Mel Kiper sees some Tom Brady in Mac Jones

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The 2021 quarterback class is coming into focus. Only one of them has drawn a comparison to the quarterback who started 2021 with his seventh Super Bowl win.

Via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Dean of Draftniks Mel Kiper compares Alabama quarterback Mac Jones to Tom Brady. Sort of.

“I hate to say, but he kind of has a little bit of Brady in him,” Kiper said, via Reiss. “I’m not saying he’s ever going to be Tom Brady. He wouldn’t be close, probably. But he has that competitiveness, and he’s so smart — he picked that offense up [at the Senior Bowl] like it was nothing. Other quarterbacks were struggling with the verbiage and — ‘boom!’ — he was in and out of the huddle quicker than anybody I’ve ever seen.

“Then he sees the field. He’s tremendously accurate to all levels. He doesn’t have the ‘wow’ arm, like Brady didn’t either coming into the league. And like Brady, he’s not real mobile, not a runner. But biding time, slipping and sliding, he did it in the championship game. So there are some similarities there.”

Here’s one similarity that doesn’t exist. Jones is high on Kiper’s radar screen; Brady was not. Kiper has Jones going to the Panthers with the eighth overall pick in the draft.

Twenty-two years ago, Kiper had a fifth-round grade on Brady, and Kiper ranked him as the 10th quarterback in the 2000 draft class. Brady went in round six, as the seventh quarterback drafted.

If teams view Jones the way Kiper does, the team that drafted Brady won’t be able to land Jones without trading into the top 10. That would be out of character for the Patriots. With Tom Brady due to return to New England this year for a Bucs-Patriots game, the Patriots may have to step far out of character in order to have a quarterback on the roster who will have a snowball’s chance to beat Brady.

52 responses to “Mel Kiper sees some Tom Brady in Mac Jones

  1. There are a lot of players with more potential than Mac Jones. He will fall to the Patriots and they will run to the podium to draft him.

  2. Who knew that Tom Brady was due to return to New England this year after just winning the Super Bowl with Tampa Bay?

  3. Kiper does a disservice to NCAA and NFL football with these ridiculous takes. How many more years of hyperbole, intentional bias and being flat out wrong are we to be subjected to?

  4. Yes, I see “some” Brady in every QB. They all have two arms and two legs. That’s about where it stops. But Jones has championships. True, but so does A.J. McCarron. And Tua won at Alabama, too. Who hasn’t? Seriously though, Jones could be a good QB, but Mel Kiper’s QB ratings for the past 20 years are available to every team. I think they’ll stick with their own scouts’ recommendations. Don’t get me wrong here. I’m a huge Mel Kiper fan. I’ve watched him every year. If he switched networks, I’d switch too. He has tons of information, but I don’t pay any attention to his actual evaluations. He’s mostly just repeating what he’s heard from others. He might watch a little tape, but not enough to have a valid opinion on every guy. I definitely don’t fault him for not being in love with Brady. Most teams missed on Brady and Montana. But he’s a genuine entertainer. I look forward to watching his show every year. He’s the GOAT in his business. Hopefully he never retires.

  5. All the scouts felt the same about Brady … quick release throwing but lack of foot quickness or mobility. Still, when youre leading comeback wins or winning the biggest games, those intangibles should at least get a college QB a third or fourth round grade. Brady proved everyone wrong but Charlie Weis deserves most of the credit …

  6. Not just Mel, others said it inc Mike Tannenbaum a few days ago. Pats could take him at #15. I doubt Pats climb for him or anyone else unless BB’s dream of getting JimmyG back is gone.

  7. Time will tell with Mac Jones. He looked pretty good with his previous NFL team, the Crimson Tide. He’s gonna need a good line, though. Going to the Panthers will suck, big time.

  8. This guy puts in the work. You make decisions from your armchair while Kiper is putting together tons of data and stats and watching endless film. Not one person has been 100% on picking NFL prospects. And NE, btw, gets way too much credit for drafting Tom Brady. If they really thought he was something, they would not have waited until the 6th round. He was simply drafted as a camp arm.
    However, Tom actually impressed me in college. Michigan was so hell bent on starting the local product, Drew Henson, that Tom undeservedly had to take a back seat. Brady was clearly the better QB.

  9. Mel Kiper once said that my Raiders should take Jamarcus Russell with the first pick too.
    How’d that work out?

  10. Imagine makiing a good living predicting who picks who and if hes wrong there aren’t any repercussions. Pretty good gig,

  11. The comparison is interesting. The projection of Jones going to Carolina is flawed. He’s not a Matt Rhule type of guy.

