This week’s TOJ Live episode features former New York Jets Running Back Thomas Jones. Thomas joins TOJ Live to get Jets fans ready for the upcoming season, and he leaves us with his 2021 prediction for the New York Jets.
DA Osorio gives 10 thoughts heading into week 1 of the 2021 season.
That’s right, my boys: week one is upon us, and I’m here to pinch-hit for the good brother Stephen Russo for this week’s 1st & 10. By the time the Jets kick off their season in Charlotte, North Carolina, it would’ve been 252 days since Adam Gase patrolled the sidelines and Sam Darnold was throwing passes into triple coverage. That era? Gone. It is now Bobby Duran Saleh and Zach Morris Wilson’s turn to right this ship and gets the Jets back to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Here are 10 things I’ll be looking for.
1. How good CJ Mosley looks:
He was the best defensive player for the Jets the last time he was on the field and he is the unquestioned leader of this unit. If Mosley is the same player he was versus Buffalo (9 tackles and a pick-six), it makes the Jets defense that much more formidable. There are questions at the cornerback position, but the middle of the Jets defense (Quinnen Williams, Marcus Maye, and CJ) will go a long way towards mitigating those concerns if they’re as good as they have shown. It starts with #57.
2. How Mehki Becton and Morgan Moses handle Brian Burns and Haason Reddick:
21.5 sacks last year for Brian Burns and newly-signed EDGE Haason Reddick, so the Jets’ bookends will be tested right out of the gate. How well they handle that will go a long way towards determining if the trip to the Queen City is a successful one or a disaster. Becton had an 83.8% pass rush win rate last year, while the former WFTer Moses allowed 5 sacks and had 6 penalties. Something has to give.
3. How Bryce Hall matches up with DJ Moore:
DJ Moore might really be the most underrated WR in the NFL, as he’s coming off back-to-back 1000+ yard seasons despite not having the chance to play with a starting-caliber NFL QB. That won’t change with Sam Darnold, but clearly, it hasn’t stopped him from producing. Moore played on the outside on 83% of his snaps last year and received the 6th most deep targets in the league with 26. He was 14th in yards per reception, 11th in yards per target, and 12th in yards per route run. He didn’t win by getting a ton of separation, so theoretically this could be a good matchup for the physical Hall, but if not then this could be a big game for DJ.
4. How Robby Anderson and Terrence Marshall are defended by the rest of the Jets secondary:
Terrence Marshall enters his first regular-season game as the highest-rated rookie WR via PFF, and Jets fans are very familiar with the Sun Gawd as he’s coming off his first 1,000+ yard season. The Jets spent three day-3 picks on cornerbacks and released Blessaun Austin in order to give the young corners a chance. Well, they’re going to get their chance, alright. Marshall slots in as the replacement for Curtis Samuel in Panthers Offensive Coordinator Joe Brady’s offense, and figures to draw either rookie Michael Carter (a much-smaller corner) or rookie Jason Pinnock while Anderson draws rookie Brandin Echols. If the Jets have intentions of winning this game, we cannot see the back of their jerseys too often.
5. If Quinnen Williams dominates Pat Elflein:
Coming off a strong sophomore season, the addition of EDGE Carl Lawson was supposed to give Williams the chance to really dominate in year 3. DraftSZN’s Michael Meegan has predicted that Q is talked about as a top-3 IDL by season’s end and, while I do not share that optimism, it is hard not to be excited for what the former ‘Bama DT gives us this season. He’s going against Pat Elflein (and, at times, John Miller), so this is advantage Jets on literally every snap. He had seven sacks and two forced fumbles last year and the addition of Sheldon Rankins means teams will be wise to not double-team him every chance they get. An errant Sam Darnold pass caused by a Quinnen Williams bull-rush might as well be written in blood.
6. Who emerges at RB out of the gate:
Ty Johnson was the best back in camp, but Michael Carter has the highest ceiling, and free-agent addition Tevin Coleman figures to be in the mix. Carolina’s defense was 20th against the run last year and 28th in yards allowed per attempt. There will be plays in the run game, and who is the one making them will be interesting to watch.
