The ninth installment of our draft series focuses on Georgia center Ben Jones.
Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 2 center, unranked overall (not top 100)
Bio: Rimington Award finalist was named Georgia’s MVP after his senior season, when he was a team captain. Made 49 starts in his career, the third most by an offensive lineman in Georgia history. Named second-team All-SEC after his sophomore and senior seasons.
Size: 6-foot-2 5/8, 303 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.36 seconds
225-pound bench press reps: 29
Vertical jump: 30.5 inches
Broad jump: 8-foot-9
20-yard shuttle: 4.74 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.95 seconds
Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Boise State, Mississippi State and LSU games): Tries to be more of an athlete than a guy that is going to pound you. Have seen him come off the ball and finish blocks with a nasty streak, but doesn’t do this near enough. … Is not afraid to take a cheap shot when given the opportunity. … Plays more with his feet than he does with power. Has nice weight room strength, but you see him catch blocks, then try and work for control. … Able to shuffle, slide and redirect. Can pick up the twist stunts on the blitz. … Loves to use his hands to block but doesn’t punch with them. His technique is to grab and hold onto his man. Should have been called for holding several times but wasn’t. Really tries to control his man with his hands. Doesn’t really shock his man so you see him using his feet to stay in front and mirror. … Good against LSU first-round prospect Michael Brockers in handling his spin move. Brockers can be tough because of his quickness and power going up the field, but Jones hung in there nicely and didn’t allow the pressure. … Makes all the line calls. Is solid to help when uncovered. Does a nice job of kicking away from the line of scrimmage and sorting out where the defensive pressure is coming from. … Is an upright, straight-legged blocker as a pass protector. … No problems with the shotgun snap. … As a run blocker, he doesn’t play with much lower-body power. Tends to get stalemated, but fights like heck to try and finish his blocks. … Is a bit of a narrow-based player. Have seen him get thrown to the ground when that base gets too narrow. … It bothered me a couple of times that when getting to the second level, he got tripped trying to complete the block and ended up on the ground. This just didn’t happen once but three different times. … Does a nice job when he is asked to block back on the counter or misdirection plays. Can maintain his position to shield his man from the ball. Likes to throw on blocks when he gets outside on the screens. Can be a little slow footed when working outside. … Is not the athletic level of David Molk of Michigan but will be the second center on a lot of team’s boards. As mentioned, have seen him play with a nasty streak but like to see it more. Will be in the mix as teams work into the middle rounds.