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Josh Jones NC State Safety

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Dex    12,187

Any NC State fans that can tell me about this guy? I haven't heard much about him but he looks like a fuging baller. Ran a 4.4 and put up 20 reps of 225lb too.

 

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2017/profiles/josh-jones?id=2558119

 

Overview

Jones was not a household name outside of the Research Triangle during his time at North Carolina State, and was snubbed for all-conference honors by ACC coaches. League media recognized that he was an impact defender for the Wolfpack, however, giving him honorable mention notice in 2016 after he led the team with 109 tackles (four for loss) and three interceptions, also breaking up eight passes. Jones had started eight games as a true freshman, finishing second in the ACC with four interceptions (he also had seven pass break-ups for the year). In 2015, he was a solid starter but lacked many big plays (63 tackles, 2.5 for loss, one INT, two PBU).

Analysis

Strengths

Possesses prototypical combination of size and speed. Has acceleration and top-end speed to range all over the field. Plus athletic ability and reactive quickness. Has ability to disguise his coverage before sprinting back to centerfield. Has experience with both safety spots. Fluid in his movement and is an explosive leaper when challenging at the high-point. Has the ball skills to rake it or take it. Plays with eager eyes that stay glued to quarterback's intentions. Has the closing burst to challenge throws. Extremely aggressive. Bouncy feet can't wait to fire downhill and hit something. Accelerates through the collision. Does a good job of punching and playing off of blockers.

Weaknesses

His aggression is a double-edged sword. Will come in too hot looking to lay the lumber and end up missing his mark as a tackler. Needs to do better job of coming to balance as a tackler. From zone coverage, can be a little slow to anticipate routes and squeeze the throwing windows. Gets hyper-focused on quarterback and will lose track of his assignments. Will bite on play-action bait and get drawn out of position.

Sources Tell Us

"This guy would just as soon hit you as look at you on the football field. Hey, it's fun to watch his tape because he's already got that NFL mentality to him, but he gets way out of control too. I saw that early on in the tape. You've got to rein him in a little bit." - AFC defensive backs coach

NFL Comparison

Mike Mitchell

Bottom Line

Jones is a height-weight-speed prospect to be sure, but he's not just a traits-based safety. Jones has the appetite for hitting that teams will want around the box and he has the speed and ball skills to range and help against vertical threats from a deep safety spot. The big area of concern will be Jones' ability to play with better discipline in coverage and as a tackler. He has the ability to become a good, long-time starter in the league. -Lance Zierlein

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Catufb85    610

Be one of the top safeties I'd look for us to draft if we don't take a safety in first 2 rounds. 

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Dex    12,187
Just now, chknwing said:

I hear he attended NC Sate and plays Safety

I will punch you in the throat.

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Dex    12,187
10 minutes ago, Catufb85 said:

Be one of the top safeties I'd look for us to draft if we don't take a safety in first 2 rounds. 

I was thinking end of the second to be honest.

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Icege    1,620
12 minutes ago, chknwing said:

I hear he attended NC Sate and plays Safety

 

11 minutes ago, Dex said:

I will punch you in the throat.

This is why I huddle <3

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Dex    12,187
1 minute ago, YoungPanthers89 said:

Big, fast, mean.

daddy like.

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caatfan    2,262
32 minutes ago, Catufb85 said:

Be one of the top safeties I'd look for us to draft if we don't take a safety in first 2 rounds. 

He could easily go in the 2nd. He'll be a solid starter for somebody at SS.

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Cyberjag    2,099
43 minutes ago, chknwing said:

I hear he attended NC Sate and plays Safety

Do you have a link?

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Peppers90 NC    3,041
42 minutes ago, csx said:

We will just make him a linebacker.

Want to go ahead and tell us we will draft a DT in the first while you're at it?

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