7. How is Elijah Moore used:
The Jets have the deepest WR group they’ve had in a really long time, and that was true before they took the Ole Miss standout with their first pick at the top of the second round. A much better pick than the New York Giants taking AR Toney 14 picks earlier, Elijah Moore can play in the slot or on the outside, and it is safe to assume the Jets will move him around a lot in the formation. We have to assume because Moore didn’t see the field at all during the preseason, but his first action comes against a team with the 3rd fewest interceptions last year. Similar to Carolina’s WRs versus the Jets corners, the Jets have the advantage versus the Carolina secondary, and Moore is a big reason why.
8. Corey Davis versus rookie Jaycee Horn:
I’ve said all offseason that the signing of Corey Davis feels very much like the signing of Plaxico Burress by the Giants from the Steelers: a young guy with a ton of talent who is just much better in his 2nd contract, Davis already has a rapport with his young QB and will be heavily featured in this passing game. He draws who I had at CB1 in South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn, who seemed to be picking off Sam Darnold daily in Panthers training camp. For Zach Wilson to have a productive game, Corey Davis needs to school the young corner: Horn struggled with Elijah Moore and guys like him in college, whereas bigger targets where Horn could get his hands on them didn’t pose much of a threat. Davis fits the latter, except he also has deceptive speed. If he is cooking Horn repeatedly and Wilson is finding him, I expect the Jets offense to dominate.
9. Can Connor McGovern keep DT Derrick Brown from collapsing the pocket:
If he can’t? Game over.
10. Will Zach Wilson be better than Sam Darnold:
This is it right here and let me just say this: entering the draft, Zach Wilson in 2021 was better than Sam Darnold in 2018. There is no comparison between either of them as prospects entering their first NFL season. I’d even argue that 2021 Zach Wilson is a better QB today than QB Sam Darnold was leaving New York, as he was the 39th best QB in a league with only 32 teams. ALOT will be written after this game about two things:
one: how the Jets did the right thing by moving on from Darnold if they win
two: how the Jets did the wrong thing by not trading back from 2 and building around Darnold if they lose
None of those questions will be answered one Sunday afternoon in September, but if Zach Wilson balls and outplays Darnold (like I think he will), then it will go a long way towards silencing the beat writers who already have the #IToldYouSo pieces written. Wilson has a lot of talent on his OL and at WR, way more help than Darnold ever had, but he also is the more talented QB. I expect him to show that on Sunday, and for the Jets to leave Ric Flair Country 1-0.
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What will New York Jets QB Zach Wilson’s stat line be for this coming season?
I’ve already gone on record, most recently on the Trap Or Die podcast, that I think Jets QB Zach Wilson wins NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. I think it is a two-QB race between him and Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence and I think Wilson, because of a Jets defense that will keep games close enough to give him some signature moments in pursuit of an award generally given to QBs who produce those, ends up edging out the former first-overall pick. A first-year stat line of 24 TDs, 4 interceptions, and 3896 yards is on the docket for the young signal-caller as he mirrors Cowboys QB Dak Prescott’s statistical averages for his rookie season. Those numbers, plus an 8-9 record for the Jets, propels him towards some hardware.
My predicted stat line for Zach Wilson in this 2021 17-game regular season is 3750 passing yards, 28 TDs, 15 INTs, 62% Comp, and 7.1 Y/A. I believe the Jets will rely steadily on the run game, as Wilson acclimates to the NFL game. When he’s let loose, he can be a bit of a risk-taker so he won’t be without a nice chunk of turnovers. However, the good will noticeably outweigh the bad with Wilson.
For his rookie season, I predict Zach to throw for 3620 yards, 25 TD’s, and 7 INTs with a completion percentage of 64% and a Y/A of 7.4. The Jets are going to be a run-first offense this year, I do not expect to see many games with Zach throwing the ball 40 times a game. Zach was a low turnover guy in college never throwing double digits picks in any of his 3 years starting and I do not expect that trend to stop once he gets to the NFL. We will not have to talk about Zach making a 2nd-year leap 12 months from now because he will be good from the jump.
I predict Zach Wilson will throw for 24 TD’s and 13 interceptions in 2021. These are very reasonable numbers to ask from a 2nd overall pick in today’s NFL. 24 TDs is a number only eight Jets QBs have reached before. The combination of a more aggressive and modern offense and a 17th game will help Zach reach the touchdown threshold. If healthy for all 17 games, Zach will throw for 3,700 yards.
