Sam Jones

Arizona State
C

Prospect Info

College
Arizona State
Hometown
Class
Highlands Ranch, CO
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
305 lbs
31”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.00
50-50 Chance to Make NFL Roster
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Denver
Broncos
Round 6 ‧ Pick 9
40 Yard Dash
5.32
Seconds
 
Bench Press
28
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
27.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
101.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.92
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.86
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Jones decided to leave ASU after his redshirt junior season for the NFL, partially because of the firing of his head coach, Todd Graham. He was coming off an honorable mention All-Pac-12 campaign where he started all 13 games at the left guard position. Jones had started the first seven games of his sophomore season at left guard, as well, but a foot injury sidelined him for the rest of the year. He played in 12 games, starting five (one at left tackle, one at right tackle, three at left guard) in 2015. Jones redshirted his first season with the Sun Devils after signing on as a four-star prospect from the southern Denver metro area.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7/PFA
Overview
Lean, athletic guard who has the quickness to make reach blocks and backside cut-offs on the second level, but is unable to consistently handle the man in front of him. Jones will have to play in a zone-scheme rushing attack to try and mitigate his strength deficiencies, but his issues carrying weight on his frame could haunt him on the next level and will likely force a move to center.
Strengths
  • Gets up and out of his stance with good quickness as a blocker
  • Good athlete
  • Has movement skills to sink and redirect his weight to adjust to moving targets
  • Dips and finds some leverage at the point of attack
  • Able to hook and turn defenders out and around the run lane
  • Smooth in work-up blocks and climbs to second level
  • Centers second level targets and runs his feet to secure
  • Pass sets with ready hands
  • Punches square into opponent's frame and continues to mirror
Weaknesses
  • Carries a sunken chest on a thin frame
  • Has difficulties maintaining necessary weight and mass for the position
  • Hand placement will run a little wide as a run blocker sapping him of needed power
  • Core strength is well below average
  • Loses early positional advantages due to a lack of strength
  • Unable to handle one-on-one base blocks against power across from him
  • Gets ragdolled at the point of attack
  • Unable to re-direct defenders to get into his cage
  • Needs to become more aware of twists and blitzers

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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