What an exciting few days, don't you agree? I may be alone here, but the combine is one of my favorite events of the NFL season. There's so many things that can happen, you never know what's going on. First-round talent players do terrible, a la Vontaze Burfict. Other players blow the roof off of Lucas Oil Stadium and eventually find themselves on my draft wish list.
I don't know how many of you got a chance to see the combine, but one of the guys that impressed me was Marvin Jones. Now, there were a lot of other players that did very well. As you may already know, Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech saw his stock rise faster than his 40 time. Stanford's Chris Owusu showed that he can play in the NFL, but his history of concussions is scary.
Marvin Jones shows that he can be a prototypical No. 1 receiver in the NFL. I understand it's hard to tell this from just one day of workouts, but I believe Jones has unbelievable potential.
Jones showed up at the combine standing at 6'2" and weighing 199 lbs. He showed great speed, running a 4.46 40-yard dash. Not elite speed like the Calvin Johnsons of the league, but Jones uses his speed very well. After I saw his results, I ran to my laptop and searched him up on YouTube.
Jones does a very good job getting separation on deep routes. Time after time, when the camera switches from quarterback to receiver, I saw Jones blazing past defensive backs. Unfortunately for Jones, he didn't exactly have a great quarterback throwing it to him and the deep ball was often short. This was no big deal for Jones, as he just used his strength and great hands to come back and get the ball. Imagine what he can do with Carson Palmer throwing him the ball.
The Golden Bear product had his strength on full display on Sunday morning. He tied for first in bench reps. What does this show? He can beat cornerbacks when they try to jam, but can also become an asset in the blocking game.
When it comes to hands, Jones has a great pair. Search up his 2010 highlights and you will be amazed. One-handed catches in the corner of the end zone, diving for touchdowns, getting high and fighting for the ball.
Wide receiver isn't a glaring need for the Raiders, however. But Jones can fit with the Raiders, and if he is there in the middle rounds, the Raiders have to think about bolstering their offense even more.
In the first season without Al Davis, it seems like Chaz Schilens' career with the Raiders is over. He had potential to be the Raiders possession receiver, having great size and underrated speed. Jones can be that guy, without the injuries. Granted, Jones did suffer a knee injury at the Senior Bowl, but he recovered and did a great job at the combine.
Without Schilens, the Raiders have a hole at receiver. They're missing a big-bodied receiver that can run the crossing routes. Denarius Moore, who is very talented, is not that guy. Moore is a great player who can stretch the defense, but I can't see him as the guy over the middle taking the big hits.
Darrius Heyward-Bey is a big guy, bigger than Jones in fact. However, we all know that Heyward-Bey's hands are not good enough to be the possession type receiver.
Jacoby Ford is the X-factor. He comes in when the defense is not expecting it and completely lights up the defense. When he's on the field consistently, he's not as effective. Sure, he had good games against the Chiefs and Dolphins as a rookie, but what about when he was "healthy" last season? Against Houston, Cleveland, Kansas City and the second game of San Diego, Ford had 10 catches for 111 yards.
In all, Jones is a great player who can be an impact player in the NFL. He has good size, terrific hands and impressive measurables. The Raiders aren't dying for another receiver, but Jones will provide good value as a mid-rounder and can be the possession type receiver the Raiders have so long hoped for.