Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Jarron Jones

Jarron Jones, Notre Dame
6-6, 315
Jones was a high school offensive tackle while in high school in the Miami area, but moved to defense once he arrived at Notre Dame. Jones redshirted in 2012, and then missed two games as a sophomore to a foot injury. He missed the entire regular season in 2015 with an MCL tear. He played in 12 games as a senior, but started only six games total.
As a rs freshman, he collected 20 tackles, with one sack, one QB hurry, one forced fumble, and two blocked kicks.
He finished with 40 tackles as a sophomore, and added 7.5 TFLs, and 1.5 sacks. He also added seven QB hurries, and two more blocked kicks.
He missed his junior season, and as a senior, he recorded 45 tackles, 11 TFLs, two sacks, three PBUs, and blocked another two kicks.
The Good
Played basketball in high school, and has retained that athleticism.
Plays with a solid burst in space, and displays solid body control.
Long arms gets him into position to block kicks on special teams.
Can get past the point of attack with a good deal of quickness.
Can play NT, or either DT spot in the gap technique.
The Bad
Plays with poor pad level, and is upright too often.
Hands are not a finished product just yet.
The injury history has to be a concern. Once he returned as a senior, he had basically lost his full time starting job.
Very raw in some areas.
Does not always seem to be aware of what the offense is doing.
Has a limited work ethic during the season and during the off-season.
Not a real leader, and tends to loaf.
Has to ask himself if he wants this.
Will have to constantly be motivated.
Final Overview
He has displayed enough in short bursts, but long term, he just does not seem to want to be doing this. He has some serious skills when he applies himself, but the question is about whether or not he will stay self motivated, and so far it seems that he is not. He does not condition well during the off-season, and that could be a major problem down the road. He has enough raw ability that someone will not do their homework and pick him in the mid rounds, and he could really end up disappointing someone.

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