One of the top individual units in all of football is the Alabama offensive line lead by Outland Trophy winner Barrett Jones. Jones is one of the reasons to Trent Richardson’s success and the fact the Alabama has been one of the nation’s top teams in Jones’ three years as a starter.
As a freshman, Jones started all 14 games at RG for the national champions, and then started there 11 times in 2010. Last season, Jones moved to LT and started every game on his way to multiple first team All-American awards and All-SEC awards. Will make his move this season inside to center and is the unquestioned leader of the Crimson Tide’s offense.
Grade: 1st Round
- Ideal size for an interior lineman
- Nice strength
- Shows great ability getting to the second level after his initial first level block
- Extremely versatile and can play at any spot on the offensive line
- Almost flawless technique. Hand location and stance are textbook. Stays square with the defender
- Highly intelligent; Sees where the pressure is coming from, and adjust accordingly
- Has no problem with power rushers. Anchors well and doesn’t give up ground
- Great lateral agility
- High motor and plays with a mean streak
- High character guy
- Would like to see more explosion off the ball
- If he were to play LT at the next level, he needs to get bigger and stronger in the lower half
- Solid athlete, but not elite. Speed rusher can give him trouble
- Short arms
- Some durability issues
Jones is a prospect that will be on everyone’s draft board due to his versatility. Is a late 1st prospect as a OT and a top 15-20 prospect as an interior offensive lineman. His intelligence is second to none and is like an extra coach in the trenches. Jones sees pressure and knows how to make adjustments. Really looking forward to see him make o-line calls as a center this season for the Crimson Tide.
He’s a solid athlete, but with his short arms and trouble he can have with speed rushers, I worry about a team making him a OT. He will most likely end up as a solid pass protector and a great run blocker. I think his best fits is at a Guard in a Zone blocking scheme where he can get to the second level and and use his ability and technique to creating lanes.
Jones is not quite the prospect that David DeCastro is, but none the least he is a legit day prospect who’s versatility, technique, and toughness will appeal to all teams.
Jeremy Cabler covers the NFL Draft and College Football for Rant Sports. Check out his Scouting Reports