VT makes some good points.
Shockey as a case has regressed each year he's been in the league. Part of it has to do with injuries, but the other main issue is attitude. He hasn't done anything to improve himself, and thus being a freak show as a rookie, now he's just an above average pass catcher. He sitll has the potential to be dominant, but he needs to look within himself and find that ability to take it to the next level.
I haven't read or seen anything that would state Jones fits in this category, or that he's a very hard worker. First off, discovering that a lot of this buzz is coming from Mort also doesn't sit well in my stomach. This guy is no talent evaluator. He's a reporter and he doesn't sit there and analyze film. Maybe if this was coming from a guy like Jaworski, Merril Hoge, Tom Jackson, or even Michael Irvin, I'd take it for a bit more, but since it didn't, Mortensen is about the last ESPN guy I'd listen to when it came to how good a prospect is.
And I don't want to sound like I'm being too negative towards Jones. But bottom line, it seems that a lot of people are getting caught up in the athleticism rather than the skill. From his talent evaluations I've read, he seems like a guy if he was scouted purely as a TE, he wouldn't be more than a 4th round pick, based on his skill. As a QB, he would go undrafted. As a WR, he might be a 5th round pick but only because of his size, and not his skill.
The guy is a superb athlete, and I've seen some places where they think he's among the Top 5 in this entire draft class. Which is a testament to itself, but at the same time, Jones does seemingly fit the bill as one of those workout warriors that falls in the same category as a guy like Mike Mamula, or any of the other players that have "duped" NFL scouts based more on their athleticism than actual ability.
My thoughts are why not spend a later pick on a "tweener" type. This player may lack Jones' athleticism, but most likely he'll have much more polish as a receiver than Jones will have coming in. Some names to think about:
Tab Perry (6-3/220, 4.46) UCLA
Tommy Manus (6-4/222, 4.55) Morgan State
Darrin Charles (6-6/218, 4.63) Wisconsin
Ellis DeBrow (6-3/235, 4.76) Delta State
All those guys are considered big WRs. Some are looked upon as guys that need a lot more polish at the WR position to make it on the next level despite excellent talent. Others are small school prospects that will need to adjust to the level of competition. Basically, all could make good H-back/WR niche players if they put on a little weight and learned how to block. At this point, I'd much rather the Falcons go for another position in Round 2 or 3, and then take one of those guys in Round 7 (although most consider Perry to be a 5th round prospect)
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