Photo of Nazair Jones
Drafted By: Seahawks

Combine Results

Grade
5.52 ?
  • 5.11 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 24.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 101.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.93 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.63 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I thought he fit best in a 3-4 scheme as what they call a five-technique, but he can play defensive tackle. He's got an ideal body type for that. Six-five, over 300 pounds, thought he did a nice job kind of getting in the way of a lot of passes. The only downside I felt with Naz Jones was he ran a little bit hot and cold. He could dominate games at times and then other times he'd disappear for long chunks of times." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'5" Height
  • 34 5/8" Arm Length
  • 304LBS. Weight
  • 10 7/8" Hands

Overview

Jones nearly had to give up football after his junior year in high school, suffering from complex regional pain syndrome, a disease that made him unable to walk and caused him to lose 50 pounds in a month. He returned to play as a senior, but many schools backed off his recruiting trail. While redshirting in Chapel Hill in 2013, "Naz" added 40 pounds of weight, making him a 295-pound interior defender. Despite not starting any games in 2014, Jones led the team with 7.5 tackles for loss. Jones missed games with a leg injury and a concussion as a sophomore (40 tackles, four for loss), but was still a third-team All-ACC pick by league media. He earned that same honor in 2016, setting career highs in tackles (70) and tackles for loss (9.5) while being credited with 2.5 sacks. Jones also used his length to break up 10 passes during his career.

Analysis

Strengths

Has good size with long arms and thick lower half. Play strength is above average. Likes to iniate the contact at point of attack. Initial punch has some shock behind it and he has the power to press defenders off of his chest and keep them at the end of his length. Hand placement generally sound. Can beat one-on-one blocks. Has ability to set the edge and man both gaps. Good twitch in his shed to disengage and make the tackle. Above average tackle production for interior. Rarely beaten soundly by a base block. Shows some control at point of attack.

Weaknesses

Instincts and awareness are below average. Can be slow to find the football. Fooled by misdirection, play-action and screen passes. Lacks feel for flow of the play causing him to play behind the blocks rather than racing in front of them. Lacks feet to recover past a reach block. Needs to operate with more width in his base for balance consistency. Below average change of direction. Plows head-first into pass protection. Doesn't have much of a rush plan and is still looking for a competent counter move. Plays with some stiffness in lower half which affects pad level.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Sources Tell Us

"He's a strong guy and I think he might become a better player in the pros than people might think. He's not going to make a bunch of plays but I like his physicality." -- NFC area scout

NFL Comparison

Joel Heath

Bottom Line

Phone booth defender who has good length and the power to fight for control at the point of attack. Jones' strength is his ability to play the run and he could be a physical fit for 3-4 teams looking to add a run defender to their linemen corps. His inability to get the quarterback will cap his draft slotting but he does have pro potential.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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