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Prospect Profiles: Ben Jones

BEN JONES, C, GEORGIA

TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-3, 303, 5.67

SCOUTING REPORTS:

NFP:

Displays decent flexibility in his stance, but does snap and step quickly. Does a nice job getting into defenders over his face in the run game and consistently is able to use his athleticism to seal from the play and works hard to stick through contact. Improved as a power player this year, keeping his base down, extending his arms and running his legs through contact in order to get a push. Gets overextended into blocks at times though and will lunge causing him to lose his balance as he tries to create an initial surge off the ball. Exhibits above average range when asked to pull. Looks comfortable reaching targets off his frame in space, breaks down well, has a feel for the run game. Consistently locates, will finish on his man and is a “plus” run blocker on the move.

Sets quickly in the pass game and does a much better job playing with an anchor vs. the bull rush. Will get caught lunging at the point in to order to create more of a jolt, but quickly re-sets his feet and drops his base in order to hold the point. Needs to do a better job extending his arms into contact and delivering a more effective punch. Is too much of a catcher who waits to work his hands and gain leverage once engaged. Would like to see him be more of the aggressor with his hands. Nevertheless, he slides his feet well and can mirror through contact and for the most part in space.

Impression: Improved his ability to snap and step this year and quickly get into contact as a run guy, which allowed him to play with more power on contact. Is a coordinated athlete on the move, can mirror through contact and looks like an NFL starter with a little time. But isn’t an “elite” center prospect by any stretch.

NE Patriots Draft:

Strengths: Makes great line calls before the play – Bends well at the knees, gets good leverage, did a nice job during Senior Bowl one on one drills standing up defenders – Good cut blocker – Not an exceptional athlete, but moves well on pull blocks – Keeps his pad level low in tight spaces – Drops back well pass blocking and always picks up the blitz up the middle – Captain his senior season and a four year starter at Georgia, natural leader.

Weaknesses: Doesn’t get overpowered, but also doesn’t overpower defenders – Loses technique when he gets to the second level – His pad level can get a bit high when he’s out in space – Doesn’t always hit his defender straight on while pulling and can miss at times

FF Toolbox:

Jones has teamed up with left guard Cordy Glenn to anchor what has been a solid Georgia offensive line this season. The Bulldogs are second in the SEC in passing, fourth in rushing, and third in total offense in the conference. They have won 10 games in a row and reached the SEC Championship against LSU. The offense could have been even better, but star freshman Isaiah Crowell missed significant playing time. Still, it did not matter who was in the backfield because Jones and the O-line were rock-solid from start to finish during the regular season.

Jones is one of the most experienced players in college football. He started 10 games at center as a freshman, started 12 of 13 games as a sophomore, and has started every game ever since. The Centreville, AL native has good size at 6’3” and 316 pounds. He generally runs in the 5.2s in the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 5.14 from that distance. Glenn is not flashy, but he has sound fundamentals and will be a solid addition to the middle of any offensive line at the next level.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Ben Jones is an experienced center prospect. Good size. Smart, and can make all the calls.Good athlete. Moves well enough. Not overly powerful and loses athleticism as he moves further from the line. Jones is not sexy. He’s just a nice center prospect. Knows what he’s doing. Can step in right away. If the Giants decide that they want to fix their guard problem by putting David Baas at right guard, then drafting Jones in the third or 4th round would be smart. Jones can play from day 1 and probably play for awhile. A solid prospect. Center only, which limits versatility. But Baas can play guard and then the interior line is improved greatly.

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RB:

David Wilson

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Chris Polk

Robert Turbin

Vick Ballard

Doug Martin

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Tommy Streeter

AJ Jenkins

Ryan Broyles

Brian Quick

TE:

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Orson Charles

Michael Egnew

OT:

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Mike Adams

Zerbie Sanders

Bobby Massie

Andrew Datko

OG:

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Brandon Washington

Kelechi Osemele

Brandon Brooks

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C:

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DE:

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Chandler Jones

Whitney Mercilus

Andre Branch

Jake Bequette

Jonathan Massaquoi

DT:

DaJohn Harris

Mike Martin

Billy Winn

Jerel Worthy

Marcus Forston

LB:

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Zach Brown

Lavonte David

James-Michael Johnson

Sean Spence

Keenan Robinson

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CB:

Casey Hayward

Brandon Boykin

Chase Minnifield

Josh Robinson

Josh Norman

Janoris Jenkins

S:

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Harrison Smith

Mark Barron

Antonio Allen

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5 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Ben Jones”

  1. royhobbs7 says:

    Excellent post. This is what the team needs. Baas is not a run-blocking center. Baas needs to learn to get his pad-level lower (and does not fire out with strength nor speed). Ben Jones just may be the man late in the 3rd or 4th round. The Giants needs a center!!!

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