The Bears grab Jones in hopes he is the future franchise quarterback Mitch Trubisky was supposed to be. Jones can provide immediate competition for Andy Dalton, and if Jones shows some positive signs as a rookie, that might be good enough to buy the front office and coaching staff another year.
Jones was a decisive passer in 2020, showing a quality arm, some accuracy and good decision-making. As is so often the case with players from Alabama, Jones benefited from a great supporting cast and extra media attention. He completed 77 percent of his passes on the year for 4,500 yards with 41 touchdowns and four interceptions.
During the fall, WalterFootball.com sought opinions on Jones from five different teams regarding. Three had a fourth-round grade on Jones, one had him on the bubble between Rounds 2 and 3, and one team gave him a second-round grade. Quarterbacks can rise through the draft process, and Jones' work ethic, intelligence, and intangibles could cause coaches, like Kyle Shanahan, to fall in love.
"[Jones is] a stronger-armed Jake Fromm," said one area scout. "He distributes the ball well to all those great weapons. Jones has some ability. His arm is good enough, a little stronger than Jake's. Mac can anticipate, and sees the field well. I think he could have a career in the NFL similar to Matt Barkley." Another team source that had graded Jones (6-2, 214) in the fourth round said they felt Jones was a shorter A.J. McCarron. Jones obviously is going to go a lot higher than Barkley or McCarron, but scouts feel his skill set is similar to those quarterbacks. Jones may end up being more of a Kirk Cousins- or Matt Schaub-caliber starter in the NFL.
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Rd: 6 Pk: 44