Jonathan M. Alexander: The case for and against Panthers picking Mac Jones at No. 8 in NFL draft

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — ESPN’s Mel Kiper caused quite the stir among Panthers fans when he released his latest mock draft on Thursday. Kiper, a highly respected NFL draft expert, has the Panthers picking Mac Jones at No. 8. Jones is regarded by many draft experts as one of the top-five best quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL draft. He helped lead Alabama to a national championship title this past January and was also a Heisman Trophy finalist. Jones was projected to be a mid- to late-first round draft pick, but in recent weeks, his stock has increased. The Panthers could draft him at No. 8. Here is the ca…

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