Photo of Jarron Jones
Grade
5.74 ?
  • 5.33 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 20.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'6" Height
  • 35 1/2" Arm Length
  • 316LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/2" Hands

Overview

Jones dominated Miami's offensive line this fall, racking up six tackles for loss in an Irish victory. He was given the game ball afterward and presented it to his parents, who were celebrating their 17-year wedding anniversary. Jones was rated as an offensive tackle coming out of high school but suited up on defense during his redshirt season of 2012. He played 12 games, starting once, in 2013 (20 tackles, sack) and then entered the starting line-up as a sophomore (40 tackles, 7.5 for loss) before a foot injury ended his season two games early. Jones came back for preseason practices in 2015 but suffered a torn MCL that kept him out of the lineup until the team's bowl game, where he had one quarterback pressure. Jones finished his Notre Dame career by playing in 12 games, starting six, and making 45 tackles (11 for loss, two sacks, two blocked kicks).

Analysis

Strengths

Former high school basketball player with exciting athletic traits. Able to pursue with quickness in space. Has foot quickness to change direction and extend his tackle radius. Arms are like tentacles that go on and on. Length advantage can be a nightmare for centers who line up against him. Lateral quickness opens doors into backfield as a penetrator. Can be a disruptive force on the other side of the line. Has explosiveness out of stance and up the field as a pass rusher. Combines early explosiveness with rare length to generate pocket push. Frequently a nose, but has the tool box and traits to play three- or five-technique as a pro. Has dominant potential if hand usage and pad level can be coached out of him. Has blocked four kicks during his injury-shortened career at Notre Dame.

Weaknesses

Top heavy. Missing mass through thighs and in calves. Gets battered by down blocks and can be rooted out of gap due to lack of anchor in lower half. Comes off the ball too tall. Needs to play with more consistent bend to alleviate pad level issues. High center of gravity produces issues with balance when thumped with a redirect block. Needs to recognize cut blocks and stuff them more consistently. Scouts consider him unmotivated and question his football character. Doesn't treat offseason as a time to get better. Sources say Irish coaches had to work overtime to keep him interested and working to get better. Injuries have limited his growth as a player and his overall production. Missed final three games in 2014 with Lisfranc injury and the entire 2015 regular season with a torn MCL. Came back for bowl game that season and injured his foot in that game.

Sources Tell Us

"He's a character flag for us. He's talented but I just don't think he loves the game enough for me to back him in our room. Who doesn't love those long arms? We all do, but I think he's lazy and will head south as soon as he has more time and money on his hands." -- NFC director of scouting

NFL Comparison

Jordan Phillips

Bottom Line

Elite size, length and athleticism make Jones an intriguing early round prospect, but history of injuries and concerns over his football character could cause him to fall somewhat. Might have been miscast along the Irish defensive front as his playing style and body type appear to be much more suited further away from the nose spot. Jones' flashes will be tempting, but his lack of production and even snap count should be an immediate red flag along with the "proceed with caution" whispers coming from inside the program. If he can find consistent motivation, Jones could become a very good NFL starter in any defensive scheme. A true boom-or-bust prospect.
-Lance Zierlein
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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.