The first four quarterbacks in the 2021 draft class are Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields and Trey Lance. All of them are projected to go in the top 10, and now a fifth quarterback may be joining them.
Over the last few months, Alabama quarterback Mac Jones has seen his draft stock steadily rise. His performance down in Mobile, Ala. at the Senior Bowl helped his case, as did his performance during the Crimson Tide’s pro day on Tuesday.
His former head coach, Nick Saban, was asked what a team will get out of Jones on the next level. His response:
“I think you’re gonna fall in love with a guy that is really a hard worker. Good leader,” Saban said, via a tweet from the NFL Network. “The guy is very committed to being the best player that he can be. He’s smart. He’s going to know the offense inside out.
“He makes quick decisions. He’s got great judgment, and he’s very accurate with the ball. I think the combination of those things is going to make him a fine player to the next level.”
“The guy is very committed to being the best player he could be.” pic.twitter.com/BymbRB83qW
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 23, 2021
Jones led the nation in passing yards (4,500), completion percentage (77.4%) and yards per attempt (11.2) in 2020, and he continued to get better during his 17 college starts. His numbers from Tuesday’s pro day were impressive too.
Numbers from Alabama QB Mac Jones' pro day submitted to the league:
Height: 6-2 5/8
40-yard dash: 4.72, 4.68
Vertical jump: 32 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 8 inches
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 23, 2021
It’s a pro day, so that 40 time is likely fudged a bit. But he at least ran in that 4.8 range, which is a great time for him.
Don’t be surprised if you hear five quarterbacks called during the first part of the NFL draft next month.
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