  12. I’d be surprised if BB traded up in the first round. I wouldn’t be surprised if he took a defensive player in round 1.

  13. Mel Kiper has not really shown himself to be a very good judge of talent — he’s got a lot to say but nearly all of it is hype and hot air. Sorry Mel.

  14. When everyone wants to know who is the highest rated players at their teams position of need, we all go to Mel’s positional rankings. If he turns into a pro bowler – well, everyone knew that. If he is a bust – Mel screwing up again.

  15. Charlie Weis said the exact same thing. Hmmm. Say what you want about Weis, But he and the late DRehbein were the 1rst to see they had something in Brady. Since 4 QBs will prob go ahead of Jones, he could be in range. Played with an All Star Team though.

  16. Anyone should have more sense than to compare any Qb to tom Brady other than the obvious fact that they’ll never be comparable.

  17. Belichick once said the 2 qualities he looks for in a QB is accuracy and sees the field well. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he ends up a Patriot.

  18. Jimmy McGill says: “Whatever you say Mel. You didn’t even see Tom Brady in Tom Brady.”
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    Yes, he actually did see the potential.

    Look at Brady’s career at Michigan – absolutely middle-of-the-road performance. Couldn’t beat out Brian Griese in 1997. Senior year he had to share starts with Drew Henson in 1999.

    Yet Kiper still had him rated high enough for the 5th round. How many other senior QBs who didn’t start every game even get a draft grade?

  19. curtis20 says:
    February 28, 2021 at 11:04 am
    Mel Kiper once said that my Raiders should take Jamarcus Russell with the first pick too.
    How’d that work out?
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    Actually, he predicted the raiders would take him at #1. Which they did. Then he predicted Joe Thomas and Calvin Johnson. It was a pretty good mock.

  20. Kiper and the bs hype machine. Yeah I see a little too, he’s a qb. Why these clowns want to compare s college player to the greatest winning professional qb of all time. Stupid to even think, much less say out loud.

  21. The hate on Mel Kiper is completely laughable. Kiper is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to college players. He’s the first one to come out with a mock draft and everyone else just copies it for “their own big board”. He does the research and talks to a lot of scouts to project the top players. Of course he doesn’t get it right every time. No one does.

  22. Drew Henson was the High School National Player of the Year in both Baseball and Football. For him to commit to any school, there would have to be some kind of promises made about starting. And Brian Griese was the son of an NFL HOF QB, so there probably wasn’t really an open competition like you might think. But also, the skills required to succeed in college and pro are completely different. The college coaches aren’t playing the guys that will win Super Bowls in the NFL. They’re playing the guys that will be good college QB’s. Joe Burrow couldn’t beat out Haskins at Ohio State, but they play college ball. Haskins couldn’t get on the same NFL field with Burrow. Joe Montana was fifth string at Notre Dame, at one point. The coaches at N.D. weren’t all that high on Joe, either. But the NFL is about decision making. Brady could have made great decisions and delivered perfect passes at Michigan, but the college receiver never runs the route the same way twice, so Brady’s skills get diminished. The college game is more about athleticism. It’s almost two different sports with regards to QB. Mel Kiper’s job isn’t an NFL scout. He’s a TV guy, and he’s great at what he does. There are probably a hundreds NFL scouts that are better evaluators than Kiper, but none could do what he does on TV every year. Mel’s an icon. He doesn’t have to be a good scout. He’s not being paid to be right. 99% of the audience doesn’t know if he’s right or wrong, anyway.

  23. Considering kipper is wrong as much if not more than he is right. Who cares what he says

  24. Kiper’s record is poor, but I do think Jones will go higher than Trey Lance. If you’re a GM selling the owner on taking a QB with mid to high first round pick, taking the Alabama QB is a no-brainer. Trey Lance is a gamble at best.

  25. Disagree on Bama QB’S and Lance. McCarron and possibly Tua are recent examples. No lock. I think Lance rises the most in the draft. Has all the tools, is only 20 and played little at a small school. Needs to go to a team that can develop him for a couple yrs.

  26. Wish Dallas would let Dak go or sign-trade him, keep Dalton, draft Jones. The cap savings for the next few years would be awesome. Jones has also played at a high level in big games.

  27. There’s a huge difference in being a top 10 player and being the 10th QB to be picked.
    I don’t believe anybody that wants Jones needs to be in the top 10 draft position.

