Alabama Quarterback Mac Jones is Turning Heads at the Senior Bowl

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Alabama Quarterback Mac Jones is Turning Heads at the Senior Bowl

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The vibes are different these days, but the Senior Bowl — college football’s premier prospect showcase game — rolls on in 2021. And with it, our annual obsession of the quarterbacks who descend onto Mobile, Ala., to showcase their skills.

To this point, it sounds as if one is already standing above the rest:

I’m seeing some important themes from folks who have eyes on Jones at the Senior Bowl. Accuracy is a common thread from those who are watching the Alabama standout practice. This was a strength of his when he was leading the Crimson Tide to a national title, but was brushed aside (at times) as a product of the talent around him. The practice sample is small, but having watched Bears quarterbacks in recent years, we should know the importance of ball placement by now. So Jones checking off the accuracy box this week is a plus.

It’s just practice, but still nice to see:

 

What makes Jones’ Senior Bowl practice performance all the more encouraging is that he’s shown these skills in game situations. And perhaps, most importantly, Jones did it in the biggest of big games:

The best thing a player can do for their draft stock is shine in big games. But if that isn’t enough or some, then killing it at the Senior Bowl is a nice way to double-down on what you showed during games. In previous years, we’ve seen all sorts of position players take their game to another level during Senior Bowl week, then watched their draft stock skyrocket. Considering the Bears’ draft position, I hope Jones’ stock doesn’t jump too much as to where they can’t take him with the 20th pick.

Then again, if Jones can cement his place as a worthy first-round quarterback, the end result might be good news for a quarterback-starved team like the Bears.

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.