And here we go…
Remember, this is not a “what I would do” mock but what I think is going to happen on Thursday night. I will not believe that the San Francisco 49ers draft Mac Jones until I can see him hugging Roger Goodell, but it does look like the winds are blowing in this direction. After all, just Sunday night we saw this:
As the #49ers close in on their decision of which QB to take at No. 3, sources say they are down to two prospects — and the belief is those two are #Bama QB Mac Jones and #NDSU QB Trey Lance. Several sources say the focus does appear to have shifted to those two.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 26, 2021
So while I personally would draft Justin Fields here, it does look like Jones is indeed very much in play, and I think in the end that is the pick for San Francisco.
This is not to say that Jones is a bad quarterback prospect. He is a good prospect at the position and does some things well that still matter, such as pocket movement skills, accuracy in the short- and intermediate-areas of the field, and hanging in the pocket to take the big hit while he gives a route concept time to break open downfield. It would not be the pick if it were me, but I can see what Kyle Shanahan might indeed appreciate about Jones as a prospect.