Love Matty highlighting the more modern offense, but I think The Jets offense is predicated on running the ball (a little old school philosophy), and I believe that will somewhat hinder Wilson’s stat line. That said, I feel a 17-game season with 3750 passing yards, 23 TDs, 15 INTs, 62% completion percentage, 7.0 Y/A, 50 rushing attempts for 225 yards, and two touchdowns on the ground is realistic production. Not even Aaron Rodgers topped 7.0 Y/A his first season under Matt LaFleur, and Baker Mayfield averaged 222 Y/G in a comparable offense last year. Look for similar numbers in those categories for Wilson. While it’s not the sexiest prediction, I think it’s a good start to a career and something to build on for the future.
For me, Zach Wilson over a 17-game season rookie year will throw for 3525 yards, 24 TDs, 10 INTs, 68% Comp, and 7.5 Y/A. I think the Jets are going to rely early and often on the run game: the use of a ton of outside zone will be to take advantage of the team’s speed and get Wilson in ALOT of early quick reads and play action. This will be done, in my opinion, to help build his confidence as he starts out the year facing two great defensive coaches in Bill Belicheck and Vic Fangio. I think he’ll take some big-time shots downfield and convert big plays but work to minimize turnovers. I think it’ll be a strong OROY-type season from Wilson and lead into a huge 2022.
I agree with Will on this point: given the offense will rely so heavily on the run, I don’t foresee Zach Wilson throwing the ball a ton. I disagree with how generous everyone is with their predicted stat lines given the acknowledgment that the Jets will be a run-heavy team. Over a 17 game season, I look for Wilson to just eclipse 3,000 yards with a total of 3,196 yards. I expect a touchdown to interception ratio of around 22 to 12 and a completion percentage of around 63%. Look for an average of around 6.9 Y/A as well. It’s not that I don’t think Wilson will light things up, but between the heavy rushing attack LaFleur will install coupled with just the natural progression for a rookie over a 17 game season, his production will be handicapped slightly. All in all, I expect a strong season with a very good last 4-5 games.
I can see Wilson having a year where he goes for 3567 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions with a 7.8 Y/A. I think we can expect to see more pushing the ball downfield as the season progresses and as Wilson gets more acquainted with the offense. I think we’ll see a strong run game reliance within the first couple of weeks and week over week we see more of the Jets lengthening the leash for Wilson and what they call.
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The day is finally here, Jets fans: it is Draft Day! *turns up Drake’s underrated single that shouted out Johnny Manziel*
We are now six days away from the NFL Draft and the New York Jets are wrapping up their pre-draft virtual visits and have probably identified their “get by any means” prospects and their “run the hell away” prospects. Before I transition to giving you my top 6 rankings for the defensive side of the ball, I wanted to give you my top 6 sleepers on the offensive side of the ball.
DA ranks his top 6 IOL!
We are now nine days away from the NFL Draft and, as word continues to trickle out that the Jets have zeroed in on BYU QB Zach Wilson, it is absolutely imperative that they do not wait until year three to address OL in the NFL Draft like they did for now-Panthers QB Sam Darnold. As it currently stands, the New York Jets do not have a starting-caliber guard on the roster. Greg Van Roten and Alex Lewis were awful, and they let their best guard (Pat Elflein) go in free agency. The 2nd wave of free agency, set to begin after the draft, has some intriguing names that the Jets could add but DraftSZN’s James Kuntz has been banging the “this team will be built through the draft” long before free agency began and I have come around to that after evidence pointed to exactly that. One small note:
OL: can play all 5 positions
IOL: can play guard or center
OT: can play LT or RT
OG: can only play guard
Here are the top 6 rankings for the interior offensive line prospects in the NFL Draft, of which the Jets should make sure to add two if they do not tackle the position with one of the six I mentioned in yesterday’s article.
1. USC OT/OG Alijah Vera-Tucker
Overall Ranking: 9th
Wow: the athleticism and agility you want to see from the heir apparent to the Quentin Nelson throne of guards, Vera-Tucker has excellent mobility and a really good anchor. He can play LT, and play it very well, but I think he’s got insane guard potential. He does an excellent job of getting to the 2nd level of a defense and he comes off the snap ridiculously hard.
2. Ohio State OG Wyatt Davis
Overall Ranking: 24th
Grade: Late 1st
Wow: a plug-and-play right guard at the next level, Wyatt Davis’s 2019 film showed an NFL-ready player whereas 2020 still showed flashes of that with some hiccups. He has great vision and a good first move to ward off pass rushers.
