Marcel Jones to Saints: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis
Nebraska's Marcel Jones stands at 6'6", 320 lbs, an impressive size even for an offensive lineman.
During his four years at Nebraska, Jones played in 39 games, however various injuries slowed him down and caused him to miss most of the 2010 season. He would continue to be bothered by injuries in 2011, however he was able to start the final eight games of the season at left tackle, where he was part of a Nebraska offensive line that protected a 16th-ranked rushing attack in the country and allowed only 21 sacks all season.
Jones has the size and footwork to compete for a starting left tackle job in the NFL. He possesses impressive 34-inch arms to go with great footwork and athleticism as well as decent fundamentals. A tough player that will be a challenge for any defensive rush, Jones can block any defensive end with his impressive size. He has proven that he can block the run but is also adept at protecting the passer.
However, Jones' problems staying healthy is definitely a weakness. While he possesses the talent to protect the quarterbacks' blindside and can start in his rookie year, he will likely start off on the right side until he develops the flexibility needed for the left tackle position. Jones also has poor balance and is not as physical as one would expect an offensive tackle to be. At times he can struggle with his man in space and while he can sustain his man at the line, he has problems blocking linebackers at times.
With New Orleans' need for depth on the o-line, Jones is a solid pick. While not quite ready to start just yet, Jones is a big body that can be plugged into the Saints line at times and should provide a pathway to open up the Saints rushing attack.
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