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Velus Jones Jr

WR

Tennessee

6' 0"

Height

Weight

204

Bench
40-Time
10-Time
20-Time
4.33
Vertical
Broad
20-Shuttle
60-Shuttle
33"
10' 0"
3-Cone
Hand
Arm
Wingspan
9 3/4"
30 7/8"

6.97

Final Grade

Injury History

Games Evaluated

Team Fit

IND

DET

NE

Strengths 

His speed truly sets him apart. He can simply run by defenders in the deep passing game to create separation and pose as a big play threat. Also uses his speed to catch passes and turn up field quickly to pick up big gains. Has the ability to make defenders miss in the open field as well, making him very dangerous after the catch. Has very reliable hands as well which is always a plus. Also really like his ability as a blocker. He may not be the biggest receiver in stature but he plays with a high level of effort, even when taking on bigger defenders as a blocker.







Weaknessess

Has almost zero ball skills. Doesn't have a high catch radius and hasn't been tasked with high pointing passes. Also doesn't have much experience having to win contested catches as he simply isn't that type of wide receiver. Will also need to show that he can beat press coverage out of his releases and clean up his route running technique. Has to be able to create separation with his breaks in his routes instead of just relying on speed. Will have to prove that he can run a more complex route tree if he wants to stay on the field. Doesn't have much positional versatility as he will be stuck in the slot.







Big Picture

Velus Jones Jr. was one of the top prospects out of the state of Alabama coming out of high school. Started his collegiate career at USC. Mainly played in a rotational receiver role and was the starting returner on special teams while at USC. Was among the conference and national leaders in return yards every season while at USC. Earned Second Team All-PAC 12 honors as a kick returner in 2019. Decided to transfer to Tennessee for his final year of eligibility and made a name for himself. Found a bigger role on offense for the Volunteers, catching 62 passes for 807 yards and seven touchdowns. Continued to impress as a returner as well, returning 23 kicks for 628 yards and a touchdown. His play helped him receive First Team All-SEC honors as an all-purpose player. He also received invitations to the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. As a pro, Jones projects as a player that will be a rotational piece at receiver and be an immediate impact starter as a returner. I see him being drafted at some point during Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft and being a player that should make a roster due to his high special teams value. If given time to grow in the right system, Jones could become more than just a special teams player and become a solid slot receiver in the league.









Player Comp

Devin Duvernay

Athleticism:

7.4

Lateral Agility
Elusiveness
Play Strength
Burst
Deep Speed
7.2
7.3
7.3
7.4
7.8

Jones is one of the fastest receivers in this draft class. Has the speed to truly run by defenders in the deep passing game. Has a nice amount of burst to him in the open field after the catch when running away from defenders. Has the quickness and ability to change direction to make defenders miss in the open field. Shows some solid play strength for his size. Is able to run through arm tacklers, keep moving forward through contact for extra yards, and can create movement as a blocker.



Route Running:

6.72

Release/Foot Quickness
Route Tree Variety
Separation
Body Control
Spacing/Timing
6.7
6.3
7
7

Big Play Ability

Playing out of the slot, he wasn't tested to beat press coverage in his release. Has adequate foot quickness but had a ton of free space to get going in his routes for the most part. Didn't run a big route tree in college, mainly fade routes, slants, and screens. Has the speed to create separation in the deep passing game but doesn't create much as a route runner. Lacks the quick/sharp cuts to get away from defenders. Is more of a smooth route runner with good body control and an understanding of how to find space in zone coverage to sit and become an open target.



Ball Skills:

7.5

Hands
Catch Radius
Contested Catch
High Points Ball
6
6
6

Playing out of the slot, he wasn't tested to beat press coverage in his release. Has adequate foot quickness but had a ton of free space to get going in his routes for the most part. Didn't run a big route tree in college, mainly fade routes, slants, and screens. Has the speed to create separation in the deep passing game but doesn't create much as a route runner. Lacks the quick/sharp cuts to get away from defenders. Is more of a smooth route runner with good body control and an understanding of how to find space in zone coverage to sit and become an open target.



Competitiveness:

7.33

Contact Balance
Blocking
Aggression/Toughness
Run After Catch
7.3
7.2
7.5

Is very dangerous with the ball in his hands. Has the speed to turn a short pass into a touchdown at any given moment. Also can make defenders miss in the open field. Has great contact balance as a ball carrier. Can take on contact and spin or bounce off of it and continue running in full stride. Isn't afraid of contact by any means. Plays very aggressive both as a ball carrier and a blocker. Shows a high amount of willingness and tenacity as a blocker. Does a good job of getting position on the defender as a blocker and driving them out of the play.


Intelligence:

6.73

Does a solid job of recognizing coverages and finding space to get open. Instincts are adequate but average at best. Does do a solid job of tracking the ball in the deep passing game. Is going to be likely stuck in the slot on offense but has extreme value as a returner on special teams which will help him find a roster spot.

Instincts
Coverage Recognition
Position Versatility
6.5
7
6.7