Photo of T.J.  Jones
Drafted By: Lions

Combine Results

Grade
5.32 ?
  • 4.48 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 119.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.82 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.27 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.45 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"This is a big weekend for Notre Dame; eight guys drafted so far. Jones really grew up this year and became a dominant slot receiver. He's going to have to play some special teams." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 188LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Born in Winnipeg, Canada. His father, the late Andre Jones (died in June 2011), was a defensive end on the 1988 Notre Dame national championship team. His uncle Philip Daniels was a 14-year NFL defensive end with the Seahawks, Bears and Redskins (1996-2010) and currently works as the director of player development for the Redskins. His cousin DaVaris Daniels is a receiver for the Fighting Irish. His godfather, Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, starred as a receiver and return man for the Irish (1988-90) before a pro career with the CFL's Toronto Argonauts (1991-92) and NFL's Raiders, Panthers and Cowboys (1993-2001). T.J. prepped in Georgia. As a true freshman in 2010, started 7 of 12 games played and recorded 23 receptions for 306 yards (13.3-yard average) and three touchdowns. Did not play against Utah (concussion). Started 12 of 13 games in 2011, snagging 38 catches for 366 yards (9.6) and three TDs. Started 11 of 13 games in 2012, catching 50 passes for 649 yards (13.0) and four TDs. Was the Irish's leading receiver in 2013, when he produced 70 catches for 1,108 yards (15.8) and nine TDs and returning 14 punts for 106 yards (7.6) in 13 games (seven starts). Team captain.

Analysis

Strengths

Fluid movement with good balance and body control. Releases cleanly and accelerates off the line. Excellent route runner. Sinks his hips and gets in and out of cuts cleanly to create separation. Adjusts to throws and has soft, reliable hands. Exhibits field awareness and is quarterback friendly. Quick and slippery after the catch. Comes from football family. Durable and experienced. Mature, likeable, intelligent team captain.

Weaknesses

Could stand to add some body armor and improve functional strength. Average physicality. Lacks elite top-end speed. Not exceptionally explosive, nor is he a go-up-and-get-it guy. Limited kick-return experience.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

Athletic, smooth-moving, polished receiver who runs crisp routes, has terrific hands and boasts NFL bloodlines. Balanced skill set, dependability and versatility will be valued at the next level, where he could be a productive No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in a sophisticated passing system. Arrow pointing up.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
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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