Odds weren’t in the New England Patriots’ favor to land Mac Jones, but destiny must’ve been.
Despite being projected as the No. 3 pick, Jones fell to No. 15 and Bill Belichick made the call — which was revealed on Twitter before the No. 14 pick was even announced. Jones spent three seasons under Nick Saban at Alabama and he knows what to expect with a historic organization that expects greatness and perfection.
The Patriots wanted Jones all offseason and he reciprocated that energy while speaking with reporters ahead of the draft. He’s the first quarterback drafted in the first round by Belichick and he’s ecstatic to be a part of the organization.
“Absolutely,” Jones said. “This is what I wanted all along, and I can’t wait to play for really the greatest franchise in NFL history. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and we’re looking forward to it.”
“I’m looking forward to taking Coach Belichick’s coaching, and it’s gonna be a lot of fun.”
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 30, 2021
While being asked about the San Francisco 49ers passing on him with the No. 3 pick, he reiterated that sentiment.
Mac Jones: “Secretly, I really wanted to go to the Patriots all along.” pic.twitter.com/d11XiBg5w0
— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) April 30, 2021
Jones discussed how fortunate he’s been to play under legendary coaches like Saban and Belichick. Jones won two National Championships with his time at Alabama and Belichick’s accumulated six Super Bowl wins in the past two decades in New England.
“We’ll see. I’ve gotten a chance to play under some legendary head coaches, even in high school and with Coach Saban. So I’m looking forward to taking Coach Belichick’s coaching, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Spending time with Saban sets him up for a perfect transition to Foxborough.
“I’m just so blessed to be a part of a great organization,” Jones said. “It’s not really where you get picked, it’s what you do with the opportunity. That’s what Coach (Nick) Saban told me, so I’m just going to follow that.”
Jones is exactly where he wants to be and the Patriots now have their depth without having to trade up — a win-win situation.