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Draft Spotlight: Barrett Jones makes a perfect fit for New England

Barrett Jones played his College career at the University of Alabama, where Barrett Jones won three National Championships with the Tide, and in all those title games, he started at different positions on the offensive line. Jones is 6’5 and 305 pounds, recognized for his ability to play any position on the offensive line at a high level. At Alabama, Jones was a model citizen, he was well known for his work off the field with charities, taking his off time to go overseas and serve people who needed help. Jones in 2011 was honored for “Allstate AFCA Good Work” which honors football student-athletes for their community service work. Jones is also known for being very intelligent, on and off the football field. He earned a degree in accounting in 2011, with a 4.0 GPA(Grade Point Average) and in December 2012 he graduated with his masters again earning a 4.0 GPA.  He is also very tough, during the first quarter of the 2012 SEC Championship Game against Georgia, he injured his foot, but played the rest of the game anyways. He played so well, his teammates did not know he was even injured and he played in the BSC Championship Game with the injury. He earned praise for handling Notre Dame’s nose tackle Louis Nix III mostly by himself, allowing his teammate the freedom to get up field to block. After the Championship Game, it became known, Barrett Jones played through a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, with at least two torn ligaments. He had to have surgery, so sadly we will not be able to see him at the combine.

Barrett Jones in College, played right guard (25 starts), center, (14 starts), left tackle (10 starts). At right guard in 2010, Jones earned first team, All SEC honors, but was asked to move to the important blind side spot on the line in 2011, while there, he was great. He won the Outland Trophy, which is given to the top linemen, and he won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the top offensive linemen in the SEC and easily voted as an All – American. In 2012, Nick Saban moved Jones once again, this time to Center, and he was able to be voted as an All – American once again and first team All SEC performer. Jones won the William V.Campbell award, given to the “absolute best scholar-athlete”, the first Alabama player to win that award.

Barrett Jones is a Bill Belichick type of player, he is tough, able to play anywhere, smart, great football instincts, no issues off the field, ready to learn any offense, can read defenses, and a hard worker. He fits the New England way to a tee, and could easily fit right into the Patriots offensive system, and would be a perfect match for Tom Brady. He would help out with any injuries that could take place on the offensive line, due to his ability to play any spot on the line. Jones in the draft, will most likely go to a good team, a passing team because of his smartness, and ability to move anywhere on the line, and he is solid pass blocker. Jones is also a great run blocker, obviously, coming from Alabama.

I think New England might trade their first round pick to get more picks in this year’s draft, since they only have 5 total draft picks. If they do use their first round pick, I think it should be used on Barrett Jones. If New England could land Jones, they could let Sebastian Vollmer walk, because Jones could easily fill any need on the offensive line for the Patriots. Vollmer will command a good chunk of money, and I would rather the Patriots use that money for Aqib TalibEd Reed and Dwight Freeney. The offensive line is deep in this year’s draft, so New England could land any good, ready to play day one offensive linemen in this year’s draft. To me, Jones is the best linemen in this draft, that is how high I’am on Jones. With his smartness, toughness, and ability to play anywhere as good as he does, he should be taken in the very first round. He will be a talent for many years in the NFL and a pro bowler.

Analysis on Jones from CBS Sports: Jones is typically characterized as a try-hard player who gets by with excellent fundamentals, and it is true that he uses his hands and feet very well to consistently defeat his opponent. Jones is smooth and efficient when easing back at the snap in pass protection or getting to the second level. He latches on and keeps his feet moving on contact, rarely allowing his opponent to make the play even if he’s relatively close to the ballcarrier.”

Analysis on Jones from NFL Draft Monsters: “With Jones and what you hear about him, he just screams a guy who has the intangibles a team will love. What will set him apart from other players in the 2013 NFL draft is that he’ll be a multiple position guy on the offensive line. That will allow a team who desires positional flexibility out of their line.  Seems from all indications to be a guy who is a player you won’t have to worry about once reaching the NFL.”

