- AProjectionRound 1
- YearRS Junior
- Hand9 ¾
- Arm32 ½
Strong Points: Size, arm strength, patience in the pocket. Very smart, aware and instinctive. Has a quick, tight delivery. Can feel pressure and step up in the pocket. Well schooled in the art of playing quarterback. Accurate with the deep ball. Can get hot and be right on with throws. Strong intangibles. Plays in a pro-style, spread offense. His Pro Day was outstanding, showing better speed and athleticism than expected, and he threw the ball very well. Comes across as being very mature and intelligent.
Weak Points: He tested better than expected but doesn't play with the quickness and speed he showed in pre-draft workouts on film. Bouts of inaccuracy. Takes too many sacks. Attempts one or two questionable throws a game. Hasn't played from under center. Only a 60 percent career passer.
The Way We See It: Jones is one of the more interesting QB prospects in this class. He has great size, a quick delivery and good decision-making skills. He is not the most athletic guy but does a good job feeling pass rushers and stepping up in the pocket. He still takes too many sacks. Jones is smart and instinctive. He's a good leader and a hard worker. What he lacks in physical traits, he more than makes up for with intangibles. He will start early in his career and be a winning NFL quarterback. I think he is a better prospect than Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen (No. 10 overall pick in 2018 draft) because of the intangibles but might not go as high. His production would be much better with a strong supporting cast. A first-round talent, but he might not go until the Round 2. Jones will make the team that drafts him very happy.
Arthur Arkush: From a mechanical and mental aptitude standpoint, Jones is a desirable QB prospect. He's clearly well coached and understands where to go with the football -- though getting it there consistently, especially the farther downfield he's targeting, is a different story. Jones' quick mental processor slows down when the bullets are flying, and his great timed speed doesn't always translate to the tape. His arm strength is only average, but his toughness and intangibles are far more covetable by teams and tougher to improve than pure throwing velocity. Jones had a lot of balls batted down in college and took too many unnecessary risks -- as a thrower and runner -- but his courageousness can be a plus if it's properly harnessed.
Best Fit: Giants, Dolphins, Washington, Patriots
NFL Comp: Andy Dalton