NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks had some interesting comments about Alabama Crimson Tide star Mac Jones.
Jones is widely considered to be a top-five prospect and many believe he could go No. 3 overall to the San Francisco 49ers, but Brooks is questioning what Jones has done to be worthy of such a high selection.
In Brooks’ eyes, Jones benefitted from being surrounded by top tier talent in the Alabama offense and if you take him out of that system he could just be Tony Stark aka Ironman without his suit.
“The first round of the NFL draft is generally reserved for superheroes,” Brooks said, via NFL.com. “And the prospects with the most extraordinary physical gifts are viewed within the scouting community as top-10 talents due to their ability to transform franchises. With that standard in mind, I just don’t understand why Mac Jones is being hailed as a potential top-five pick in the 2021 class.
“Now, of course, many of the other quarterbacks in this class played alongside five-star talents, but Jones lacks superpowers as a player himself. What happens to Tony Stark when you take away his suit?”
This season, Jones threw for 4,500 passing yards, 41 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Jones led the nation in passing yards, completion percentage, passer rating (203.06), and yards per attempt (11.2) while helping the Crimson Tide win a national championship.
Will Jones’ success translate to the next level or will he prove to be a product of the system? Only time will tell.
The 86th annual NFL Draft will be held across three days from April 29 to May 1.
This year’s draft will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, incorporating FirstEnergy Stadium, the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, and the Great Lakes Science Center.