Charlie Weis really likes Mac Jones as potential next quarterback of Patriots

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When it comes to the next quarterback of the Patriots, the organization could go in a number of different directions -- free agency, trade or draft.

If the team decides to go the draft route, former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis really likes Alabama quarterback Mac Jones.

"You talk about being around good players. Yeah, he was around good players. But playing on a team with a bunch of stars, who is the leader of the offense?" Weis said, via ESPN's Mike Reiss. "He also had to make all those throws. I think the kid is an excellent quarterback. He has less holes than just about anybody."

ESPN's Mel Kiper has the Patriots selecting Jones at No. 15 overall in his latest mock draft.

"If you're looking for a guy that's going to be running for 30 yards on a regular basis, that's not your guy. But he can move in the pocket, and from the pocket, and run the ball when he absolutely needs to.

"When you talk about Trevor Lawrence, what makes him so special is that he can do everything Mac Jones can and he's athletic. [Justin] Fields, really good player. Zach Wilson, really good player. The kid from North Dakota State [Trey Lance], really good player.

"But this guy, [Jones], he's the one making all the plays. All he does is win and throw completions."

Weis, who was with the Patriots from 1993-96 and then again as offensive coordinator from 2000-04, compared Jones to Drew Brees in 2001.

"He went in the second round because everyone said, 'He doesn't take any snaps under center and his arm is not strong enough.' All he did was play great at Purdue, and complete almost every pass," Weis said. "How has that worked out?"

This goes against what Mike Rodak of AL.com said Sunday afternoon when appearing on Fitzy & Hart.