Champion Mindset

Champion Mindset

Mac Jones seems to be flying up draft boards lately and it certainly isn’t too difficult to see why. For the national championship winning starting QB, 2020 was a dream. He was the recipient of the Davey O'Brien, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, and Manning Awards as well as a Heisman trophy finalist which went to his Receiver DeVonta Smith. Jones was also a consensus All-American with mind blowing stats of 4,500 yards passing, a 41/4 touchdown to interception ratio and a 77.4 completion percentage. 


No wonder teams are flocking to the 6’3” 214 pound signal caller! 


When you watch Jones play you feel like you’re watching a seasoned NFL veteran competing against an outmatched defense. He shows tremendous poise and the ability to make throws under duress. His pocket presence is excellent and he often climbs the pocket to buy time which is ideal since he’s certainly no dual-threat although he has the ability to throw on the run and is actually great at it but he’s definitely a pocket passer nonetheless. 


Jones’ deep ball is fairly underrated as he consistently “dropped it in the bucket” downfield in 2020. He may not have the most powerful arm but he can chuck it deep with top tier touch on the ball. The first thing that stood out to me about Jones was his touch on the ball. From bombs to lasers to screens or just an over the middle slant he shows great touch and accuracy. As an anticipatory type passer, he specializes with “about to be open” throws where he releases the ball while estimating where targets are going to be. 


He’s a smart player and a natural born leader making him an ideal Quarterback since he was just 5 years old. His knowledge of the game and ability to read defenses has NFL scouts drooling, not to mention his perfect 4.0 GPA and the fact that he regularly volunteers at a food bank and speaks at Pop Warner camps. The kid is a complete Boy Scout! 


There’s not a whole lot of negatives to speak of on Jones’ game but one thing that isn’t ideal is his lack of experience. Only starting 17 games and attempting 556 passes isn’t a very big sample but that’s fairly common these days. 


I’m very high on Jones but no matter how you slice it, he’s not an elite talent. He’s a smart player who used his talented weapon arsenal very well. He definitely has the potential to become a franchise Quarterback but he’s certainly no Trevor Lawrence. There’s a lot of hype about his amazing stats but if you look deeper you’ll find that of his 4,500 passing yards, more than half (53.5%) were yards after the catch. That’s awfully high. A whopping 34.1% of his pass attempts last season were thrown to targets at or behind the line of scrimmage. That’s not necessarily cause for concern but the fact that he’s throwing 145 passes in 13 games at the line or behind it is eyebrow raising. 


At face value Mac Jones is a gunslinger with a super macho name. 


Dig a little deeper and Michael McCorkle Jones is a super smart game manager who can get the job done. 


He’s currently projected to go in the mid to late first round and I think that’s about right but he would most likely be a higher pick if it weren’t for this year’s strong QB class. 


In the right situation, I see Jones having great success in the pros and I wouldn’t mind one bit if my Pats take him at #15. He has the mindset of a champion and that’s just something you can’t teach. 


Thanks for reading and as always, stay true. 

 

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