Mac Jones had the highest QBR vs. top 25 opponents among all QB’s with at least 100 pass attempts since 2014. (To qualify, the player must start 75% of his team's games). Mac Jones had a fantastic season in 2020. Jones ascension up NFL draft boards, earning a potential first-round projection from a lot of scouts. Jones is a pure pocket passer with good mobility. He is an anticipatory thrower who identifies the opening in coverage and leads his receivers to that spot. Jones doesn't wow you with his physique, and he won't wow anyone with arm strength, but it is his ability to go through his progressions and find the open man while navigating the pocket that sets him apart. Jones will not wow anyone with off-platform throws or wild adlibbing, but in a prostyle system that involves timing and rhythm passing, he can excel.
Other Considerations If Available:
BYU QB Zach Wilson or Ohio State QB Justin Fields or Alabama QB Mac Jones
The 49'ers have many needs starting in their secondary, where they may need to replace Richard Sherman, Jason Verrett, and K’Waun Williams to free agency. They also need to consider the future at QB as many believe that Jimmy G is not the answer. The 49ers could trade up or even trade back depending on the free-agent decisions in their secondary. If they go QB in the 12th spot, they could go with Kyle Trask or Trey Lance. In our first mock draft back in January, we had the 49ers going with the best available WR at the time (Ja'Marr Chase). Chase will not be falling to the 49'ers in this spot, and because this mock does not have trades, we go with the safe pick in VA Tech CB Caleb Farley. (The 49ers have recently traded up to the 3rd pick). The different scenarios include, Jets take Zach Wilson, and the 49ers go with Mac Jones, Justin Fields, or Trey Lance. But if the Jets roll with Darnold, the 49ers might go the Zach Wilson route. Popular opinion would believe that the Jets need to reopen their window with a rookie QB.