Trust me, I come here to bury Ohio State not to praise them.
But some of the same things that can be said about Ohio State QB's can be said about Alabama QB's since...post-Richard Todd? If we're being honest with ourselves, Alabama QB's have been equally as bad in the pros in the past 15-20...(even 40?)years or so as Ohio State QB's. Tua may change things. Or Tua might be the result of Alabama producing really good (if fragile) WR's. Who can be sure?
All things being equal, you'd probably want Fields over Mac Jones based purely on athleticism. Personally, I wouldn't be keen on taking a first round flier on either - and I'm a Raiders fan who knows all about bad first round picks. But why Mac Jones is getting a "game manager" rap and moving up the charts while Fields has gotten...a lot of dog whistling blown his way is...curious. Predictable, but curious.
The one thing I think Jones DOES have as an advantage over Fields - and it's the 30000 ton elephant in the room - Big 10+ football is not very good. At all. Locally I get the smoke blown up my butt about how Ohio State dominates the greatest football conference in the history of pigs sacrificing skins. But the Big 10+ is really really really really bad.
So it's possible scouts are looking at game film and realizing just how poor the level of play in the Big 10+ is and Jones is getting some credit for playing in the SEC - you'd think that might count for something. I'm not sure if playing in the SEC should vault Jones up that high given that he didn't look like anything special to me. But hey, what do I know?