Mac Jones and Pat Fryermuth
If you’re a fan of the New England Patriots, you’d be lying to yourself if you said you weren’t interested in the team that will recruit Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in the second round. The chances of that happening are slim, but you can’t blame Bill Belichick for trying.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Patriots will be able to take two players who have drawn comparisons to two great Patriots and the current Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Jones at 15, good or bad?
A few wrong choices allowed the Patriots to fill a quarterback spot with Alabama star Mack Jones. After Jones impressed during the Senior Bowl last week, there was a little more talk of the 22-year-old landing in New England.
It is true that Jones appears to be the fourth or fifth best quarterback in the draft this season. This is a preliminary assessment, as apparently none of the highly regarded quarterbacks have played in the NFL.
At this point, however, it may be difficult to find someone to take Jones’ place in place of Trevor Lawrence of Clemson, Justin Fields of Ohio State, Zach Wilson of BYU or Trey Lance of North Dakota State.
Do the Patriots think Jones is worth the 15th spot? We’ll find out.
Freyermuth at 47, good or bad?
Fryermuth in a Patriots jersey looks like a natural. He grew up a Patriots fan in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and was idolized by Gronkowski. For that reason, he decided to wear the number 87. His rugged style earned him the nickname “Baby Gronk,” which makes this little exercise even more fun.
Fryermuth is not as athletic as Kyle Pitts, Florida’s incredible pass catcher, and he is also considered by some scouts to be an overall candidate a bit behind Brevin Jordan of Miami, Florida. Nevertheless, Fryermuth is arguably a better blocker than both Pitts and Jordan, and that could make him the kind of all-around candidate the Patriots generally need at this stage.
I’d rather see them pick Pitts, who looks like a player despite his blocking flaws, but New England may have to make a trade to take him. Without a move, Fryermouth actually seems like the more practical choice.
Ceiling for the duo
It all comes down to who can get Jones to the NFL. Nick Saban’s quarterbacks at Alabama did not do well in the NFL. They are usually surrounded by great talent in college, and that seems to help hide their weaknesses.
It’s a good sign that Jones is doing well as a senior, far from the cocoon of Bama, but you still wonder if he has what it takes to be a quarterback franchisee, let alone be like Brady.
Frankly, the Patriots would probably be content to see him better than Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham and any other quarterbacks available to them.
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Frequently asked questions
What did the Patriots get for Gronk?
Why did Tom Brady and Gronck leave the Patriots?
Ultimately, Brady left because he wanted to quit, as Patriots owner Robert Kraft made clear in March. “If he had wanted to be here, we would have made a deal,” Robert Kraft told the Boston Globe in March.
Gronkowski followed Brady?
Brady signed a two-year deal with the Bucs last month, and Gronkowski followed suit this week by combining non-participation and trade.
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