#74 Josh Jones
WT: 319 lbs
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: George Bush (Richmond, TX)
Accolades: Senior Bowl. NFL Combine. 2019 2nd Team All-AAC.
Scouting Report: OT Josh Jones, Houston
Athleticism: Josh Jones is fairly athletic and has the ability to move when asked to. Jones was asked to pull a lot in the Houston run-first scheme and oftentimes moved around to get involved in the play. The only downside is that he isn’t consistently quick enough. His combine stats were average, but one thing that they can’t measure is motor, and Jones stays consistently athletic throughout the course of a game. 11/15.
Power/Strength: Power and strength is something that goes well in Jones’ game. He’s not going to be the strongest player in this draft and the tape confirms that. He did well at times to stop other naturally strong defenders with natural talent, and I think that once he refines some of his technique, he will be able to fully utilize his strength. 19/25.
Pass Protection: Josh Jones has work to do in this area of his game, but that’s not to say that he is not a capable pass blocker. The Houston scheme didn’t run many true pass drop sets, and as a result, it’s hard to gauge just how good he is at this aspect of his game. He got a lot of help from running backs and tight ends in those reps. He shows good recovery when he loses on an island and can move well enough to stay in the play. 17/25.
Run Blocking: Jones is at his best when moving downhill, and does very well to win with power as well as technique. This isn’t to say that it’s perfect, because it’s not, but he has a lot of tools to work with. Hand placement when locking down blocks can use some improvement. I do like how you’ll consistently see Jones working to the next level and impacting the play on multiple levels. 17/20.
Football IQ/Awareness: Jones has excellent awareness. Recognizes things quickly and reacts accordingly during the play. Football IQ appears to be good, as his tape shows good signs and his interviews have all been good, as far as I have heard. 7/10.
Leadership/Personality: Josh Jones has a clean off-the-field slate, which plays to his advantage. As far as reports indicate, he’s a solid interview. With all of the drama surrounding the Houston program this season with the way it handled a certain offensive lineman, Jones stayed clear of it and didn’t take to social media. He won’t be a problem in any locker room. 5/5.
I like Josh Jones a lot. I think he has a very good chance to be a great impact player at the next level, potentially a All-Pro. He’s a good run blocker and can fit in a variety of schemes as a left tackle. He definitely has a lot of work to do and the majority of his work is in his upside, but Jones is a good offensive tackle who can learn quickly.
Injury Rating: (+2)
Ceiling Rating: (4)
Overall Grade: 82