Worry: that the Davis we get is the Davis from 2020, who played a little out of control (likely due to injury)
3. Oklahoma C Creed Humphrey
Overall Ranking: 32nd
Grade: Late 1st
Wow: best Center in this class, but Humphrey can also slot right into a guard spot because of his intelligence and his strong anchor.
Worry: short arms and some timidness when engaging defenders.
4. Ohio State C Josh Myers
Overall Ranking: 39th
Wow: raw power and a strong anchor that prevents him from getting knocked back by defenders.
Worry: not the best lateral mobility.
5. Alabama IOL Landon Dickerson
Overall Ranking: 48th
Grade: Mid 2nd
Wow: explosive off the snap with a pretty good burst, and just absolutely violent hands.
Worry: a torn right ACL, ankle surgery, ankle injury, and ligament damage in his left knee
6. Tennessee OG Trey Smith
Overall Ranking: 67th
Wow: a mauler at guard who has one mission and one mission only: obliterate the guy across from him. Smith has exceptional power and a strong base that prevents him from getting pushed back.
Worry: has tight hips and had blood clots in his lungs
DA Osorio Ranks his Top 6 Offensive Tackles in the 2021 NFL Draft.
With 9 days until the NFL Draft, we continue my pick six with the offensive tackles. We went through the pass catchers yesterday: today it’s tackles, then with interior offensive line, interior defensive line, edge, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties following. If you’re new to our draft coverage, the way these rankings work is I will give you:
-my top 6 at each position with stats
-my round grade
-their overall ranking on my big board
-something that wows and worries me about each prospect.
Mehki Becton and Connor McGovern are locked in as starters on the OL, while George Fant seems to be locked in at the RT position. The Jets do not have a capable starter on the interior, and Joe Douglas’s refusal to even call Corey Linsley and then allowing himself to get outbid for Joe Thuney either means he is confident in Greg Van Roten and Alex Lewis or he is planning to address these holes in the draft. This doesn’t mean he should ignore tackle completely, especially when you consider that Fant’s contract has only $1M in dead money and can save the Jets almost $10M if he’s released next year. This class has some good tackles that can start out inside before kicking out to RT if/when Fant is released. If you need more info about each prospect, make sure to subscribe to Badlands to read Connor’s excellent Draft Guide.
Let’s take this pick six back to the future.
1. Northwestern OT Rashawn Slater
Overall Ranking: 6th
Round Grade: 1st
Wow: allowed 5 pressures over 355 dropbacks, a rate of 1 pressure every 71 snaps. That would’ve been tops in the league, which is where I think Slater will be at the next level. Slater has the potential to be an All-Pro guard, tackle, or center in the NFL and his strength and footwork and where he already is (he’s already good enough to start on an NFL offensive line and actually be good) make him the best tackle in this class for me. For evidence, see what he did to Chase Young in 2019.
Worry: hasn’t played football in a year.
2. Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw
Overall Ranking: 10th
Round Grade: 1st
Wow: did not allow a single sack or hit all year, and only allowed six pressures. Darrisaw improved every year in Blacksburg and reminds me a lot of former Jets great D’Brickashaw Ferguson. The former Hokie is strong, athletic, and can play both tackle positions really well. I think Darrisaw can, also, play inside and be dominant from either guard position.
Worry: his feet aren’t the most consistent when matched up versus speedier edges.
3. Oregon OT Penei Sewell
Overall Ranking: 18th
Round Grade: Mid-1st
Wow: still incredibly raw for a player that was as good as he was at 19 years old, it is scary to think what Sewell’s ceiling is. He has excellent hands, and was PFF’s highest graded collegiate tackle ever. Just an absolute violent blocker in the run game, Sewell has the potential to develop into a franchise LT.
Worry: does not have the best technique and may be better long-term at OG.
4. Oklahoma OT Tevin Jenkins
Overall Ranking: 22nd
Round Grade: Late-First
Wow: 11 pressures in 623 snaps over two seasons, an absurd rate when you consider how many one-on-one matchups left tackles generally face. Has a violent punch to thwart off pass rushers, and loves to dominate the competition.
Worry: his lack of athleticism.
5. Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg
Overall Ranking: 23
Round Grade: Late-First
Wow: as NFL-ready a prospect as you’ll find in this class who I originally thought should transition to guard but really think he’d be an excellent right tackle at the next level. Eichenberg has sound fundamentals and really could find a lot of success wherever he is drafted.
