Show Navigation
Show Menu

FF Tips

Dynasty Prospect Scouting Report: Mac Jones

By Kevin English 8:03am EDT 3/23/21

Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Height: 6’3
Weight: 215
Age: 22.6


College Career:

Jones arrived in Alabama alongside Tua Tagovailoa in 2017.

A Florida native, Jones was redshirted that year and didn’t start until a Tua injury opened the door in 2019. Making 4 starts (against Arkansas, Western Carolina, Auburn and Michigan), Jones completed 70 of 98 passes (71.4%) for 1,172 yards and 13 TDs (2 INTs).

Then came the 2020 explosion. Putting together a legitimate Heisman campaign, Jones tallied 4,500 yards and 41 TDs on a nation-high 84.2% adjusted completion rate. He recorded 4 or 5 TD passes in 8 of 13 starts.

Jones showed a willingness to push the ball downfield, too, finishing with a CFB-leading 1,355 deep yards.

Now, most critiques of the 'Bama passer start with his supporting cast. He played alongside WRs Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, a pair of top-15 talents. (Waddle, however, missed 7 of 13 games in 2020.) RB Najee Harris — a potential Round 1 pick — and an O-line with several pro prospects further set Jones up for success.

OC Steve Sarkisian’s offense also helped Jones with a screen-heavy attack. Per Pro Football Focus, Smith led the nation in receptions off screens (35).

Finally, there’s Jones’ lack of mobility. While he’s not Eli Manning, Jones' athletic ability doesn't stack up against his peers (Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance). Jones navigated the pocket well in my review, but there were very few rollouts or off-script plays to be found.

At bottom: Jones looks like a classic pocket passer. Let’s get to the tape.

Film Review

Games watched: Auburn (2020), Georgia (2020), Missouri (2020), Florida (2020), Texas A&M (2020), Arkansas (2020)

Jones was a master at orchestrating Alabama’s shotgun heavy offense. PFF graded him as the most accurate QB in the nation within 10 air yards. So he can make the layups.

Jones also showed that he can hit on downfield throws. And they weren’t always going to the team’s headliners (Smith/Waddle)…




Jones was truly special on deep balls, earning a PFF grade on such throws of 98.9 (95.8 overall, surpassing Trevor Lawrence's mark in each of his 3 seasons at Clemson).

Here's another in-stride deep pass with heat coming from the interior. This one might have been his best throw of the year. Overall, Jones' ability to make throws vs. pressure didn't appear to be a weakness on tape.



Jones showed the requisite arm strength to make it as an NFL starter. Below, you see his ability to drive the ball over the CB and to the outside with excellent ball placement.



Arkansas rushes only 4 in this next clip, but plays like these weren't exactly rare in the games I watched. Jones has all day to find an open target before firing a 25-yard missile. Alabama -- the reigning CFB champs -- fielded one of their best offenses in recent memory.


Finally, there's Jones' lack of escapability. There isn't a huge opening here, but a quicker-twitch athlete (like Lawrence, Wilson, Fields or Lance) likely squeaks through with a positive gain. Don't expect much rushing production at the next level.


Fantasy Outlook

Jones is a really tough evaluation.

From 30,000 feet, he looks like a strong prospect. His numbers are elite. And his arm strength, accuracy and decision-making all look pro-ready.

The case against Jones is clear. Zeroing in, we see an elite supporting cast that boosted his numbers and afforded a ton of easy completions. Jones also lacks the dynamic movement skills to become a difference-making runner. (Tua called Jones "a more mobile Tom Brady" on a recent Yahoo Sports podcast. Awesome.)

So his range of outcomes is capped a bit -- especially to the upside. Look at last year, and you'll see how 8 of the top-10 QBs reached 230 rushing yards. That crop averaged 5.1 TDs.

Ultimately, Jones will probably need a strong supporting cast to pop in fantasy. He's our QB5 in this rookie class.


In This Article

Related Fantasy Football

Premium Content Premium ContentDFS Showdown Lineup Picks: Bills-Patriots

DFS Showdown Lineup Picks: Bills-Patriots

5:18pm EST 12/1/22

Who are the salary-cap savers to help us fit the studs into tonight's showdown lineups? And which sneaky picks can help differentiate your entry?

Read More »
Week 12 Recap Fantasy Football Podcast

Week 12 Recap Fantasy Football Podcast

2:49pm EST 11/28/22

Let's talk Josh Jacobs, Travis Etienne and everything else that worked or didn't for your fantasy football lineups in NFL Week 12.

Read More »
Week 11 Fantasy Football Recap

Week 11 Fantasy Football Recap

11:46am EST 11/21/22

Jamaal Williams, Tony Pollard and Travis Kelce dominated Sunday of NFL Week 11. But what were the subtler performances that could shape your season going forward?

Read More »
Top Plays for Week 11 Underdog Pick Ems

Top Plays for Week 11 Underdog Pick Ems

9:22am EST 11/16/22

Wanna win money in Underdog Pick Ems? Gotta go pass-first ...

Read More »
Top Plays for Week 9 Underdog Pick Ems

Top Plays for Week 9 Underdog Pick Ems

10:26am EDT 11/2/22

The largest projection-to-prop gap of the season lies inside, along with more player options than last week ...

Read More »
Premium Content Premium ContentDFS Showdown Tips: Bears-Patriots

DFS Showdown Tips: Bears-Patriots

5:00pm EDT 10/24/22

Mac Jones should be back. Damien Harris returns to interrupt your new relationship with Rhamondre Stevenson. But who should you play on the Monday Night Football DFS showdown slate?

Read More »
Top Picks for Week 3 Underdog Pick Em

Top Picks for Week 3 Underdog Pick Em

1:35pm EDT 9/21/22

Are we really following Mac Jones to the money this week?

Read More »

Dominate your Fantasy League with

the Ultimate Tool Stack

In the heat of a draft, you want as much intel as possible. The key is integrating that into one simple, powerful tool.

Dominate your Fantasy League with

the Ultimate Tool Stack

In the heat of a draft, you want as much intel as possible. The key is integrating that into one simple, powerful tool.
3D Projections

3D Projections

3D Projections: True Dimension of Every Player’s Potential

Based on our award-winning projections, an axis of data points give insights far deeper than a ranking

View Our Accuracy Awards View Our Accuracy Awards »

Advice Draft Strategy

Advice That’s Actionable on Draft Day

Round-by-Round Draft Strategy Guides, Sleepers, Undervalued Players, Busts and Handcuffs

3D Projections

Draft War Room

Draft War Room: Intel Turned Into Killer Picks

Command your entire draft with a dynamic tool synced to your league. Updating and adapting in real time.

3D Projections

Keep Dominating Throughout The Season

Quickly find the free-agent gems, pull the trigger on the perfect trade & make the right start/sit decisions.

Keep Dominating
Draft Sharks

$6/month thereafter, billed semi-annually, one-click cancel anytime.

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Get It on Google Play