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Former NFL Executive Picks Between Mac Jones, Tua Tagovaila

Alabama football quarterbacks Mac Jones and Tua Tagovailoa.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 17: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after passing for a touchdown against the Citadel Bulldogs with Mac Jones #10 at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

At one time, Mac Jones and Tua Tagovailoa were teammates at the University of Alabama. Now, they're division-rival quarterbacks in the NFL.

Given their similarities in age and hype coming out of college, many fans and analysts debate over which former Crimson Tide signal caller will have a better professional career.

On Wednesday, former Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum said the Patriots are better off than Miami with Mac Jones as their starting quarterback.

“I’ve never been in on Tua and that’s why I think the Patriots are better than the Dolphins. They have the best Alabama QB in the division,” Tannenbaum said.

Tua, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 draft, experienced an up-and-down ride through his first two seasons with the Dolphins. That being said, his offensive arsenal just got a whole lot more interesting with the acquisition of All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill earlier this offseason.

Jones, the No. 15 overall pick in the 2021 draft, had some pretty consistent success in his rookie season under Bill Belichick. It remains to be seen whether or not he can maintain an upward trajectory heading into Year 2.

Jones and the Patriots fell to Tua and the Dolphins in both meetings this past season -- losing their season-opener 17-16 and their regular-season finale 33-24.

Who would you rather have as your franchise QB?