PLAYER PROFILE: Josh Jones, OT, Houston

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JOSH JONES

HEIGHT/WEIGHT/AGE

6-foot-5
320 pounds
22 years old

BIG PICTURE

Josh Jones is a talented left tackle with a sterling record in pass protection. But will his success at Houston translate to the NFL? Jones, an AAC second-teamer, redshirted as a freshman before playing the bulk of the next four years at left tackle with a handful of injuries along the way. Reports point to his improvement as a senior, which may earn him first-round draft status.

COMBINE NOTABLES

5.27 40-yard dash
24 bench reps
28.5-inch vertical
109-inch broad jump

VIKINGS COMPATIBILITY RANKING

4 out of 5. Depending on how urgently the Vikings like they need to find their next left tackle, Jones could be in the mix in Round 1.

HIGHLIGHTS
WHAT DRAFT EXPERTS SAY

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com: “Early tape would suggest that Jones is a raw, developmental project in need of substantial technique work, but tape study later in the season suggests a level of improvement that creates additional intrigue for the long, athletic left tackle prospect. To be clear, he needs plenty of work with his pass sets and footwork, but most of his issues appear to be coachable. He’s a good fit for a move-oriented rushing attack and has the traits and talent to become a future starter if he continues to develop with coaching.”

Kyle Crabbs, Draft Network: “Josh Jones is a high ceiling, low floor offensive tackle prospect who is an OL coach’s dream. With his natural skills, Jones showcases dominant physical flashes on the field and possesses the athletic ability to be a dominant pass blocker and weapon in the run game. But Jones’ skills need significant polish from the ground up — he’s still raw with his pass sets and footwork and can be too reactive in live action to over-set or over-pursue. Ideally he can be weaned into a starting role in the NFL.”

WHAT PFF SAYS

Only 18 pressures allowed the last three seasons
88.0 or better pass-blocking grade last two seasons
92.7 run-blocking grade in 2019

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