NFL scout thinks Duke quarterback Daniel Jones would make sense for Patriots in the draft
The New England Patriots, believe it or not, have no plans to move on from Tom Brady in the immediate future.
The Hall-of-Fame signal-caller might not be the imminently dominant force he was in his prime, but remains one of the league’s most valuable players at 41 years old nonetheless.
Even so, it’s only a matter of time until the inevitable effects of aging finally force Brady to retire, and one analyst thinks the Patriots should address that reality by selecting Duke quarterback Daniel Jones as his replacement in the upcoming NFL draft:
“Daniel Jones, if he falls that far to No. 32, would make a lot of sense for them,” NFL Network draft guru Daniel Jeremiah told Kevin Duffy of The Boston Herald on Monday. “He’s very bright. He’s going to be able to swallow the information you’re going to have to swallow…has touch and accuracy, does not have a huge arm.
“[Jones is] real smooth rhythm quarterback, which is something (the Patriots) value in a big way,” he continued.
Jones threw for 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while completing 60.5 percent of his passes last season.
Those numbers are pedestrian for quarterbacks with NFL potential, but fail to convey the strengths Jones displayed throughout his collegiate career while playing for a non-football powerhouse.
Brady, remember, was nearly replaced two seasons ago before New England shipped promising backup Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers.
The six-time Super Bowl champion threw for 4,355 yards, 29 scores, and 11 interceptions last season before leading the Patriots to an unprecedented third Vince Lombardi trophy in five seasons.