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Rams Prospect Profile: OL Barrett Jones

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:29 pm    Post subject: Rams Prospect Profile: OL Barrett Jones Reply with quote

G/C Barrett Jones (6'4"/306) - Alabama

Workout Results:
40 yard dash: 5.43
Bench press: 27 reps

"Experts" Take:
Rob Rang wrote:
STRENGTHS: Jones is typically characterized as a try-hard player who gets by with excellent fundamentals, and it is true that he uses his hands and feet very well to consistently defeat his opponent. However, while he isn't likely to cause anyone to compare his raw athleticism to former first round offensive tackles Tyron Smith (Dallas Cowboys, No. 9, 2011) or Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers, No. 28, 2007), Jones is smooth and efficient when easing back at the snap in pass protection or getting to the second level. He latches on and keeps his feet moving on contact, rarely allowing his opponent to make the play even if he's relatively close to the ballcarrier.

WEAKNESSES: Doesn't blow defenders off the ball with pure strength. Not a flashy athlete and may struggle to excel at the NFL level.

COMPARES TO: Bruce Matthews, OL, ex-Oilers/Titan -- Alabama coach Nick Saban has publicly compared Jones to the Hall of Famer Matthews, who saw action at all five positions during his 19 years with the Houston Oilers (and Tennessee Titans), and whom Saban saw up close when coaching defensive backs in Houston from 1988-1989. wrote:
STRENGTHS Possesses NFL size for an interior player. Solid pass protector whether playing inside or outside, plays with a wide base, mirrors and anchors effectively by keeping his feet moving and extends his arms to stay engaged. Good hip extension in the run game. Gets correct angle to create running lane when blocking on the move, can also create space inside by moving his man out of the hole using his hands and bulk. Able to seal the tackle and then work to linebackers close to the line on combo blocks. Can reach the 3-technique defensive tackle from the center spot. Fits on second-level blocks very well in the run game. Very good football and general intelligence. Great awareness of late blitzers and twist stunts, and he gives excellent effort to reach free rushers so his quarterback stays upright.

WEAKNESSES Limited athlete who will be at his best on the inside at the next level. Tends to stop his feet and lunge at pass rushers on the edge. Top-heavy, upright runner on pulls without great foot speed. Gets to the second level well, but can struggle tracking and adjusting to moving targets. Quicker linebackers and defensive backs jump around his lunges if he is unable to get his hands on their numbers. Inconsistent firing out of his stance and staying low on short-yardage plays. Hand placement improved in his senior season, but he has soft hands with a limp punch. Doesn’t play with a mean streak. Can get complacent and will fight for initial position, but doesn’t finish blocks and allows his man to disengage too often. Prone to making his initial block and then ball-watching instead of finding a second target. Has a lengthy injury history (but shows the toughness to play through them) and will need to check out medically.


BOTTOM LINE 2012 Rimington and 2011 Outland Trophy winner has played every spot on the line while helping the Tide win three BCS championships in the last four years. Has spent most of his time on the interior, which is where he projects best in the NFL. While not the strongest or most athletic lineman, Jones’ versatility, intelligence and high character should get him penciled in at guard or center for the next decade in the NFL.

Russ Lande wrote:
STRENGTHS - Smart and highly competitive, Jones consistently blocks to the limits of his ability. Very versatile, Jones has started at OT, OG and C during his career at Alabama. Quick out of stance and set to pass block, he is consistently able to get hands on defensive linemen first. Flashes VG hand-use and placement to jolt DT with hard punch and can keep man on LOS well when he delivers good punch. Instinctive and aware, Jones works well with the other linemen to switch off versus DL stunts/loops. Quick off the ball to make contact on side/angle run blocks, he stays over his feet, keeps feet moving and can pin man to side. He has the quick feet to get through the LOS and to pull and get outside, but is not effective adjusting to block a moving target.

