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Mac Jones Shows off Arm at Alabama Pro Day Ahead of 2021 NFL Draft

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2021

FILE - Alabama quarterback Mac Jones passes against Ohio State during the second half of an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game in New Orleans, in this Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, file photo. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was among 98 juniors granted eligibility by the NFL into the draft, while national championship-winning QBs Mac Jones from Alabama and Trevor Lawrence from Clemson were among another 30 players eligible after completing their degrees and deciding not to play more in college. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
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Quarterback prospect Mac Jones did his best to boost his stock ahead of the 2021 NFL draft at Alabama's pro day.

Jones threw for scouts Tuesday, displaying his accuracy across the field:

Alabama Athletics @UA_Athletics

Putting in work on Pro Day! 🏈 https://t.co/8A9VhYfmrS

NFL Network @nflnetwork

.@MacJones_10 launches it 🚀 📺: Path to the Draft Pro Day Special: Alabama LIVE on NFL Network https://t.co/SAgWhtf0Nv

Chase Goodbread of NFL.com provided an assessment of the session:

Chase Goodbread @ChaseGoodbread

Mac Jones' pro day throwing session in the books. Overthrow on his first rep but sharp thereafter. Lotta deep balls. Receiving crew: TE Miller Forristall, TE Carl Tucker, FB Josh McMillan, WR Slade Bolden, WR Xavier Williams.

The signal-caller is coming off an incredible year leading the Crimson Tide to a 13-0 record and a national championship with an offense that averaged 48.5 points per game. Jones finished third in Heisman Trophy voting after totaling 4,500 passing yards with 41 touchdowns and four interceptions.

It could be enough to put him in the first round of the draft, with ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. projecting him to go 15th overall to the New England Patriots.

There are still some question marks as he competes with other top options at his position including Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields and Trey Lance.

One issue is his athleticism, which he tried to answer with workouts Tuesday:

James Palmer @JamesPalmerTV

Been told on Mac Jones unofficial 40 of 4.82 and 4.79 so far. The thought was that he would run around 4.8. https://t.co/0Vgf43SWlk

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Mac Jones on the vert: 32. https://t.co/srA6XL3Fya

As Connie Carberg noted, the 40-yard dash time was in line with what Patrick Mahomes and Sam Darnold produced at the NFL combine coming out of college.

Nick Saban also offered high praise for Jones, calling him a "hard worker" and "good leader."

NFL Network @nflnetwork

What are NFL teams going to love about @MacJones_10? 🙌 @AlabamaFTBL’s Nick Saban has high praise for his QB's next chapter…  “The guy is very committed to being the best player he could be.” https://t.co/BymbRB83qW

The endorsement could be worth a lot as organizations decide on their future franchise quarterback.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported Jones will also throw about 60 passes next week to provide NFL teams with more chances to see him.

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