Insider picks Alabama’s Mac Jones as Broncos’ ‘most meaningful’ QB
With the NFL Draft set to begin April 29, the league’s rumor mill is firing on all cylinders. The Denver Broncos currently hold the 9th pick in the draft and general manager George Paton has been linked with several quarterback prospects after attending both Pro Days for North Dakota State’s Trey Lance and State’s Justin Fields. from Ohio.
Paton sent Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to the QB’s second Pro Day. Countless draft simulation projects that Denver will swap to pick one of the two QBs or hope one of them slides straight to them at No.9.
While the dual-threat QB debate would be best suited to Denver, an unlikely name continues to pop up in association with the Broncos.
Wednesday, 9 NEWS‘Mike Klis appeared on 104.3 The fanof The reader where he was asked about the Denver QB hunt and blurted out his QB Darkhorse for the Broncos.
“Will pass [pick] 4 is something George Paton may not want to do, ”Klis told hosts Tyler Polumbus and Darren McKee. “I still think Mac Jones is the most meaningful guy for the Denver Broncos.”
While I can hear the collective sigh and see Broncos Country’s eye roll, it’s important to understand that where there is smoke, there is usually fire. Klis has continuously suggests to Paton being interested in writing the Alabama QB for the past three months, and that’s nothing to laugh at.
Last season, Jones played 13 games for the Crimson Tide, passing for an impressive 4,500 yards and 41 touchdowns with just four interceptions while completing 77.4 percent of his shots. As well as being a 2020 Consensus All-American, he won the 2020 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is awarded to the most outstanding senior QB in the country.
The 6-foot-3, 214-pound caller finished third in the Heisman Trophy vote in 2020 and has seen his stock project soar since February. I was on site at the Senior Bowl to assess the 22-year-old QB.
Jones’ performance over the weeks of practice made him a first round in good faith to most scouts, coaches and analysts. He has shown accuracy, precision and touching football in a variety of formations and has proven to have an underrated arm that can always throw the ball deep.
The Broncos met Jones during the Senior Bowl, and Paton sent scouts and staff to his Pro Days in March, although the GM did not attend himself. Oddly, however, Paton did not physically attend the Senior Bowl either. Instead, the GM opted to attend Fields ‘Professional Day which was held on the same day as Jones’.
Jones is widely described as non-athletic, immobile, and the pocket statue of the past. However, there is the theory that he would be the perfect candidate for Shurmur’s spreading offensive.
Jones has a keen eye for football, especially when it comes to reading covers. His cinematic study also demonstrates an innate ability to make anticipatory throws in addition to distributing the ball evenly among receivers.
Maybe Paton’s tin hat theory monitoring Jones from a distance to cover up his true preference for “ Bama QB ” is the screwed up. Or maybe Jones is Paton’s ideal QB target seen as the franchise’s future QB who could bring back the bacon for the Broncos.