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Jaguars select...Matt Jones, WR Arkansas.
Matt Jones? ***
I consider THIS a reach.
Matt Jones, WR+TE+QB, Arkansas
Height: 6:06.2 Weight: 242
Overview: One of the most gifted athletes to ever come out of the college ranks, Jones is going to be a "pleasant problem" for an NFL team, as his stellar performance during Senior Bowl week has teams wondering what is his true pro position. Arkansas was faced with the same dilemma when Jones enrolled at the school. In addition to his outstanding size, strength and quickness, he has the ability to play equally well in any task he is given. While Jones thrilled Razorback football fans the last four years with his impressive play, he also played basketball for Arkansas. Continuing to impress at every turn, Jones also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic Honor Roll accolades during his time at Arkansas. Jones was an All-Arkansas and All-State quarterback at Northside (Fort Smith, Ark.) High School. He completed 62-of-137 passes for 830 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior and earned 939 yards and 13 touchdowns on 105 rushing attempts. He was ranked in the top five in the state in punt returns. Jones spent the first three years of his prep career at Van Buren (Ark.) High School. He split time as a junior between quarterback and wide receiver, earning 520 yards and five touchdowns on 22 catches. He was a finalist for McDonald's All-American honors in basketball. As a junior in basketball, he broke former UA All-American basketball player Corliss Williamson's conference record for season scoring average (24.5 points per game). Despite sitting out the first three games of his freshman campaign, he turned in one of the most prolific first-year campaigns in UA history in 2001. He split time with Zak Clark at quarterback, gaining 592 yards with five touchdowns on 74 carries (8.0 average) in eight regular season games. He completed 12-of-27 passes (44.4 percent) for 275 yards and four touchdowns and also caught two passes for 21 yards. In 2002, he started every game, lining up at quarterback for 13 contests and vs. Auburn at wide receiver. Jones completed 122-of-234 passes for 1,592 yards (52.1 percent) and 16 touchdowns. He also carried 129 times for 614 yards (4.8 average) and five scores and also had a 25-yard reception. The following season, Jones set school season and career rushing records for quarterback, totaling 633 yards with eight touchdowns on 89 carries (7.1 average). He hit on 132-of-230 passes (57.4 percent) for 1,917 yards, 18 touchdowns and only seven interceptions while also catching a 12-yard pass. An All-American selection as an all-purpose back by The NFL Draft Report, Jones was also afforded All-Southeastern Conference second-team honors as a quarterback by the league's coaches. Despite the team's struggles, he completed 151-of-264 passes (57.2 percent) for a career-high 2,073 yards and 15 touchdowns. Jones rushed 83 times for 622 yards (7.5 average) and six scores. For his career, Jones completed 417-of-755 passes (55.2 percent) for 5,857 yards, 53 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. Only Clint Stoerner (57 scores, 7,422 yards, 1996-99) had more touchdown passes and more yards throwing in school history. His 55.2 pass completion percentage was good for fifth on the school's career-record list while his 417 completions of 755 attempts both rank third in Arkansas annals. Jones gained 8,392 yards in total offense and was responsible for 77 touchdowns, shattering the previous Razorbacks all-time records of 7,049 yards and 62 scores by Stoerner. His total offense yards per play average of 7.38 yards rank second in Southeastern Conference history, surpassed only by Florida's Danny Wuerffel (7.75, 1993-96). Jones carried the ball 382 times for 2,535 yards (6.6 average) and 24 touchdowns, topping the old SEC career-record of 2,280 yards on the ground by John Bond of Mississippi State (1980-83). His 2,535 yards rank sixth among all players on Arkansas' all-time record list and his 24 scores rank seventh.
Analysis: Positives... Smooth and rangy athlete who has very good playing speed for his size... As a quarterback, he is best when operating as a broken field runner, as he has the ability to make things happen with his legs... More of a drop-back passer who can throw on the run... Has excellent scramble ability to sidestep and take the ball up field to get positive yards... Glides back from the center and is quick to set up... Stands tall in the pocket, but also has the agility to roll out... Calm under pressure and has total controlof the team in the huddle... Must be accounted for at all times because he is an above average running threat.
Negatives... Has a nice throwing motion, but does not always set his feet, which causes most of his balls to sail high or behind the receiver... Better on short area and intermediate tosses, as he cannot control his deep throws and they lack zip... Needs to scan the field better because he will run when the pressure comes... Has questionable arm strength, as his throws tend to hang in the air... Has questionable instincts as a passer, too often throwing the ball up for grabs... His timing is too erratic and receivers have to constantly adjust to all of his throws... Does not show a good feel for the pass rush... Lacks good anticipation skills, waiting until the receiver gets open before unleashing the ball... Will give you all of his effort, but it is no secret that he prefers basketball over football. Wide Receiver Analysis (Based on Senior Bowl Week) Positives: Explodes off the snap, using his strong hands to deliver a jolt on the defender to escape press coverage... Moves fluidly towards the ball, dropping his weight to gain more acceleration out of his breaks... Adjusts well in the open to man coverage and generally will get to the soft spot in the zone... Has great sideline awareness and can shift gears to elude defenders in the open... Excels at making over-the-shoulder adjustments to get to the ball... Uses his frame to screen defenders and delivers a jolting hand punch to deliver aggressive blocks upfield... Always looks upfield to gain more yardage after the catch. Negatives: Will need some route refinement, as he rounds his cuts a bit... Might struggle a bit to redirect and make adjustments to the ball in flight due to some hip stiffness... Has good speed, but did not show the second gear needed to be considered a deep threat... Must learn route technique and how to generate double moves when working in zone coverage.
Agility tests: 4.37 in the 40-yard dash... 2.49 20-yard dash... 1.50 10-yard dash... 39.5-inch vertical jump... 10'3" broad jump... 33 1/8-inch arm length... 9-inch hands... Right-handed... 19 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Northside (Fort Smith, Ark.) High School as a senior... All-Arkansas and All-State quarterback who completed 62 of 137 passes for 830 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior and gained 939 yards and 13 touchdowns on 105 rushing attempts... Ranked in the top five in the state in punt returns... Spent the first three years of his prep career at Van Buren (Ark.) High School... Split time as a junior between quarterback and wide receiver, earning 520 yards and five touchdowns on 22 catches... Finalist for McDonald's All-American honors in basketball... As a junior in basketball, he broke former UA All-American basketball player Corliss Williamson's conference record for season scoring average (24.5 points per game).
Personal: Enrolled in the College of Education and Health Professions, majoring in Middle School Education... Member of the 2002 and 2003 SEC Academic Honor Rolls... Also was a member of the 2001-02 and 2002-03 Lon Farrell Academic Honor Rolls... Son of Steve and Paula Jones... Father played football at Ouachita Baptist University... Born 4/22/83... Resides in Fort Smith, Ark.
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Is this a good pick? The steelers have done it but Jacks?
that was a reach IMHO
I think at 21 overall it's high. A risky proposition, not to doubt his talent though.
Alrighty then. That's real weird, of all the places...............