Chad Jones, SS, LSU

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Chad Jones, SS, LSU

Postby Pudge » Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:18 pm

LSU Junior
40: 4.59

PROS: Has good speed and range and is comfortable working up in the box. Is a good wrap tackler that has good pop as a hitter. Can make the stop at the point of attack and is quick to come up and defend run. Shows ability to filter through traffic when up in the box, and has a good nose for the ball. Can contribute on punt returns.
CONS: Lacks awareness in centerfield, relying on speed rather than good instincts to make plays in the passing game.
OVERVIEW: Jones has great size and speed, and the ability to be an impact player in coverage. But he is a run-first safety that just isn't instinctive in coverage. Started at free safety this past year, his only full season there. He had 74 tackles 3 picks, and 6 pass breakups. As a sophomore, he worked at nickel back and had 50 tackles, 1 INT, and 6 breakups. In his career, he returned 31 punts for an average of 10.8 yards and 1 score.
NFL FORECAST: You can draw comparisons between Jones and Taylor Mays, except that Jones is much more consistent in run support. With coaching, he can be capable in coverage, although he'll never be what anybody would term a ballhawk. His best pro position is moving to strong safety where he won't be asked to make calls. I don't think he can be great there, but he'll definitely be better and in a few years should be good enough where he isn't a liability in coverage. But his value will be as an enforcer and hitter vs. the run.
ATL FORECAST: Jones is a similar player to Moore. Both players excel vs. the run, but are limited in coverage, although I think Moore is a bit more instinctive in coverage. So there really isn't a lot of room for Jones in Atlanta because he's not going to be a better free safety than DeCoud because of his lack of ideal instincts.
VALUE: For a team looking for a hard-hitting run-defending strong safety, they can nab him at the end of the second round.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

SPEED: 4.0
RANGE: 3.5
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