Return of the Mac … at No. 3 overall.
ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay has dropped his latest mock draft, and he has seemingly hopped aboard two of the league’s biggest storylines heading into the first round: Alabama QB Mac Jones is going very early, while Buckeye Justin Fields is not.
McShay’s latest mock has Jones going No. 3 overall to the 49ers, with Fields slipping out of the top 10 altogether and landing with the Patriots, who traded up with the Giants, to select Fields at No. 11.
McShay’s mock seems to coincide with at least one of the hot theories this draft season: San Francisco traded up to No. 3 because it wants the Alabama quarterback, and Fields is plummeting down draft boards.
Speaking on Thursday’s “Get Up!”, Domonique Foxworth laid into McShay’s mock, saying that 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan must be thinking about Fields in the San Francisco offense and not Jones with the trade up.
Part of Foxworth’s highly entertaining tirade:
I imagine in my mind, a Kyle Shanahan offense, with Justin Fields, Brandon Aiyuk, Mostert, Kittle, in that dominant offensive line, and I have to imagine that Kyle Shanahan sees that and gets excited. Imagine Justin Fields on the edge with George Kittle in man coverage against a linebacker? …
But Mac Jones was not dealing with adverse situations. Mac Jones was chillin’ in the pocket throwing to guys that were wide open. You know why it looks like he reads his progressions quite well? Because DeVonta Smith is the No. 1 object, and he’s always freaking open. So let’s chill. Maybe I need to chill, I’m the only one who’s gettin’ amped up. But it is so confusing to me, how these people do their evaluations and come out with this coded language about people’s ability to read defense and stuff like that. Like Mac Jones is out there doing calculus — he’s not. He’s out there throwing to the open guy, who’s an All-American.
Foxworth would mention that Jones was at least partly a product of Alabama and its incredible offensive talent, including wide receivers Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith and running back Najee Harris.
In any case, McShay’s mock is in the ether now, and there’s no stopping it.