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CLEVELAND, OHIO - APRIL 29: Mac Jones poses onstage after being selected 15th by the New England Patriots during round one of the 2021 NFL Draft at the Great Lakes Science Center on April 29, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Mac Jones and the Patriots were a logical pairing for quite some time. The Patriots have a tendency to target SEC quarterbacks and Alabama players, needed a quarterback, and Jones was projected to be right in their range. That left many Patriots fans hoping Jones would be the one to end the long-term quarterback uncertainty that’s loomed over the franchise for the last year.

When the Patriots drafted Jones 15th overall, many Patriots fans got their wish. They weren’t the only ones who viewed it as a perfect match – the quarterback himself ended up where he wanted to be from the beginning.

“Secretly, I really wanted to go to the Patriots all along. So I’m actually really happy that it happened,” Jones said in his first appearance in front of New England media. The answer was related to a question about his fall, after many projected for weeks that he was the San Francisco 49ers’ target with the third overall pick. “At the end of the day, you kind of want to just get the right fit,” Jones remarked about ending up in New England instead of by the Bay.

What makes Jones so sure Foxborough is a fit? “Honestly, New England is just a great place. In watching them in the past years, they do everything right,” he explained. “It’s all about the team. That’s kind of what I grew up knowing, is being a teammate and then obviously winning. It comes down to winning football games and New England has done that, but they don’t look in the past. They just look in future.”

That mentality all starts with Bill Belichick, who Jones has known for a few years now after playing under Nick Saban at Alabama. Jones recalled seeing Belichick at Alabama pro days in the past, not just this past season but in his underclassman years as well.

“He’s a great coach and I’m just glad that he was there and I got to show off some of my skills and stuff,” Jones said. “But at the end of the day, he’s the coach and I’m the player and I’m just looking forward to him coaching me hard and me just take good coaching. So that’s what it comes down to.”

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