Jaryd Jones-Smith

Pittsburgh
OT

Prospect Info

College
Pittsburgh
Hometown
Class
Camden, NJ
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 7"
317 lbs
36 1/4”
Hands
10 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.57
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.22
Seconds
 
Bench Press
16
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
27.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
109.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
8.1
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.94
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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It has been a difficult five-plus years for Jones-Smith. He lost his father, James Edwards Jones, to brain tumors in December 2012. After showing promise starting three of 13 games played at left tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2014, he missed the entire next season after blowing out his knee in June 2015. Jones-Smith ripped multiple ligaments and his tibia bone twisted to put pressure on a major artery; he could have lost his leg had medical staff not acted as quickly. Somehow he returned to play in eight games in 2016, starting one as the team's sixth offensive lineman. The former New Jersey All-State performer earned his degree, however, and contributed to the Panthers' 2017 season, starting nine games at right tackle.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Overview
Jones-Smith's tape will be disappointing if you are looking for athleticism and effective run blocking, but his ability to utilize his long arms as a deterrent to pass rushers is sure to get the attention of NFL teams looking for plus traits. If he checks out medically, he could be a day three selection with the ability to compete for a future starting spot at right tackle. His case could be helped or hurt depending on whether or not teams see him as a viable swing tackle option or even a guard prospect.
Strengths
  • Tall with athletic frame and arms that dangle by his side
  • Able to step inside and wall off defenders in run game
  • Has some natural ability in pass protection
  • Slides have adequate weight dispersal and he's able to absorb speed to power conversions with engaged core
  • Effective use of arm length can shut down one-move rushers
  • Does a good job of keeping a jab in rusher's chest
  • Length allows him to run edge rushers up past the arc
  • Works to keep rushers centered in power zone
  • Had his share of quality reps against Bradley Chubb
  • Body control is adequate
  • Hand placement is likely to be improved in pros
Weaknesses
  • Missed 2015 due to a severe knee injury where he tore three of four ligaments
  • Lacks extensive starting experience
  • Grass pounder with heavy feet
  • Not a very fluid athlete whether moving forward or laterally
  • Will run feet through contact as drive blocker, but doesn't generate much push
  • Lacks finishing characteristics in run game
  • Needs to drop pad level lower in run game
  • Ineffective on the move
  • Takes bad angles to second level and rarely sticks to those blocks long
  • Slow to redirect his weight and will have to prove he can handle NFL edge speed and subsequent counters inside

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GRADE
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