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Grade
5.25 ?
  • 4.60 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 40.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.16 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.41 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 34 1/8" Arm Length
  • 235LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Set an all-time school sack record with 35. 2013: First-team All-Mountain East Conference selection after starting in all 12 games and helping lead team to undefeated regular season and 11-1 record overall; lost to West Chester in the Division II quarterfinals. 2012: Started all 11 games. 2011: Started all 11 games. 2010: Played in 13 of 14 games and made 12 starts.

Analysis

Strengths

Muscular build with long arms. Intriguing athleticism. Outstanding straight-line speed and leaping ability. Explosive edge burst. Displays good balance, body control and agility as a rusher. Dips inside suddenly. Closes fast and shows striking ability. Flashes power potential. Has special-teams experience. Durable four-year starter.

Weaknesses

Is undersized and vulnerable at the point of attack. Does not set a hard edge. Hand use and pass-rush technique need to be coached up. Tight hips exposed in space -- struggles to change direction efficiently or break down to secure 1-on-1 tackles (inconsistent in this area). Tight hips. Green eyes and instincts -- does not exhibit a feel for blocking schemes and struggles to locate the ball. Football intelligence is lacking -- will require simple assignments.

Bottom Line

Lean, explosive, highly athletic rush linebacker prospect who overwhelmed inferior tackles at the Division II level and has clear developmental value and upside potential. Best deployed with pinned ears and see-ball, get-ball instructions, Jones is raw, but has enticing speed and crude pass-rush ability for a patient, positional coach to mold.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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