The New England Patriots used the 15th overall pick to get Mac Jones, but the quarterback ranked below his rivals. Head coach Bill Belichick got the signal caller in the first round of the 2021 NFL for a few good reasons. Jones led the Patriots to a seven-game winning streak and he has a lot to offer. However, Sam Monson from Pro Football Focus says that Jones ranked below New York Jets QB Zac Wilson and San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance.
The Jets have a good quarterback option and their roster had great performance this past season. Young Jets players developed great chemistry.
“The Jets had a much clearer intention of building around Wilson this offseason and prioritized upgrading his receiving corps in the draft,” reported Monson for Pro Football Focus. “They still hit defense with two of their first three selections, but the third was the No. 1 wide receiver on their draft board in Garrett Wilson from Ohio State. Wilson has a complete skill set for the position, averaging more than 3.0 yards per route run in each of his final two seasons in college with different quarterbacks.”
Mac Jones to be ranked above his rivals
Belichick did his best to get great weapons for Jones. The Patriots traded for DeVante Parker and signed Ty Montgomery and Tyquan Thornton. Several analysts criticized the team for the draft picks Belichick made. No one thought he’d get Cole Strange in the first round. He also got Bailey Zappe in the fourth round. Another quarterback.
“The Patriots had a curious (read: bad) draft, but they at least addressed offense and continued to build around Jones as much as possible,” Monson explained. “… They reached again for receiver Tyquan Thornton, but the Baylor receiver does at least bring blazing speed to the table, a trait missing from the New England receiving corps.”
Jones is entering a challenging season. He worked with Josh McDaniels in 2021 and the former Patriots offensive coordinator helped him unleash his potential. McDaniels is now coaching the Las Vegas Raiders. Will his departure affect Jones’ self-confidence?
“For the first time in years, New England’s offense will be called by somebody other than Josh McDaniel,” Monsoon continues. “Who exactly is in charge is a little less clear, as there is no offensive coordinator on the staff — only a collection of position assistants and Joe Judge brought back as an offensive assistant.”