Scouting Report: Reshad Jones

Written by Rob Engle on March 13, 2010




Reshad Jones


Position: S School: Georgia
Height: 6’1 1/4" Weight: 214 lbs
Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.56

Overall Grade:

5.82

Draft Projection:

3rd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5.5
Speed 8 7
Quickness/Agility 10 6.5
Strength/Explosion 10 8
Athletic Ability 8 6.5
Durability 8 7
Character 6 4
Production/Experience 6 4.5
Toughness 8 6
Potential 10 8.5


Defensive Back Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Ball Skills 10 7
Man Coverage 10 3.5
Zone Coverage 10 6.5
Tackling 6 5
Run Stopping 6 5
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 3.5
Physicality 6 5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Jones is a real physical specimen at safety. He is a big hitter and a presence in the defensive backfield. Has decent ball skills and production. Has everything you look for in a Safety prospect from an athlete standpoint. He is a great run stopper and will instantly improve the backline run defense. He makes a lot of tackles all over the field.


Weaknesses

Jones’ coverage is a bit spotty at times. He has the ability to be great, but his instincts and range aren’t always there. He tends to overrun plays and take bad angles, which isn’t a good sign for a safety because it leads to big plays. A big risk taker and a bit of a freelancer. He goes for the big hit too often, which means he can forget his technique and use his shoulders to tackle. He’ll be a 24-year-old rookie even after declaring early. Change of direction skills are lacking. Dropped a lot of easy interceptions in college.


Analysis

Physically, Jones is as gifted as they come. He has a lot of potential and if he learns how to control his urges to make a big play, he will make a team ecstatic. Unfortunately, it’s probably a risk no team will be willing to take until the 3rd round because he’s a boom-bust type prospect.

Experience

Jones is a two year starter at safety for Georgia and saw action in all 13 games (2 starts) as a redshirt freshman.


Awards and Honors

2009: All-SEC Second Team by Phil Steele.
2008: Second Team All-SEC by Associated Press and Phil Steele’s All-SEC Second Team.
2007: n/a

Academics

Housing major at Georgia.

Injuries

No major injury concerns.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 61 34 27 0 1 4 0
2008 76 45 31 0 0 5 0
2007 57 40 17 0 0 2 0






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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.