Analysis on Jones from Rants Sports: Jones is a prospect that will be on everyone’s draft board due to his  versatility. Is a late 1st prospect as a OT and a top 15-20 prospect  as an interior offensive lineman. His intelligence is second to none and is like  an extra coach in the trenches. Jones sees pressure and knows how to make  adjustments.”

Analysis on Jones from Walter Jones is a hard-working, team-first guy. Not only can his intelligence be seen in learning multiple positions, but he graduated with his degree in accounting in three years with a 4.0 grade-point average. Jones was getting his master’s degree during his “junior” season of college football. Off the field, Jones also works with a charity that has prompted him to make multiple trips to Haiti to work with an orphanage. Jones is rock steady in pass protection. He is quick and shuffles his feet with speed rushers while having the powerful base to stand up bull rushers. Jones really did well at left tackle in 2011, and considering the need for the position in the NFL, some teams could consider him to be their blind-side protector. “As a run blocker, Jones has the strength to push defensive linemen around at the point of attack. He is a good drive blocker to be a power-man blocker with the mobility to hit blocks on the second level. Jones could fit as a zone blocker or in a power-man blocking scheme as a pro.”

Analysis on Jones from Bleacher Report: Jones is more than just a football player. He is a spiritual and emotional leader. He is an example setter. He is the rock from which this team has built itself around.Jones has played every position on the offensive line in his tenure at Alabama. He has been named as an All-American three times—at three different positions—and is an Outland Trophy winner. Senior center Barrett Jones is a player who will be a valuable commodity in the NFL. Not only is he an excellent center/guard prospect, but he’s played all five positions on the line during his time with Alabama. His diversity is something NFL teams are desperate for, and the fact that he played in the BCS title game with a serious Lisfranc injury proves that he’s as tough as they come.”

Analysis on Jones from Patriots Gab:”I think he is smart, tough, ability to play any position on the line, great blocker, great off the field, a leader, likeable, and a great teammate. Jones is prepared to play day one in the NFL, and if there is any questions about Jones the Patriots would make sure to fix it before the 2013 season begins. They can fix any problems with Jones on the field before the first game because of his willingness to learn and make himself better, he is a very hard worker, and would lead the rest of the rookies by example. Barrett Jones to me is the best overall offensive linemen in this draft, on and off the field. I believe this because he is so well rounded and is Tebow like off the field and Tebow like work ethic on it. With Jones you know exactly what you are getting, a good pass blocker and a great run blocker, a guy who be in the NFL for many years and a pro bowler for many years. When Mankins retire, Jones could take over the leadership on the offensive line and become the heart and soul for the line. Jones will make an impact his first year, and for years to come. He is a can’t miss player and with that being said New England should target him in the draft. It is hard not to like this guy on and off the field, if drafted by New England, fans will love Jones from the start.”

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2 Responses to “Draft Spotlight: Barrett Jones makes a perfect fit for New England”

  1. Jay says:

    Vollmer? Are you dreaming? Vollmer makes nothing against the salary cap, and he’s reliable at the right tackle position. The guy you want to move here, is Logan Mankins! He is bumping up against the salary cap, and he’s not irreplaceable. By trading him for a pair of second round picks, you’re guaranteed to pick up his replacement, Barrett Jones. Furthermore, the Patriots can then have two more round 2 picks to bolster their receiving/defensive backfield. With the salary cap room you create by moving Mankins, you then sign WR UFA Dwayne Bowe, and welcome the Vince Lombardi trophy to Gillette Stadium!

  2. Morgan says:

    Do you think Vollmer would resign with New England for not much money? He is a free agent, I was basing it on the fact he might be asking for a lot. But yeah I love Vollmer, I just want to clear more space for the Ed Reed, type players out there. I like Dwayne Bowe too, you’d have to let Welker or Talib walk too though. But I like a WR in the draft. But do you think someone would trade 2 second round draft picks for him?

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