Alabama QB Mac Jones falls into Patriots’ lap in 2021 NFL Draft

Alabama QB Mac Jones falls into Patriots’ lap in 2021 NFL Draft

April 30, 2021

Mac Jones tumbled a dozen picks after the San Francisco 49ers bypassed him with the third pick Thursday in the 2021 NFL Draft – right into the laps of Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

The former Alabama quarterback was the fifth player at his position selected in the first round, landing in Foxborough as the potential long-term replacement for Tom Brady.

The 6-foot-3 Jones threw for 4,500 yards with 41 touchdowns and four interceptions in 13 games as a junior last season before becoming the first quarterback Belichick has drafted with a first-round pick while with the Patriots.

“It was fine, you just sit around and wait, and I’m just so blessed to be a part of a great organization,” Jones said when asked on ESPN what it felt like to fall to the middle of the first round. “It’s not really where you get picked it’s what you do with the opportunity. That’s what [Alabama] Coach [Nick] Saban told me, and I’m just going to follow that.”

The Pats re-signed Brady’s first-year replacement, Cam Newton, in March after finishing 7-9 and missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008.

Jones redshirted as a freshman at Alabama and replaced Tua Tagovailoa as a sophomore when the now-Dolphins QB suffered multiple injuries. Jones won 17 of 18 starts for the Crimson Tide, leading his team to an undefeated season and a national championship in 2020.

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