WEAKNESSES - Jones is a straight line athlete who has quick feet, but cannot come off track to adjust and block effectively in space. His lack of flexibility hinders his ability to bend knees and sink hips to block with leverage, which hinders his playing strength. His inability to pass block with leverage allows explosive off the ball power rushers to jolt and drive him backwards when he does not get his hands on pass rusher first. In addition, this upright pass blocking technique hinders his ability to slide well side to side to adjust to quick COD pass rush moves. On in-line run blocks he has a bad habit of leaning and reaching to make and maintain contact, which leads to him falling off blocks too often. He is not an aggressive, fire-off the ball run blocker which limits his ability to get any movement on straight ahead/short-yardage run blocks. Overall, Jones is limited athletically, which will hinder his ability to block the elite athletes of the NFL.

SUMMARY - Despite a highly decorated college career, I do not believe that Jones has the athleticism and natural strength to be as productive in the NFL as he was in college. I love watching Jones play because he plays with the passion, intensity and competitiveness that few linemen do, which usually enables him to find a way to keep his man from making/impacting the play. At most positions limited athletes are not able to survive and become solid starters in the NFL, but history has shown that many interior offensive linemen are able to develop if they have the necessary size and intangibles. Overall, I have a feeling that Jones is going to be over-drafted because he is so smart that he is going to "wow" offensive line coaches in interviews which will lead to them thinking they can coach him into a better player than he is because he will out work nearly everyone. I would consider Jones in the 3rd or 4th round as he should be a solid starting center in time, but any higher is a big risk due to his athletic and strength limitations.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Starting LG until Wells gets hurt again then he moves into C and is there from then on out.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NVRamsFan wrote:
Starting LG until Wells gets hurt again then he moves into C and is there from then on out.

Sounds about right.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love this pick for you guys. Love the way he shut his QB in that title game as well Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's what I had on him, watched about 6 Alabama games of his.


Height: 6'4" Weight: 306 pounds
Stats: -

Vitals: 34.13" Arms | 10.25" Hands

Strengths: Has good size with the girth to hold up in the pros. Plays with a wide base. Is one of the most versatile offensive linemen in the draft with the ability to play every position on the offensive line. Quick learner who is able to adapt to new positions regularly. Mechanically sound on the interior with smart feet and good positioning. Possesses long arms which gives him a leverage advantage. As a pass blocker, has shown the ability to anchor and also the foot quickness to mirror speed rushers. Consistently gets under the pads of defenders who play too high and is able to stonewall them near the line. Has shown the ability to recognize defensive packages and pickup blitzes early. Is a solid run blocker with the ability to get better. Takes good angles on defenders and is able to get to the second level as well. Keeps his feet moving and attempts to finish blocks.

Weaknesses: His frame is maxed out and his physical ability is definitely below average. Although he has NFL size, his functional strength is questionable and his athleticism is also. Not very explosive and doesn't have the quickness to get to spots in a timely fashion. Does not get out of his stance very quickly which can lead to defenders shooting the gaps effectively. Will definitely struggle with athletic defensive tackles in the pros. Seems to struggle with the bull rush in pass protection. Is able to anchor, but lets defenders get too deep. Needs to be more aggressive with his hands. Has a below average punch and plays soft at times. As a run blocker, he gets beaten to the gaps, which allows defenders to make plays. Needs to fire his hands out more consistently to get an advantage on defenders.

Overall: After a very successful and well decorated career at Alabama, Barrett Jones will look to duplicate his success at the next level. I am not one who believes he will be quite as successful as he was in college. Although he understands the game and is versatile, he is severely limited by his physical attributes. He is not the fastest, the quickest, or the strongest, and that hurts him a bit. When moving into the pros, he is going to be facing guys with much more physical ability. Still, Jones and his versatility are going to be valuable to a bundle of teams. I fully expect him to be drafted based on his leadership, versatility, and IQ, but I expect him to only be an average player moving forward. Not to mention, he has had a plethora of injuries.

Draft Grade: Early 5th, BB (139)

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barret Jones interview on 101ESPN:
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


I just found out he's a Ram!

In my opinion he was the most intelligent offensive linemen in this whole draft. Just a very smart guy that always knows his assignment, plus he's a great athlete to boot. Very happy to have him in blue and gold.
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