What if the Patriots drafted the three Alabama receivers for Mac Jones?

People have equated the success of the 2021 New England Patriots with Bill Belichick pulling his hand out of draft players.

Reports surfaced of him allowing the scouting department to take care of his responsibilities, and it gave a better hit rate on guys for a team that made the playoffs. New England had success with Mac Jones (quarterback), Christian Barmore (defensive lineman) and Rhamondre Stevenson (offensive) as rookies. Jones set rookie records, Barmore impressed teammates with his production, and Stevenson produced quality on the court. The Patriots could have seven or eight picks in the April draft. New England wants to regain its dominance in the AFC East, and the wide receiver position needs improvement.

Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne caught over 50 passes for over 800 receiving yards, but Belichick also saw plenty of stray balls.

Tom Brady won the NFL Most Valuable Player award three times (2007, 2010, 2017) in 19 seasons with the Patriots. He had some elite weapons in all three seasons, including Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Danny Amendola.

New England fans think Jones is the next Brady. The Patriots need to build around him if they want Jones to achieve that status. Three receivers are in the NFL Draft as Alabama alumni. John Metchie, Jameson Williams and Slade Bolden told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine that they met with the Patriots. Metchie, who had a successful 2020 season with Jones at Alabama, said it would be “cool” to reunite with his former teammate.

Bolden has come off as the ultimate patriot in interviews.

Metchie and Bolden have chemistry with Jones, while Williams would bring incredible offensive play.

Teams must have more than one quarterback to win the Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Rams had several playmakers, including Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr., Van Jefferson and Robert Woods (pre-injury), around Matthew Stafford last season.

It’s a long shot and goes against what Belichick is doing, but New England can draft Williams in the first round, Metchie in the second round and Bolden in the fifth or sixth round for Jones. If Belichick wants to show Jones is on the level of Josh Allen, Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow, he needs to surround the former Alabama caller with help.

Williams and Metchie will be ready to work in training camp to recover from knee injuries.

Both receivers got their measurements combined.

Jameson Williams’ NFL Combine metrics

– Height: 6’1″

-Weight: 179 pounds

– Needles: 9 1/4″

– Arm: 32 1/8″

-Wingspan: 75 7/8″

John Metchie’s NFL Combine Measurements

– Height: 5’11”

-Weight: 187 pounds

– Needles: 9 1/4″

– Arm: 30 5/8″

Teams may see Williams’ height as a disadvantage, but we have to remember DeVonta Smith. Smith wasn’t the biggest receiver entering the 2021 NFL Draft, but he dominated Alabama and had a successful rookie season with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Realistically, the Patriots can get one or two of the three. Jones has proven to be a capable quarterback, and New England might have their say on that. Whatever he decides to do, Belichick needs to go all-in with Jones as the league’s next top passer. Brady needed reliable weapons to earn NFL MVP honors, and he left because the Pats weren’t spending money on players.

Jones fired New England to the playoffs at 10-7 in 2021. Belichick needs to invest in his quarterback by pursuing every opportunity to draft Williams, Metchie and Bolden.

Jones could be a perennial Pro Bowl selection, All-Pro selection and Super Bowl champion if the Patriots get his Alabama guns for him.

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Stephen M. Smith is editor-in-chief and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” it on Facebook or “follow him” on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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