The highly productive Dwight Jones comes from the University of North Carolina following an impressive season that ended with an ACC-leading 85 receptions, 12 touchdowns and a second-team All-ACC selection.
At 6’3” and 230 pounds, Jones is a physical specimen at the wide receiver position, demonstrating much of the desirable traits teams seek in a big red-zone target. Though a discrepancy between Jones and the NCAA involving a party in his name brought upon some bad press and got him banned from taking part in UNC’s pro day, the former Tar Heel is a solid talent with no real character concerns to speak of otherwise.
Has the size, length, and strength to defeat press jams. Can make the spectacular catch. Decent open-field runner with some agility and ability to break tackles. Has good top speed and rarely is caught from behind once top speed is achieved. Uses huge frame and long arms to deliver quality, powerful blocks on defensive backs.
The Tar Heel standout has been questionable in his route-running and can get very choppy when transitioning into his breaks. Those issues have continued to arise in recent opportunities to showcase his abilities, which remain the biggest—and most detrimental—knock on his game.
Jones did not perform well at the Senior Bowl, displaying poorly run routes and a failure to gain separation from DBs. While WalterFootball.com have credited Jones with a positive combine performance, citing his 4.55 40 time, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock reported some more disappointing news regarding the position drills. Via Rotoworld:
According to NFL Network's Mike Mayock, position coaches at the Combine "jumped all over" North Carolina WR Dwight Jones in on-field drills for disobeying instructions and a lack of hustle. Jones apparently ran a bad route at one point in drills and didn't hustle to the other area of the field, where the quarterback placed his pass.
What to Expect
Though his issues at the combine and Senior Bowl might concern teams about his work ethic, there is nothing to indicate it is an existing issue or that it should continue.
Jones appears to be a quality prospect based solely on his size, but does not boast anything outstanding that really jumps out at you. The National Football Post sees the former Tar Heel as an inside receiver in the NFL, as he lacks a real dynamic quality to his game and has trouble beating press coverage.
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