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One of the more intriguing NFL quarterback prospects had his long-anticipated Pro Day – and the results were good, but not great.
Mac Jones threw in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams at Alabama’s Pro Day on Tuesday, one of a few top Crimson Tide prospects who worked out for NFL scouts. Jones himself wasn’t entirely impressed with his performance.
“I came out here and slung it around,” Jones saud, per NFL Network. “Obviously, I wish I had a bunch of throws back, but it is what it is. I’ll watch the tape and of course I’m going to be a little frustrated by the ones I missed.”
Jones is a perplexing NFL prospect. His 2020 season at Alabama was wildly impressive, leading his team to a national championship and compiling 4,500 yards and 41 touchdowns to just four interceptions. Wide receiver Devonta Smith, who won the Heisman with Alabama this season, famously said he would take Jones over fellow Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
That said, there are certainly questions as to how his skills will translate to the NFL level. Jones is not mobile, and certainly doesn’t have the athleticism that the league’s top quarterbacks possess. Additionally, he played with NFL prospects across his team, and consistently threw to wide-open receivers.
For many scouts, Jones’ Pro Day performance confirmed what many already think about him.
“I thought it was a solid workout,” Jeremiah told NFL.com. “When you look (Trevor) Lawrence, (Trey) Lance and even Davis Mills at Stanford, I think they have a little more juice. A little bit more life on the football. Everything was smooth (for Jones). Everything was very comfortable and poised.”
One prospect who did steal the show at Alabama’s Pro Day was cornerback Patrick Surtain, who is considered to be a first-round talent. Surtain ran a 4.46 40-yard dash, solidifying that he has the elite speed to cover the NFL’s top receivers.
“The fact that he ran in the mid 4.4s, to me, I think he answered any questions that existed about his speed,” Bucky Brooks said on the NFL Network. “This is a guy who is a plug-and-play player. I expect him to have immediate success at the next level.”
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