Barrett Jones Scouting Report

February 6th, 2013

Barrett Jones can play center, guard or right tackle (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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Prospect: Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 302 lbs
Grade: 7.6 (Grading Scale)

 

Athleticism:
+Rangy as a downfield blocker, efficient open field speed
+/-Plays with such a wide base that it actually limits effectiveness of his first step and lateral quickness
+Technical mover who stays under control and doesn’t overextend
-Foot frequency is relatively low, limits ability as drive blocker

Intelligence/Effort:
+Handles offensive line calls, frequently pointing out linebackers and potential blitzers
+High football IQ, very scheme aware and reliable
-Lacks killer instinct or mean streak as a run blocker
+Tons of experience across the offensive line, including extended time at right guard, left tackle, and center
+Incredibly smart, finished Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in accouting in 4.5 semesters with a 4.0 GPA
+Significant toughness, played through most of SEC Championship game and National Championship with torn ligaments in his foot
-At times Jones took too long to make the line calls and forced rushed snaps

Pass Blocking:
+/-Most effective when absorbing initial contact with arms extended, struggles to anchor if reliant on his lower body strength
-Anchor ability failed against biggest nose tackles as a senior, can be outmatched physically by heavy rushers
+Patient pass blocker, won’t lunge into blocks, keeps balanced base consistently

Run Blocking:
+Takes precise angles downfield to set up blocks on linebackers
-Struggles to drive legs and move defenders off the ball
-Ability to cross the face of defensive lineman on outside runs inconsistent, related to inconsistencies in lateral movement ability
+Highly experienced puller, keeps head on swivel with vision to locate oncoming defenders
+Effective combo blocker, locates targets at the second level quickly

Technique:
+Sustains blocks well in running and passing game by keeping shoulders square to target and mirroring effectively
+Consistently places hands properly with technique that doesn’t vary from snap to snap
-Doesn’t bend knees and sink hips as well as desired, limits ability to lower pad level and anchor

Overall:
If you’re looking for a prospect in this draft with a higher football IQ than Barrett Jones, you will never find him. While Jones isn’t a physical specimen by any means, he sets himself up to win by outsmarting opponents. He always knows how to maximize what he does well and limits the strengths of his opponents. Jones does his best work when uncovered. He’s then able to utilize his range in the open field and frustrate linebackers all day long. If he has to face a powerful nose tackle, he can still get the job done by himself without help. Having a center who is as smart as Jones pre-snap is a big plus for an offense that has to face the wide variety of defensive looks that NFL defenses throw out there every week. His versatility is also an unmatched characteristic among offensive line prospects. Jones is the steady, play-in-and-play-out guy that every team wants leading their offensive line.–Darren Page

Scouting Notes:
Alabama vs. Tennessee
• Pulls on shotgun sweep, has two options, head on a swivel and picks up inside threat
• Making pre-snap calls and identifying linebackers
• Getting help from Anthony Steen in pass protection vs. Daniel McCullers
• Unable to get his head across the front of McCullers on outside zone
• Struggles to anchor against bullrush of McCullers in 1 v. 1, holding up much better against others
• Struggling with length of McCullers in the running game, unable to sustain blocks long
• More and more effective as game goes on, stamina holding out better than McCullers’

Alabama vs. LSU
• Successful combo block with Steen early on, gets to second level and walls of Kevin Minter
• More successful combo blocks on inside runs, getting down to linebackers effectively
• Anticipates a Barkevious Mingo spin move on a pass rush stunt and stays patient, handles move well
• Flashes great range upfield on screen pass to Eddie Lacy, who stays patient and follows Jones 10 yards upfield all the way to the sideline
• Stops his feet on contact at the second level and gets run over by Minter

Alabama vs. Georgia
• Stones John Jenkins with good arm extension in first bout in pass protection
• Anchors against a stunting Jarvis Jones with ease
• Getting pushed back by Kwame Geathers on initial contact, pad level high
• Taking great angles to second level to cut off Alec Ogletree, rerouting the fast linebacker
• Ogletree starts to essentially quit on plays when Jones reaches him at the second level
• Struggles with the size and strength of Geathers, trying to wall him off play in and play out

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