Watching Jones last season he looked a bit too bulky for his own good, losing some of the impressive explosion and fluidity he displayed for such a big guy as a freshman. However, he looks a little leaner this year, which has really helped his play dramatically in the process in my opinion. He’s not only doing a much better job cleanly changing directions and accelerating out of his breaks in order to gain separation on sharply breaking routes, but his overall feel as a route runner has really improved. He’s doing a much better job changing gears in order to set up routes, which allows him to consistently gain a step and then use his big, long frame to adjust to the football.
He showcased great body control and focus on one back shoulder throw Saturday and at times is simply too good, making a play on the football even when covered up. Now, I am not going to say that Jones is hands down the better prospect over A.J. Green, but he does add more of a physical element compared to Green and depending on what your flavor is, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to hear some teams liking Jones a bit more that Green come draft day."
From the moment Jones stepped onto the field as a 6’4”, 220-plus pound freshman at Alabama he made the rest of the SEC feel his presence. However, in 2009, despite adding a National Championship to his resume, the man-child had a lackluster sophomore campaign, due in part to nagging injuries. Now about to enter his junior season, Jones has NFL scouts in a feeding frenzy to see him justify their lofty expectations. He is as physical as they come and a difficult player to cover one-on-one. This could be a turning point for the highly-touted pass catcher—will he flourish and have the type of All-American season everyone believes he can, or flounder in mediocrity and make everyone wonder if we all overrated him as a freshman? Make no mistake; the Crimson Tide wide out has the ability to have that All-American season, which could translate to a top-10 selection in the spring of 2011."
Jones lined up most of the game against LSU junior cornerback Patrick Peterson, widely recognized as the best cornerback in America. Jones excelled.
ESPN's Scouts Inc. has Jones listed as a fringe first-round player, but he proved the exact opposite. On the game, he had a tough 89 yards on 10 receptions with a touchdown.
Many of Jones' catches came on slants that Peterson couldn't figure out how to defend. Jones' most impressive play came in the first half. Quarterback Greg McElroy threw the ball to Jones' outside shoulder.
He threw it a little too far outside and Jones had to use his body control to readjust and stretch back outside to make the catch away from his frame. It's the kind of catch Jones might not have been able to make in the past.
Jones has also shown much better route running this season. Add those things to already very good hands and solid strength and Jones is cementing himself near the top of the first round.
To consider him anything else at this point is foolish.
So what does this game say for Peterson? Not much. Don't forget, when he matched up against Jones in 2009, all seven targets were incompletions.
It is somewhat troubling that Peterson was beaten several times on slants. But those same completions also showed his solid tackling skills. He should still be considered a top five player."
Negatives: Has just average speed, is not a burner... Inconsistent hands, drops some easy passes, has lapses in concentration... Doesn't always give his best effort, can disappear in games... Often mistimes his jumps when going up for the football... Has had a few minor injuries, bruised his knee in 2009 and broke his hand in 2010... Doesn't always catch the ball with his hands, tries to use his body too much which has resulted in some drops... Production was somewhat limited by Alabama's offense which featured two of the best running backs in the country."
However, he is such a competitor that he has risen above the pain and continued to produce at a very high level, appearing dominant against Tennessee and matching up well against LSU's Patrick Peterson. He will fit as a "Z" receiver in a West Coast offense."
For my money, it isn't even close.
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