Worry: better run blocker than pass protector at this point in his career.
6. North Dakota State OT Dillon Radunz
Overall Ranking: 33
Round Grade: 2nd
Wow: really good agility and a really good run blocker, Trey Lance’s blindside was thoroughly protected by Radunz. He has experience in a pro-style offense so his transition to the NFL won’t be as difficult as other prospects.
Worry: wondering if he will remain as agile if he’s asked to put on weight.
Dalbin Osorio gives his top 5 pass catchers in the 2021 NFL Draft.
With 10 days until the NFL Draft, we continue my pick six with the pass catchers of this class. We went through RBs yesterday: today it’s wide receivers and tight ends, with guards, tackles, centers, interior defensive linemen, edge, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties following. If you’re new to our draft coverage, the way these rankings work is I will give you:
Dalbin Osorio ranks his top 6 RBs in the 2021 NFL Draft.
With 11 days until the NFL Draft, we continue my pick six with the best ball carriers of this class. We went through quarterbacks yesterday: today it’s running backs, and then we’ll go to wide receivers, guards, tackles, centers, interior defensive linemen, edge, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties. The way these rankings work is I will give you my top 6 at each position, with stats, my round grade, their overall ranking on my big board, and something that wows and worries me about each prospect. With the Jets not having a capable starter in the running back room, I think it’d be smart for them to add a bellcow. There’s been a lot of talk about their offense mirroring San Francisco’s, but I still believe we’ll see Green Bay Packer principles, and they have a primary back in the underrated Aaron Jones to carry the load. The Jets, also, reportedly checked in on Chris Carson during free agency so they could be in the market for one of the bigger-name backs in the draft.
Let’s dig right in, shall we?
1. Clemson RB Travis Etienne
Overall Ranking: 21
Round Grade: 1st
Stats: 914 rushing yards, 5.4 YPC, 14 rushing TDs, 48 REC, 588 yards
Wow: the best feet in the class, Etienne possesses the big play ability from the running back position that you want to see from a featured back. He’s an excellent receiver out of the backfield, shows good balance even when defenders square up, and he turns his hips and gets up field quickly. Etienne, at a young age, has already mastered the ability to not try and do too much as a ball carrier.
Worry: Etienne has struggled a bit with pass protection, though it has improved, and he enters the NFL with a lot of carries.
2. Alabama RB Najee Harris
Overall Ranking: 29
Round Grade: 1st
Stats: 1466 rushing yards, 5.8 YPC, 26 rushing TDs, 43 REC, 425 yards
Wow: a three-down back in the Derrick Henry mold, Harris is a violent runner who hits holes decisively. He shows above average skills as a pass catcher and his ability to withstand contact and barrel through defenders makes him a dangerous weapon at the next level.
Worry: he doesn’t change direction like Etienne and his hips are a little stiff.
3. North Carolina RB Javonte Williams
Overall Ranking: 47
Round Grade: Mid-2nd
Stats: 1140 rushing yards, 7.3 YPC, 22 total TDs
Wow: Williams is an explosive runner who has a good mix of speed and power and a Leveon Bell-like knack for setting up his next move. He keeps his feet moving regardless of if he’s being bottled up by defenders, and he is the best pass blocking running back in this class.
Worry: is not as explosive as Etienne, with a running style closer to Harris, and he showed a tendency to work towards the sideline more than i’d like.
4. North Carolina RB Michael Carter
Overall Ranking: 53
Round Grade: Late-2nd
Stats: 1245 rushing yards, 8.0 YPC, 11 Total TDs
Wow: the other Tar Heel running back in this class possesses excellent vision and displays both patience and decisiveness, which lends itself to Carter being a complete back that should be productive in the NFL. He offers more juice than Williams in the open field.
Worry: doesn’t offer anywhere near as much power as Williams, and is nowhere near the pass blocker he is.
5. Memphis RB Kenneth Gainwell
Overall Ranking: 64
Round Grade: 2nd/3rd
Stats: 1459 rushing yards, 6.3 YPC, 51 REC, 610 yards, 3 TDs
Wow: the former Memphis Tiger is the best pass catcher in this running back class, and he possesses great vision in the open field. Gainwell is agile and extremely quick and very shifty with the ball.
Worry: played primarily out of a spread offense at Memphis and only has one year of experience as a RB.
