Green Bay Packers NFL Draft prospect profile: OL Barrett Jones
Hometown: Germantown, TN
Missed due to lisfranc injury
News and Notes:
Missed NFL Combine due to foot injury, and his draft stock has been impacted. Won the Rimington Award last season as the nation’s top center. Played all over the offensive line at Alabama under Nick Saban. Won All-SEC Honors at right guard in 2010, and in 2011 moved to blind-side tackle position and was named the SEC’s top offensive lineman and was a consensus All-American.
First Crimson Tide member to win the William V. Campbell Trophy as the nation’s best “scholar-athlete.”
What they’re saying about him:
NFL.com: “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. 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.
“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. Has a lengthy injury history (but shows the toughness to play through them) and will need to check out medically.”
CBSSports.com: “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. 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. Doesn’t blow defenders off the ball with pure strength. Not a flashy athlete and may struggle to excel at the NFL level.”