Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Mac Jones (Alabama) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the New England Patriots as the number 15 overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Five quarterbacks were selected in the first round of Thursday night’s NFL Draft, including three quarterbacks going 1-2-3. While Trevor Lawrence will get the most hype as the number one pick, it’s Mac Jones who is walking into the best long-term situation of all the quarterbacks.

The New England Patriots used their 15th overall pick to grab Mac Jones, who was the quarterback at Alabama.

Jones is joining the Patriots at the perfect time. New England re-signed Cam Newton to a one-year deal in the off-season, meaning that Jones will have both time to learn Belichick’s system and a competitive situation for him to get better under. He had to sit behind Tua Tagivailoa during his time at Alabama, so this isn’t a new situation for Jones. 

In 2020, New England missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008, but the team’s record was 7-9. It’s not a complete rebuild, like what Lawrence will have to deal with in Jacksonville. While New England has a rather vocal fanbase, it’s not like the media spotlight Zack Wilson will face in New York.

Most importantly, Jones will have a coach who has shown an ability to help his quarterback through whatever situation he has been thrown in. Belichick’s relationship with Alabama head coach Nick Saban means Jones comes in with not just Saban’s stamp of approval, but plenty of information so Belichick and Co. can design a perfect offense to play up Jones’ skillset.

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