Houston LT Josh Jones @JoshJones_23 @UHCougarFB a rising first-round prospect from George Bush HS, has video conferences with Patriots, Texans, 49ers, Colts, Eagles, Rams, Chargers, Cardinals, Bucs, Bears, Ravens, Vikings, Jets, Packers #NFLDraft2020 @seniorbowl @JimNagy_SB— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 1, 2020
Jones is a 6’5, 320-pound blindside protector who started all four years at the left tackle spot while in college. After utilizing a redshirt in 2015, Jones started all 13 games in his first year of action. As a sophomore, he started 10 games, losing two to injury. Jones came back even better, starting all 13 games as a junior but somehow failed to make an all-conference team. The voters came around to Jones eventually and named him a Second-Team All-AAC selection even though he only started the first nine games of the 2019 season before succumbing to another injury.
Don’t agree with popular take that this is an elite OT class. Lots of good prospects but none are lock top-10 talents or future Pro Bowlers. Not a Joe Thomas or Tyron Smith in this group. Off tape, @UHCougarFB Josh Jones belongs in mix with 4 juniors everyone is talking about. pic.twitter.com/6m0S0obv3P— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) March 27, 2020
Jones is the proto-typical left tackle with plenty of length and agile footwork to make any quarterback feel confident in the pocket. He’s not the elite athlete that guys like Tristan Wirfs or Ezra Cleveland are, but he’ll manage just fine with his lateral agility and natural footwork in pass protection. One of my favorite traits of Jones is his un-coachable mentality of wanting to finish his blocks each and every snap. His favorite move is snatching the opponent on the chest and jerking them down to the ground before dropping all of his mass on top of them. It’s demoralizing and a ton of fun to watch.
He’ll likely be off the board before the Rams pick at #52 but he’d be worth the trade up should he fall for one reason or another.