Barrett Jones: How Will St. Louis' Newest OG Fare in the Pros?

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIApril 27, 2013

Barrett Jones is an NFL-ready offensive lineman for the St. Louis Rams.
Barrett Jones is an NFL-ready offensive lineman for the St. Louis Rams.Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Rams continued a very strong showing in the 2013 NFL draft by selecting Barrett Jones in the fourth round with the 113th overall pick.

There was a time when Jones was considered a top center prospect, but questions came up before the draft about his athleticism and overall abilities.

Here's how we see Jones faring in the NFL for St. Louis.

 

Pro Outlook

While Jones played center his final year for the Alabama Crimson Tide, he'll likely make the move to offensive guard for the Rams. 

Jones has the experience and technique to step in from day one and start. He's just as good in pass protection as he is in the run game, but he struggles getting to the second level and making blocks in the open field.

Overall, Jones doesn't provide much upside, but should become a solid starting offensive lineman in the NFL.

 

Fantasy Outlook

Not only will Jones help give more time to Sam Bradford in the passing game, but he should also open up running lanes for Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead.

He won't have a huge impact for fantasy football, but he will help boost his teammates' overall production.

 

Roster Outlook

With Scott Wells on the roster, it's hard to see Jones staying at center for St. Louis. Ultimately, the Rams should move Jones to either left or right guard and plug him into the starting lineup from day one.

 

Pick Analysis

What makes this a solid pick for St. Louis is the fact that Jones is an NFL-ready prospect and has the versatility to play a few positions across the offensive line.

While Jones doesn't have a high ceiling, he should be able to produce and start in this league for a number of years, making this pick even better for the Rams.

Grade: B

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