Projected 40-Time: 4.54
Star Rating: Grade: 80
Draft Projection: 3rd Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Jones is a strong, physically gifted defender who brings a complete game to the field. He’s a durable defender who has elite size and good speed. He has great instincts, shows good awareness and positions himself well to make a play. He diagnoses the action, reads the quarterback and possesses a burst to close on the ball. He’s an exceptional athlete who has tremendous leaping ability and displays elite ball skills. He enjoys the physical aspects of the game and looks to deliver a knockout blow. He’s surprisingly agile for a defender of his size and has great straight-line speed. He reacts well against the run, disengages from blocks as he forcefully makes his way towards the line and flashes proper tackling technique against the opposition. He has sideline-to-sideline range and takes good angles in pursuit on the perimeter. He’s a tough competitor and a leader on the field who can play both safety positions.
Weaknesses: He’s lacks fluidity in his hips and doesn’t transition well with receivers. He’s aggressive against the run, but tends to over-pursue the action and will miss tackles.Steuber Says: A two-year starter at Georgia, Jones played in 39 games, starting 25, during his three-year career. Jones decided to forego his senior season after a junior campaign where he recorded 73 tackles, 4.5 for a loss, and four interceptions. At 6-foot-1, 214 pounds, Jones is an underrated safety in this year’s draft, mainly because of the talent that exists. He’s not a playmaker like Eric Berry or Earl Thomas, nor is he a physical specimen like Taylor Mays, but there’s no question that he should be mentioned in the same breath with those players. Jones had one of the best performances of any safety at the Scouting Combine and showed scouts that he has the athleticism to play free safety at the next level.
A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: email@example.com. You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.