Bucky Brooks as of late expressed that he doesn’t see Mac Jones as a main three ability in the current year’s draft class. Truth be told, he doesn’t see the previous Alabama quarterback as a first-round ability, period, so it’s hard to envision the San Francisco 49ers burning through four draft picks, including three first-rounders, to move up to acquire him.
Media chat painted an inquisitive picture after the 49ers traded up to the No. 3 spot on March 26. In light of the historical backdrop of quarterbacks that Shanahan has worked with, speculation ran rampant, connecting Jones to the 49ers.
The story has changed a piece since Justin Fields of Ohio State held his second star day in the current week. 49ers lead trainer Kyle Shanahan and head supervisor John Lynch were in participation, and Fields is presently the top pick to succeed Jimmy Garoppolo in Santa Clara.
NFL Media expert Bucky Brooks joined the Rich Eisen Show today and talked about the 49ers’ alternatives with their top pick. With a few fake drafts actually extending a Jones-to-Niners situation on April 29, Eisen asked Brooks who he accepts the pick will be.
“Justin Fields or Trey Lance,” Brooks reacted. “I think the conversation about Mac Jones is just conversation. I think when you’re Kyle Shanahan, and you move up, you move up to get a remarkable talent. And that talent, to me, needs to be someone who can not only do the things that you want to do on the script, but off the script.
“Because at the end of the day, what you’re doing is you need to compare your quarterback to the other quarterbacks in the division. And if we’re being honest, Rich, the NFC West has Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, and Matthew Stafford. In any scenario, do we view Mac Jones as being the player that can be better than any of those guys in the next two to three years? Because if we don’t, then we shouldn’t make a move for him.
“But when we think about the extraordinary talents of the two others (Fields and Lance) that are mentioned, we can see how their athleticism and combination of arm talent could give them an opportunity to succeed and surpass some of those guys in the division. I think it has to be one of those two other guys, and I believe Mac Jones is just a smokescreen.”
Brooks proceeded to separate Lance’s range of abilities and NFL potential. You can watch and tune in to the whole segment below.