Mel Keper Jr. gave the New England Patriots the seal of approval on Friday.
The Patriots on Thursday night stood down in the first round and picked Alabama defender McJones with a 15th-place pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.This made Kiper and New England one of Round 1 “winners”. Of him since published on ESPN.com.
why? Selection not only But represents good value for the patriot ESPN NFL drafting experts also believe Jones shares many of the same traits that have made Tom Brady’s long-standing New England growth.
“And I love it, and Bill Belichick & Co. doesn’t have to trade it for Jones,” Kiper wrote. He will be able to reach the middle of Round 1. He will compete with Cam Newton and Jarrett Stiedam. At the rival Auburn) for the current QB1event, and I think he has a chance to play early. Will the offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels coach him so hard now the Patriots can upgrade at the pass-catcher on day 2? Their next choice is No. 46 “
Three defenders were chosen to start the draft: Trevor Lawrence to Jacksonville Jaguars, Zach Wilson to the New York Jets and Trey Lance to the San Francisco 49ers, after which other QBs didn’t go until the Chicago Bears moved up from the ranks. 20 was 11th to select Justin Fields, Ohio.
Jones is the fifth transmitter from the board, landing with New England despite numerous pre-draft speculation on whether Bill Belichic will be in exchange for a future defender franchise. And the Patriots were given some serious praise, which Kiper added while taking stock of the first round.
Belichic said in explaining the Jones draft decision that Cam Newton remained the New England defender. We’ll look at how long it will take to make the transition, as the Patriots appear to be recovering in 2021 after overwhelming 2020, where they posted 7-9 statistics and missed the playoffs.