SJ - March 26, 2021
First off we all know Mel Kiper is always right all the time. Secondly, to be fair to Mel, he compared Mac Jones to Tom Brady, he didn't call the former Alabama quarterback the next Brady.
Kiper, who butters his bread during mock draft season, predicted in a recent mock draft that the Patriots will take Jones with the No. 15 overall pick. He then went on a Boston area radio show and heaped praise on the draft hopeful.
From Larry Brown Sports:
“What you need with a quarterback is competitiveness though the roof, Mac Jones has that. Tom Brady had that,” Kiper said. “You need to have an incredibly smart quarterback, that’s Mac Jones. That was Tom Brady. It is Tom Brady. Certainly, that leadership, that ability to galvanize, Mac has that — coming out of Michigan, coming out of Alabama. So, there are similarities there.”
Kiper recognizes that he is lifting expectations for Jones to a high level, but he explained why he thinks Jones can handle them.
“It’s going to be unfortunate that people are going to have those high expectations if he goes to New England that they are getting the next Tom Brady, but that is life in the big city as they say. No matter where you go you’re going to be expected to be really, really good.
“Mac playing at Alabama is probably prepared for that probably more than anybody else. This notion that they have all the talent around him allowed him to be successful is unfair. Tua had more talent around him than Mac Jones did, so there you go.”
The mock draft season is one of my favorite times of year. It's the time of year when so-called experts take wild guesses based on almost nothing and NFL fans are force-fed the often wrong predictions. What a time to be alive!
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