam Newton as the starting quarterback and has progressed each week. The NFL will be entering week 13 and Jones has been impressive.
Jones ranks fifth in passing completion with 70.5%, tenth in passing yards with 2850 yards. That is 28 yards shy of Aaron Rodgers and 82 yards behind Dak Prescott. Jones's passing rating is at 97.1, higher than Justin Herbert, Carson Wentz, and Patrick Mahomes.
But Jones was never considered a good quarterback. He was overlooked by many NFL scouts, professional analysts, and the media. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick knew that there was something special about Mac Jones. The All 4 Downs Podcast, Ovi Muniz and Joe Aguiar, knew that Jones would become a star and immediately impact the NFL.
The Patriots are sitting in first place with an 8-4 record and are currently on a six-game winning streak. They are undefeated on the road (5-0) and travel to Buffalo (7-4) for an AFC East showdown.
Jones has been far the most successful rookie quarterback from the NFL draft 2021. He is in the best system, best head coach, and the best offensive coordinator in the league. Furthermore, it is evident that Jones is disciplined and does not show emotions when making a mistake. He goes back to the tablet and talks it over with his coaches. Similar to Tom Brady, Jones is leading the Patriots into a playoff position as a rookie.