Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Height: 6-5. Weight: 311. Arm: 33.63. Hand: 10.13.
40 Time: 5.27.
Projected Round (2020): 1-2.
4/11/20: Some team sources think Jones will be the fifth tackle off the board and others say Austin Jackson. Teams feel there is a big drop after the top-four tackles to Jones and Jackson, but both Jones and Jackson could get selected in the back half of the first round.
Jones put together a solid 2019 season and was a very good pass protector for Houston. Some team sources say they like his potential for the NFL. Jones has good size with length, athleticism and agility. He is not overpowering, and could stand to get stronger. Jones dropped weight prior to his senior year, which helped his conditioning but hurt his strength at the point of attack. There are some parts of Jones’ technique that he could work to improve on for the pros, as sometimes he can bend a little at the waist, and in the NFL, it will hurt him to be sloppy by bending at the waist rather than the knee.
It might best for him to start out his career as a backup, but he has the ability to work his way into being a starting tackle. Some feel he should be a right tackle in the NFL. Multiple team sources say they graded Jones in the third round, so some teams are much lower on him even though he will be a first- or second-round pick.
8/17/19: Jones was the starting left tackle for Houston over the past three seasons. He has some size to him, and his run blocking is ahead of his pass protection. Some team sources have projected Jones as a potential pick in the back half of the 2020 NFL Draft.