It would make a lot of sense.
Bill Belichick and Nick Saban are very close friends. The Patriots have selected 11 players coached by Saban since 2000. New England needs a quarterback. So, could the Patriots draft Alabama quarterback Mac Jones at No. 15 overall?
Jones looked spectacular in the 52-24 win over Ohio State in the National Championship Monday night when he finished 36-for-45 passing for a national title game record 464 yards and five touchdowns.
For the year, Jones competed 77 percent of his passes for 4,500 yards, 41 touchdowns and four interceptions. Based on numbers alone, he’s a first-round selection, but the biggest question when evaluating him is how much of that is because of the talent he’s playing with?
Monday’s national title game was a prime example.
Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith finished 12 receptions for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the first half before leaving the game early in the third quarter with a finger injury. The 12 receptions were a CFP title game record and the 215 receiving yards were the second most in a CFP or BCS game.
Smith isn’t the only NFL receiver on Alabama’s roster and it also helps having a running back like Najee Harris.
So, where will Jones go in April’s draft, and are the Patriots in play?
“When you look at Mac Jones, middle of the first round sits the New England Patriots,” Kiper said recently on ESPN’s Get Up. “We know about the Saban-Belichick connection. Is Mac Jones going to be a Patriot? We’ll see. That’s, I think, the ceiling, as high as Mac Jones could come off the board is the middle of the first round.”
When it comes to draft stock, a lot can change between now and late April, and we expect that to be the case with Jones. How are his measurements compared to the other quarterbacks? How does he look at whatever workouts take place? How does he interview with teams?
It really will be fascinating to see where Jones fits on draft boards given the talent on Alabama’s roster. As for the Patriots, they certainly will get as much information as they can on him given their need at the QB position.
Should be an interesting few months.