Is a gifted athlete for the position as well. Possesses good straight-line speed and initial burst when asked to click and close and exhibits good fluidity in the hips as well. Has the ability to cleanly open up when asked to turn and run and consistently is able to snap his head around and find the football. Exhibits good ball skills, locates the throw quickly, has good body control and knows how to create turnovers in the pass game.
Has been very productive in that area ever since his freshman year. However, is a better athlete than corner at this stage. Is raw off the line in press, doesn't consistently do a great job moving his feet and getting his hands on defenders and too often gets overextended with his footwork and will open up the inside gate giving up separation.
Also, looks more comfortable in his drop off coverage where he does a better job sitting into his stance and keeping his footwork compact and feet under him. But consistently gets upright when asked to redirect, which really takes away from his balance and ability to quickly close on the football. Exhibits good make-up speed, but needs to learn to transition lower at the next level.
Impression: A tall, strong, good-looking athlete with all the tools, just needs to learn to play the cornerback position. Plays in both man and zone at the college game and his range, ball skills, size and fluidity makes me think he can play in any scheme, just needs to learn to tighten up his footwork and learn to play lower. A nice developmental later- round cornerback prospect."
Jones shared the team's freshman of the year award in 2007, after redshirting the previous season, by starting three games due to injury and posting 53 tackles, two interceptions, seven pass breakups and three blocked kicks. He started two of 15 contests as a sophomore with an interception and eight pass breakups before earning first-team All-MIAA in 2009 as a full-time starter (55 tackles, five INTs, 11 PBUs). He then bettered all his numbers in his senior All-American season (56 tackles, six TFL, six INTs-two returning for TD, 13 PBUs).
Jones has the size and strength to hold his own on the outside against NFL receivers, but could also handle slot duties. Though his technique needs refining, his hands for the interception and willingness to support against the run make him a draftable prospect for teams looking for an immediate contributor in the secondary.
Positives: Good height for the position and has some thickness in his limbs. Quick feet coming off the line, uses fluid hips and recovery speed to adjust after receiver makes his move. Fast enough to turn and run with most anyone down the sideline. Finds the ball well in the air, adjusts to tipped ball over the middle and is capable of high-pointing throws downfield. Separates his man from the ball with quick hands or a hard hit. Takes on receivers on run plays, works his way around the man and disengages to attack ballcarriers. Experienced on special teams, runs as gunner and has fair quickness and extension off edge for kick blocks.
Negatives: Needs work in his backpedal, stands up too quickly instead of staying low until receiver shows the route; gives up receptions in off coverage and separation on comeback routes too easily until this is coached out of him. Hesitates and takes some poor angles when closing on receivers or tracking running backs, allowing too much yardage after the catch. Lacks great length and has small hands despite of his overall size."
Positive: Athletic cornerback with a tremendous amount of upside. Fluid peddling in reverse, easily runs downfield with opponents, and has quarterbacks throwing away from him. Plays with physicality and breaks well to the ball.
Negative: Struggles getting off blocks to make his way up the field and is not consistent in his backpedal.
Analysis: Jones possesses the physical skills to play at the next level and has shown a lot of ability to past two years. He's a developmental prospect worth taking in the late rounds and is someone who can play in dime packages or on special teams early in his NFL career."
Ryan Jones brings an absolutely outstanding fusion of skills to this Great Game: Terrific Long Speed, exceptional Quickness, superior Fluidity, and tremendous Verticity ~ Turn + Burn ability. He's Instinctive, he's Strong, and he's got a well established talent for sniffing out the FootBall and creating TurnOvers.
And he's an aggressive Run Defender who hits hard and often.
He's raw and untrained, as can be expected, coming out of an obscure school, but that's nothing that can't be rapidly overcome when he gets Pro training. I believe this kind has #1 Corner potential written all over him, and yet he's projected to go in the Late Rounds!!
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