Chicago Bears: 4 Dream scenarios in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft

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Chicago Bears, Mac Jones
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The Chicago Bears sit at 20th overall and select Mac Jones

A lot of people vomit at the idea of Mac Jones. I have been very up-and-down on my evaluation of him. Looking from the outside, Jones is an Alabama quarterback which mostly doesn’t translate well to the NFL with recently Tua Tagovailoa not looking like what people expected.

Take away the helmet though. Look at the player for what he is. Jones completed 77.4% of his passes for 4,500 yards, 41 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Specifically, in the title game, he completed 80% of his passes for 464 yards and five touchdowns. Taking the Crimson Red helmet off of him and evaluating a player on that, he sounds like an unbelievable quarterback.

For the most part, the tape backs that up too. He is incredibly accurate not only from the pocket but also on the move. He isn’t very mobile, but he can still throw on the run well when escaping the pocket. He has great awareness and vision of the field. He makes great reads and does a great job of putting the ball accurately into his teammates’ hands.

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So, why isn’t he higher? Because he isn’t flashy. He is a safe quarterback with a solid floor, but an unsure ceiling as a starter. Lots of people like guys like Lance, Wilson, and Fields who are extremely athletic as well with strong arms. Jones doesn’t quite have that.

Nonetheless, Jones is a great quarterback and he likely will be a solid starter for years. Getting him 20th overall would be a bit of a reach, but still a safe pick. He can be an instant starter as well. Some don’t like the landing spot for him, but I think he’d be a perfect fit here.