Mike Tannenbaum continued to drum Mac Jones ahead of the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, even suggesting the New England Patriots trade to take over defender Alabama.
So when Bill Belichick stood dab Thursday night and picked Jones 15th overall, the former NFL executive couldn’t help but advise the longtime Patriots coach / general manager.
“It’s an outstanding performance by Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots and that’s why,” Tannenbaum said on “Get Up” on ESPN on Friday. “You have two teams behind you in Washington and Pittsburgh. Who need a quarterback as well And if I were them, I was thinking of giving up the third round – perhaps the fourth round pick, even though I had to go up to Minnesota at one point to make sure I could get Mc Jones. The fact that they would get Mac Jones, who were in the debate as the top five pick at age 15 and surrender without the tundra, is remarkable. And I admire his patience, and it couldn’t have worked any better for the Patriots. ”
As expected, the top three are defenders: Trevor Lawrence to Jacksonville Jaguars, Zach Wilson to the New York Jets and Trey Lance to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Niners, traded from No. 12 to No. 3 in a giant pre-draft blockbuster with the Miami Dolphins, were linked with Jones, but eventually they opted for Lance, a less-experienced opportunity that could have higher ceilings and floors. lower.
Then both Jones and Justin Field moved up until the Chicago Bears traded from No. 20 to No. 11 to select Ohio state products. That sealed Jones’ fate in New England’s first-round pick of 15th, which was a delight to both him and Belichic – and the admiration of Tannenbaum, who in the past had. Served as the general manager of the Jets and Dolphins. Executive Vice President of Football Operations
The NFL draft continues Friday night with Rounds 2 and 3 and Saturday and Rounds 4 through 7.