Monday, December 24, 2012

Prospect Profile: OL Barrett Jones - Alabama

Alabama Profile:

Name:  Barrett Jones
Height:  6' - 5"
Weight:  302 lbs.
Class:  RSr.
Hometown:  Germantown, TN
DOB:  May 25, 1990 (22 years old)
High School:  Evangelical Christian

Season Summaries:

2012 RSr. Year:  Moved to Center from Left Tackle his senior season to lead what is probably the best Offensive Line in college football.  Won the 2012 Rimington Trophy recognizing the Nation's top Center.  Was also awarded the Walter V. Campbell Trophy (aka the Student-Athlete "Heisman") as the Nation's Absolute Top Student-Athlete.  Was a finalist for the 2012 Outland Trophy but lost out to Texas A&M LT Luke Joeckel.  UNC OG Jonathan Cooper was also nominated.  Consensus 1st Team All American at Center (AP and Walter Camp), Coaches and Media 1st Team All SEC at Center.  Alabama will play for the 2012 BCS National Championship.

2011 RJr. Year:  Moved to Left Tackle after playing Right Guard for the Crimson Tide in his RFr. and RSo. seasons.  Won the 2011 Outland Trophy, recognizing the Nation's top interior lineman.  Semifinalist for the Lombardi Award which recognizes the Nation's top OL/DL that also best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi.  Unanimous 1st Team All American (AP, AFCA, Walter Camp...everybody), 1st Team All-SEC (AP and Coaches), also won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy recognizing the SEC's top Offensive Lineman.  Also won the Wuerffel Trophy and the ARA Sportsmanship Award.  Jones did ALL OF THIS despite only playing in 10 games at Left Tackle.  Sat out Mississippi State and Georgia Southern games with an ankle sprain vs. LSU, a game in which he managed to tough it out and finish the game at LT (LSU won 9-6).  Alabama ranked 15th in the country with 220 rushing yards per game, and 16th nationally in scoring offense per game at 36.0 points/gm.  Alabama was the BCS National Champion in 2011.

2010 RSo. Year:  Started 11 games at Right Guard.  1st Team All-SEC (AP).  Outland Trophy watch list, helped Alabama to 444 yards/gm of offense, 183 rushing yards/gm and 261 passing yards/gm...all stats were Top 30 Nationally at the FBS level.  

2009 RFr. Year:  Started all 14 games at Right Guard.  Was part of an OL unit that was 42nd in the country at 403 yards of offense per game, 215 of those yards were on the ground, good for 12th in the country.  Alabama won the 2009 BCS National Championship.

2012 RSr. Year Highlights (#75 at Center):

2011 RJr. Year Highlights (#75 at Left Tackle):

2010 RSo. Year Highlights (#75 at RG):

2009 RFr. Year Highlights (#75 at RG):

Positives (+):
-  Extremely athletic and mobile as an Offensive Lineman
-  Versatile, has played extensively at RG, LT and C, very rare for a SEC OL player
-  Very good technician, works hard for position
-  Elite hand placement and consistently keeps shoulder square
-  Will do what it takes to complete a block, doesn't care about looking pretty
-  Strong run blocker
-  Elite on the second level, works upfield to help solid gains break into explosive plays
-  Fires off well on first step, wins at the point of attack early most plays
-  Intangibles, has won numerous Academic/Community awards

Negatives (-):
-  Could use a little more bulk in his legs to solidify his ability to anchor
-  Can get speed rushed on occasion (at Tackle)
-  Footwork can occasionally get a little sloppy

NFL Analysis:
Jones is a four year starter at one of the top OL schools in the country.  He has shown tremendous versatility having played 3 different positions on an OL that consistently ranks in the top tier of all offensive categories.  Not only has Jones improved as a player in Tuscaloosa over his career, but he has continued to excel in the classroom and in the community, both in the South and abroad.  He'll likely advance into the NFL as a C, OG or possibly a RT in a Zone Blocking Scheme.  His athleticism and smarts are going to make him a mainstay for most any team that drafts him.

Outlook as a Raider:
With Oakland sitting in the Top 5, likely No. 3 Overall, a selection of Jones would all but be a waste of value.  However, should Oakland trade back into say the 15-32 range, then you could see the Raiders looking to improve their starting quality of the interior of their OL.  LG Cooper Carlisle is likely set to retire after the 2012 season.  While C Stefen Wisniewski has looked solid at C, he could me moved back out to LG.  The versatility of Jones will make him a very attractive pick for Oakland who is seeking youth, depth and versatility from LG to RT.  Jones could be a dark horse pick to play RT in Oakland, and the Raiders have a huge hole to fill there with the under-performing Khalif Barnes and Willie Smith looking like they need to be replaced.  Reggie McKenzie will likely look for an impact defensive playmaker in the 1st Round if that Top 5 pick is indeed used, however should the "trade down" scenario unfold...and given certain DE/OLBs are already taken, look for a possible pickup of Jones in the mid/late 1st Round for Oakland.  The intangibles and versatility of Jones would be a very much needed upgrade on their OL as they've struggled to consistently move the ball on the ground and in the red zone.  It is also noteworthy that Reggie and Jones are both natives of Tennessee (Jones the Memphis area, Reggie over in Knoxville).

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