Only one year as a full-time starter, Jones has premium traits for the position. He has dancing bear ability and with work on his hand placement, he could become a franchise tackle. He's in the same bucket as Paris Johnson as a favorite to go to the Jets in the first round.
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An athletic tackle with light feet and length, Jones shined in his first full year starting at left tackle for a national championship team.
He’s explosive getting into both his pass sets or taking off as a run blocker. He can adjust on the fly against pass rushers due to his quick lower half. He doesn’t carry any bad weight, allowing him to maximize his athletic traits.
Jones still needs to continue adding strength to improve his anchor when handling direct power. At times he throws his hands a bit too wide, allowing pass rushers to get into his chest. He needs to avoid ducking his head, specifically when fearing the outside speed rush.
Keep in mind he only started 4 games in 2021 before locking down a starting role in his last season.
In the zone run game Jones displays excellent burst to get to his spots. His balance on the move is impressive, but he can get a little out of control when he tries to lineup smaller defenders. I love his demeanor and the pop his hands deliver when drive blocking.
Overall, Jones is a scheme-proof tackle prospect that has his best football ahead of him. His athleticism should be a weapon in the run game. He has the raw traits to excel as a pass protector, he just needs to focus on a few technical hiccups that were mentioned above.
He’s a true left tackle that should have a long NFL career.
Jones had a pre-draft visit with the Jets.