Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is essentially a lock to go No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the upcoming NFL Draft odds. The feeling is sort of the same for BYU quarterback Zach Wilson heading to the Jets as the second pick.
But that third pick?
Many have gone back and forth on whether it will Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields or North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance. But now that the San Francisco 49ers have traded up to this prestigious selection, could it actually be Alabama signal-caller Mac Jones?
The DraftKings Sportsbook odds point towards that being the case. Jones is now favored at +125 to be the third player taken in the 2021 draft.
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This comes after NFL Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted the majority of the NFL believe the 49ers moving up from No. 12 to 3 was for the Crimson Tide quarterback, who was a Heisman Trophy runner-up this past season. San Fran gave its No. 12 overall pick to the Miami Dolphins along with a 2022 third-round compensatory pick and first-round selections in both 2022 and 2023 for the third pick.
Will Mac Jones Be a Good Fit in SF?
Don’t get me wrong, Jones is a talented quarterback who found great success during his time at Alabama. However, he doesn’t possess as much upside to his game as Fields or Lance might. Jones benefitted from a phenomenal offensive line, the greatest college coach of all-time in Nick Saban, and a number of talented offensive weapons in Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith while performing at the collegiate level. He’s not as mobile or able to go off-script when the play breaks down as some of the other quarterbacks in this draft class are, which isn’t ideal when you consider the direction the league is headed in.
If Jones does find himself in the Bay Area, it’s additionally unconfirmed where Jimmy Garoppolo would end up in 2021. Would Jones back Garoppolo up for a year? Compete for a starting job right away? It’s worth nothing Garoppolo possesses a no-trade clause in his contract for next season.
In regard to the odds, both Fields and Lance aren’t too far behind Jones — both sit at +175. Zach Wilson is way back at +1200, which goes to show the oddsmakers truly believe he’ll be the second selection (the Jets still may need to decide between him or current starting quarterback Sam Darnold).
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