  28. Maybe I am taking some of these posts out of context, but it is a historical fact that Drew Henson never started a game at Michigan while Tom Brady was at Michigan.

    Because Henson was a local High school hero, Lloyd Carr felt compelled to platoon Henson some with the starter Brady during Brady’s senior season, but that platooning did not even last the full season, as Brady was clearly the better player and leader.

    In fact, before the NFL draft, while Bobby Grier was still Pats GM, he called Carr to ask him about Brady. Carr presciently told Grier “you would never regret drafting Tom Brady.” Carr has said that Grier was the only personnel person to directly contact him about Brady.

    Grier was no longer employed by the Pats at the time of the draft, and Brady obviously should have been the first pick in that draft, but history is history.

  29. The story of how Mel kiper became Mel Kiper is quite compelling. He is one of us, just a guy but he got in and made it work for a long time. Kudos to Mel, great entertainer and puts in his time.

  30. As much success as Alabama has the QB has not led it. The last successful Alabama QB in the NFL was probably Richard Todd or Jeff Rutledge, unless you may want to go all the way back Ken Stabler. Stay away from Alabama QBs.

  31. I hope my niners draft Mac, sign Fitzmagic and trade Garoppolo.

    Glad we avoided Wentz. Hope we avoid Darnold.

    If we go after Watson, no Bosa in the trade. Bosa is just as dominant as Watson, and had thw most qb pressures in a SB, despite the blatant holds for 60 minutes.

  32. granadafans says:
    February 28, 2021 at 1:50 pm
    The hate on Mel Kiper is completely laughable. Kiper is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to college players. He’s the first one to come out with a mock draft and everyone else just copies it for “their own big board”. He does the research and talks to a lot of scouts to project the top players. Of course he doesn’t get it right every time. No one does.

    16 4 Rate This

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    He can be an encyclopedia all he wants, he doesn’t know the game very well and thinks because the player is great in college it means the player is lock at the pro level. It’s hilarious.

    When NE took Mankins at 32 in 2005 he was fumbling for his draft cheatsheet on live air. It was priceless, but it’s good thing he has that wind tunnell tested hairdo.

  33. I guess the Jags should take Jones instead of Lawrence because Mel Kiper says he resembles the greatest quarterback who ever played the game.

  34. whywerule says:
    February 28, 2021 at 3:49 pm
    Maybe I am taking some of these posts out of context, but it is a historical fact that Drew Henson never started a game at Michigan while Tom Brady was at Michigan.

    Because Henson was a local High school hero, Lloyd Carr felt compelled to platoon Henson some with the starter Brady during Brady’s senior season, but that platooning did not even last the full season, as Brady was clearly the better player and leader.

    In fact, before the NFL draft, while Bobby Grier was still Pats GM, he called Carr to ask him about Brady. Carr presciently told Grier “you would never regret drafting Tom Brady.” Carr has said that Grier was the only personnel person to directly contact him about Brady.

    Grier was no longer employed by the Pats at the time of the draft, and Brady obviously should have been the first pick in that draft, but history is history.

    2 2 Rate This

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    This is not really accurate. Dick Rhebein and BB both liked the Brady skill set and BB sent Rhebein to work out only Rattay
    and Brady.

    Bobby Grier was being phased out and BB took his new GM role in 2000 very seriously as the GM. Grier’s input I am sure was considered based on the team’s current scouting, but BB was hired in January. The draft happens in April, BB pulled the trigger and then he kept, groomed and promoted Brady and Grier was long gone by then.

    His kid in Miami is off to a real rocky start. The Tua problem may be his undoing.

  35. This is the same guy who said Harry was the best wr of that draft class and was a game breaker. Lol. We see how it turned out.

  36. Kyle Trask vs. big bad Bama 408 3 td. Justin Fields 194 1 td. Trask lit up Georgia too 474 4 td 1 int. Trask is the best QB in this draft. I saw them all and he was the best. Why he is not getting respect is beyond me.

  37. There’s only one rule every smart team in the draft follows: Never draft a QB from Alabama or Ohio St in the first round. Alabama and Ohio State QBs come from teams with 5 top offensive lines, running backs and receivers, so they are used to throwing to wide open receivers and 5-8 second pockets. When they get to the NFL, everyone is so much bigger, stronger and ridiculously faster that it’s real difficult for them to adapt to quick decisions and fast closing windows of opportunity.

  38. The last person you want to compare a young QB to is Tom Brady. There is no next Tom Brady, there isn’t anyone like Tom Brady, the man is a unicorn.

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