TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Former University of Alabama quarterback Mac Jones wanted to leave scouts and team officials with memorable final impression during the end of his second pro day workout on Tuesday.
He definitely did that with a triple-option tribute to a former coach who had passed away, even though it was a play that Nick Saban probably never would have called. With running back Najee Harris lined up in the backfield, he pitched the ball back and then ran a receiving route, catching an easy pass into the end zone.
Overall, Jones had some overthrows but otherwise seemed pleased with his workout inside the Hank Crisp Facility. He had some fun as well.
"Hopefully I showed some arm strength," Jones said.
"I showed today that I can do anything that they want me to."
Although Harris went through some running back drills, Jones was again the main attraction while throwing for the second time in as many weeks. Among those he threw to included Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, along with tight ends Miller Forristall and Carl Tucker.
Draft-eligible players that did not participate in on-field drills but were in attendance included: Christian Barmore, Deonte Brown, Landon Dickerson, Alex Leatherwood, Dylan Moses, Patrick Surtain II and Jaylen Waddle.
The NFL Network reported that Smith had recently caught some balls from Jones, but the finger he injured during the national championship game still hasn't fully healed. "Is still purple is how," reporter James Palmer described it.
"People had questions about my hand, and I wanted to show the hand is not an issue," Smith told the SEC Network and former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy.
"The competitiveness came out. I got a little too carried away. But it felt good to get our there."
Among the NFL officials on hand included Patriots coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Bears coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan pace, Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis, Jets general manager Joe Douglas, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier,and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch.
A lot had been made about the latter two being in Tuscaloosa instead of watching Justin Fields during Ohio State's pro day, as the 49ers recently traded up to acquire the No. 3-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
However, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer in MMQB pointed out that 49ers assistant general manager Adam Peters, college scouting director Ethan Waugh and quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello were all at Ohio State (where Fields ran an unofficial 40 in 4.4 seconds).
Jones threw during last week's pro day as well, when he tried to answer any lingering concerns about his athleticism. For Tuesday, he had a script with 58 throws, including more deep attempts (15 or so). The script included two throws similar to the "wow" bootleg throwback by BYU quarterback Zach Wilson last week.
From Ian Rapoport, who was on-hand at the Hank Crisp Facility, Harris didn't run the 40 as he "kept training through an ankle injury suffered late this season that hasn’t been afforded the required time to fully heal."
His left ankle was taped.
Despite Jones' aim at finishing with something memorable, it was Dickerson who provided the moment no one will forget. While while trying to distract Jones during his interview with SEC Network, the center who is coming off ACL surgery did numerous cartwheels in full view of the camera.
The photobomb worked as the the quarterback nicknamed "Joker" couldn't keep a straight face.