6. Oregon State RB Jermar Jefferson
Overall Ranking: 100
Round Grade: 4th
Stats: 858 rushing yards, 6.5 YPC, 7 TDs (6 games)
Wow: Jefferson is one of my favorite prospects in this running back class as he has really good footwork and is able to maintain his balance even when squared up on. He is a home run threat out of the backfield.
Worry: not sure he could ever be a feature back at the next level.
DA provides his QB rankings for the 2021 NFL Draft.
With 12 days until the NFL Draft, now feels like the best time to drop my pick six for each position in the draft. We will go through quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, guards, tackles, centers, interior defensive linemen, edge, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties. Today, we begin with the signal callers, where there has been a lot of discussion considering the Jets currently hold the second overall pick in a draft with multiple quality QB prospects. The way these rankings work is I will give you my top 6 at each position, with stats, my grade, and their overall ranking on my big board, and something that wows and worries me about each prospect.
Let’s dig right in, shall we?
1. Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence
Overall Ranking: 1
Round Grade: First
Stats: 69.2%, 3153 yards, 24 TDs, 5 INTs
Wow: when Vince Vaughn says in Wedding Crashers that he can put the ball wherever he wants and he can make it rain out there, he was talking about Trevor Lawrence. There isn’t a throw Lawrence can’t make, as he displays elite ball placement ability at every level.
Worry: shoulder surgery a month ago, despite it being his non-throwing arm, could be worrisome if he takes too many hits behind a suspect offensive line.
2. Ohio State QB Justin Fields
Overall Ranking: 2
Round Grade: First
Stats: 70.2%, 2100 yards, 22 TDs, 6 INTs, 383 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs
Wow: Justin Fields is the amalgamation of Michael Vick and Lamar Jackson in terms of athleticism, with the quarterbacking of Donovan McNabb mixed in. His ability to throw on the run to every level, and to put the ball where only his receiver can get it, are evidence of a confident QB.
Worry: he is almost too patient with the ball and, while some of that is because of the lengthy routes his receivers ran, he’s going to have to become more decisive with the ball.
3. North Dakota State QB Trey Lance
Overall Ranking: 7
Round Grade: First
Stats: 66.9%, 2786 yards, 28 TDs, 0 INTs, 1100 rushing yards, 14 rushing TDs (2019)
Wow: Trey Lance already has developed a knack for not panicking under pressure, which is something you hope young QBs developed. He went almost 300 attempts without throwing an interception and displayed good accuracy in the short game.
Worry: showed a tendency to lock on to his first read, and he has to become more accurate downfield.
4. BYU QB Zach Wilson
Overall Ranking: 11
Round Grade: First
Stats: 73.5%, 3692 yards, 33 TDs, 3 INTs, 10 rushing TDs
Wow: Wilson has more Matt Stafford than Sam Darnold in his game, especially when it comes to the arm angles and unreal deep-ball ability. He displays a quick internal clock already, and is decisive about where he wants to go with the ball.
Worry: a torn labrum and thumb injury on his throwing arm is worrying, but even more worrisome is his inability to anticipate the pass rush: in a few games I watched, he’d turn into pressure at an alarming rate.
5. Georgia QB Jamie Newman
Overall Ranking: 51
Round Grade: Mid-2nd
Stats: 60.9%, 2868 yards, 26 TDs, 11 INTs, 6 rushing TDs (2019)
Wow: 2019 showed a QB that stands tall in the pocket and does not rattle easily when pressure is around him. Newman gets the ball out quickly, and he throws darts out there. A much stronger arm than some of the guys that will go ahead of him.
Worry: Newman’s footwork could stand to improve, and he has to learn to use more touch on his throws.
6. Alabama QB Mac Jones
Overall Ranking: 63
Round Grade: Third
Stats: 77.4%, 4500 yards, 41 TDs, 4 INTs
Wow: Big Mac Jones’s accuracy is his best trait, in my opinion, as he very rarely misses wide receivers. He’s a smart QB, which helps him make up for some of his limited physical traits. Jones does a decent job of moving in and around pressure and rarely panics when the pass rush is barreling down on him.
Worry: his lack of mobility is concerning, as there won’t be many instances of him winning off-platform, and him being limited to only winning in structure makes him very different from the five QBs I have ranked ahead of him. He, also, doesn’t have a strong arm.