Alabama all everything Offensive Lineman Barrett Jones heads into the 2013 NFL Draft as one of Draft Insider’s top interior Offensive Lineman prospects to watch. Barrett Jones is one of the most decorated and versatile lineman to enter the draft in a long time. Jones has played all five positions up front and played them all very well. He won the Outland Trophy in 2011 at Left Tackle and the Rimington Award this past season at Center. Jones is a better fit on the inside of the Offensive Line for the NFL. Below is our detailed scouting report on Barrett Jones.
– 6’4″ 305 lbs
Full disclosure, Barrett Jones is one of my favorite prospects in this years draft class. I really enjoy watching this young man play football. Jones is very versatile, he can play any position on the line and play it well. Jones is a smart player. You can often spot him making line calls and changes, and helping the quarterback with calls at the line. He also graduated in three years with a 4.0 GPA in Accounting. Jones is a very smooth football player, and that is not an easy thing to do in the trenches. When you watch him play he makes it look easy. He doesn’t rush anything, he goes into every snap with a plan and is patient. Jones is a drive blocker and can move defenders off the line of scrimmage. The Alabama Crimson Tide asked a lot out of Barrett Jones in his tenure there, and he answered every single one of them. He dominated some of the toughest competition week in and week out against high quality SEC opponents and players.
At first glance there really isn’t many flaws to Barrett Jones’ game. You really have to dig deep on this guy to find any flaw that really sticks out. When he gets to the second level he tends to lunge into the block, allowing defenders to slip off of the block or swipe his hands and get away. You can question Jones’ overall physical strength as he has struggled with the bull rush at times. But, that could also be related to his injury history, as he played through injuries most of his career. That is another question mark with Jones is his injuries. He is currently out with a Lisfranc Foot sprain. Which will sit him for 3 months and he will miss most, if not all of the pre draft activities. Jones also is not as talented of an athletes as some of the other prospects that are in this years NFL Draft.
Jones is projected to be a mid to late second round pick in April’s Draft.
Prospect Profile completed by:
Zack Spears is Draft Insider’s Head Offensive and Defensive Line Scout.
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