Sam Jones NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Denver Broncos' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Arizona State offensive lineman Sam Jones (76) in the second half during an NCAA college football game against New Mexico State, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State defeated New Mexico State 37-31. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Rick Scuteri/Associated Press

POSITIVES

—Athletic guard who can get in space and climb to second-level defenders.

—Understands angles and positioning well enough to be successful throughout runs to the boundary.

—Quick feet to set and mirror with agility inside.

—Can run with shoulders square to the line of scrimmage and time up punches to defenders in space.

—Smooth pass-setter who can hit his spots and gain half-man advantage.

         

NEGATIVES

—Has to find a way to put on weight and carry it consistently despite a frame (6'5", 305 lbs) that looks maxed out.

—Will struggle to deal with NFL power at the point of attack.

—Will not find success in a gap scheme and is limited to zone schemes that minimize routine need for power.

—Doesn't have the lower-back strength to drop his anchor and stalemate a bull rush.

—Can have lapses in processing that leave him high and dry.

          

OVERALL

Sam Jones will struggle to carry the weight needed to be an effective interior offensive lineman. He'll have to find a program that builds up a frame that doesn't seem to have much more space on it while also retaining the athleticism that makes him a reasonable prospect.

He's an athletic mover who's learned how to win reps without traditional power. An outside-zone scheme may see him as a rotating piece who can provide spot starts and depth after a year or two on a practice squad.

       

GRADE: 5.00 (Priority Free Agent)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: B.J. Finney, Pittsburgh Steelers

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