- Aug 1, 2006
maybe? And that is my point.Well fortunately, Jones is very accurate, reads the field very well, and should have excellent protection from NE's offensive line.
I was very down on Jones early. As the draft came along I was less down on him, I saw more tape and realized he was better than I thought (I thought he was a better Jake Fromm, a guy you take 2nd/3rd round when he was a significantly better Jake Fromm with a better arm too). I think he's a 1/2 round talent but taking him at 15 is reasonable.
What I am cautioning against is this:
Jones was elite level accurate in college, and he read the field pretty well in college. That doesn't at all mean he'll have elite NFL accuracy or read the field at a top level in the NFL, they are both big jumps.
Lots of guys were very accurate in college then couldn't continue that in the tighter windows and faster throws of the NFL, plenty of guys were super smart field readers in college and couldn't transition to the more complex NFL.
I think Jones went to probably the 2nd best spot in the league for him, and i have confidence he'll be a decent NFL player, but I think people are way too eager to disregard potential downside and way too eager to just assume everything that worked as QB of the most talented offense in CFB history will translate 1 to 1. Non-mobile QBs have less room for error, and there is a lot of error in moving from college to the pros.
Edit- also I think a reason I was down on him was that I was super high on Tua and didn't really pay attention to some of the concerns people had about him. Then I saw him in the NFL and all the things people noted about concerns (some/many of which he shares with Jones) were magnified, so I probably overadjusted with Jones.