STRENGTHS - Quicker than most 310+ pound defensive linemen, Jones is consistently one of the first moving at the snap. Not only quick off the ball, but using hands/technique he is able to get inside run block or "reach block" and has the speed to come down the LOS to make the tackle in pursuit. Possessing good size and natural strength he flashes the ability to anchor and hold ground versus run blocks. Using his strength and initial quickness, Jones does a good job of driving through the OT's inside shoulder to get into the backfield to pressure the QB. With his quickness and speed, he shows a surprisingly ability for such a big man to threaten the corner as a speed rusher. Having lined up as a DE and DT, Jones has good versatility for the NFL.
WEAKNESSES - Somewhat of a "tweener," Jones has the size and strength of a DT, but is more experienced and productive lining up outside as a DE. However, despite his shockingly good initial quickness for such a big man, I do not believe he possesses the explosiveness and speed to be effective as an edge rusher in the NFL. While he has good size for a DT, he will need to be more consistent playing with leverage and using hands aggressively versus blockers to be consistently effective holding ground and making plays on inside runs.
SUMMARY - Jones was a quietly productive defensive lineman at Georgia who was often over-shadowed by Jarvis Jones, John Jenkins and Cornelious Washington, but he has the physical skill set that NFL teams like. It is always difficult to find 300+ pound defensive linemen with good initial quickness to threaten backfield penetration and the speed to chase plays down in pursuit. However, he does not consistently play with leverage to take on and defeat OL run blocks and to get a push as a bull rusher. Overall, Jones is not a player I would draft early, but in the fifth or sixth round I think he would be a good gamble as he has the talent to be a starting defensive end in a 34 scheme if he improves in the areas mentioned above.