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Old 10-29-2012, 11:21 AM   #54
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Alright, I'm gonna get murdered here, but SNR gave a half-hearted endorsement of Jones w/ a later pick so I figured I'd give him a second look.

I had him compared to Kyle Boller in my previous QB comparison sheet but I think I undersold him a little.

Jones isn't a 1st round QB and he's not a 2nd round QB. He may be, however, worth a 3rd round flyer if you have already drafted Smith, Wilson or Bray in the first. He could be our version of Kirk Cousins backing up RGIII.

Even in that clip above, watch some of the things he's doing there. He does a great job with his drop back (keeps his feet under him and shuffles them fast to the point). He keeps his hands high in his drop back as well, which should help him a great deal to keep his release speed up.

As I watched him in the ND game, I saw a ton of stuff that the kid actually does right. He stays up on his toes and is constantly 'popping' his feet, which should allow him to scan the field very quickly. His release is good, but not great. He loops the ball back just a little more than I'd like to see, but it's certainly adequate and I think it can be sped up a bit.

His arm strength is obviously top notch and his mechanics should lend themselves to being accurate. They're fairly conventional, so they should be easily repeatable. His accuracy doesn't look like it will be elite, but he can get it to average, IMO. He drives the nose of the ball down, telling us that he gets very good velocity out of his hand as well. He should be able to throw a tremendous deep ball.

He also has as good a QB build as anyone in the draft. He should be able to take a big hit and keep on trucking.

The same people that loved them some Foles or Cousins seem to hate this guy and I think that's just nuts. Jones is every bit the QB prospect as either of those guys. I also think he's a better prospect than everyone's favorite in Russell Wilson, but I see enough separation in styles, etc... to understand why people prefer Wilson over Jones.

The biggest problem for Jones is going to be that he's a victim of hype. If people would have just called Jones a 3rd round prospect all along, I think we'd be more inclined to look at his strengths than his weaknesses and we could get behind him as a backup option and possible developmental arm to be traded in a year or two if he is able to come along well.

If a team takes Jones and slowly brings him along, I think they can get more of a Flacco level QB, or perhaps the Josh Freeman we're seeing this season.

He can't be our savior at the position, but I would absolutely be behind the Chiefs taking him with their 3rd.
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