The 2021 NFL Draft has great quarterbacks after Lawrence and Fields but where do they fit?
We’re more than halfway through the 2020 NFL season and it’s that time of the year where it’s clear which teams are in the market for a quarterback. The 2021 NFL Draft will have a few guys who’ll pique the interest of NFL teams.
Of course, the prized prospects are Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields. Any team looking for a quarterback will look to do whatever it takes to nab one of those two guys. However, unless you’re a fan of the Jags or Jets, your team has no shot.
No need to worry. There’s a quarterback for all those teams desperate for a rookie. After all, a quarterback is only as good as the team that drafts him. Despite a great skill-set and tools, we saw the Jets’ Sam Darnold take a step back. He could see his replacement drafted if and when a new regime coming in.
On the other hand, Kyler Murray took a step forward with the Cardinals thanks to the people around him. With that said, we’ll take a look at the perfect marriage between quarterback prospects and NFL teams with those not named Lawrence or Fields from the 2021 NFL Draft class.
Mac Jones, QB, Alabama – Best 2021 NFL Draft Fit: New Orleans Saints
Coming into the 2020 NFL season, the New Orleans Saints had the league’s deepest quarterback room. The future Hall of Famer, Drew Brees led the way, a former No. 1 overall pick in Jameis Winston and Mr. Everything Taysom Hill.
However, not one is guaranteed to be in the building by 2022 and some as early as next season. The Saints avoided drafting a potential replacement for Bree but the time has come. Alabama’s Mac Jones is ideally suited to take over for Brees in Sean Payton’s offense.
The 6-2, 214-pound passer does his best work on timing throws. He’s extremely accurate with PFF highlighting that “only 10.4 percent of his targets this season have been deemed uncatchable.” Jones doesn’t have the elite arm strength scouts love. Well, Payton’s offense doesn’t need a quarterback with an elite arm. Jones’ intellect is evident by his willingness to dump the ball off to ensure he’s making the smart play. The Saints have one of the best receiving backs in the NFL.
Moreover, Jones has sneaky suddenness inside the pocket. Jones is also fearless, showing the willingness to play through the trash. And deliver throws when things get messy around him. The Saints and Jones are a match made in football heaven — make it happen.