Pros: excellent athletic ability…serious burst off the line of scrimmage…incredible upside..an insane amount of production in 2011…plays with a lot of anger against the pass and the rush…good wrap up tackler…has a good bull rush…plays with good leverage consistently…has the athletic ability and fluidity to drop back into coverage and be effective…Lays some punishing blows…Fantastic motor…Long arms
Cons: Has some problems disengaging from blocks in the run game at times, but generally does a good job of stacking and shedding to get to the ball carrier…Needs more seasoning in his pass rushing repertoire…could stand to get bigger…inexperienced needs to continue refining his technique in pass coverage…Transferred to USC because of a neck injury in his freshman year that he couldn’t get medically cleared by the Trojans medical staff
Player comparison: James Harrison, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers
In one of my weekly Q and A’s with Dan Kadar of Mocking the draft, Kadar compared him to James Harrison and I think that’s an apt comparison. I think Jones has more pure ability than Harrison does and also has longer arms. There are some differences though.Harrison plays with absolutely terrific leverage and is much more solidly built.Harrisonis 6′ 242 pounds, Jones is taller and leaner. Harrison also has a fantastic work ethic and mental toughness…this remains to be seen with Jones, there aren’t any questions about his work ethic, but we’ll see how he responds to the rigors of the N.F.L. if he works hard he could be very successful in the N.F.L. It’s likely Jones draft range will also be dependent at least some on his medical evaluation.
Draft Projection: Early-Mid First-Round