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With the 72nd overall selection, the Arizona Cardinals selected Houston offensive tackle Josh Jones.
Jones earned second team All-Conference honors in 2019. This, despite an injury-shortened season where he only started in the team’s first nine games. Despite this, Jones has started 45 games at left tackle at Houston. He’s been a staple on the Cougars’ offensive line.
Jones stands at a massive 6-5, 319 pounds and has even more room to add mass. He is athletic and uses his size to his advantage, cutting off edge rushers. Jones is able to make lateral movements to get to the rushers and stop them. He needs to improve on his understanding of cutting off angles. Jones can also improve on his acceleration in drive blocking, but he is very coachable and can easily improve.
Josh Jones compares to like the likes of former Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James, who currently plays for the Denver Broncos.
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What The Analysts Say
Early tape would suggest that Jones is a raw, developmental project in need of substantial technique work, but tape study later in the season suggests a level of improvement that creates additional intrigue for the long, athletic left tackle prospect. To be clear, he needs plenty of work with his pass sets and footwork, but most of his issues appear to be coachable. He’s a good fit for a move-oriented rushing attack and has the traits and talent to become a future starter if he continues to develop with coaching. -Lance Zirlien, NFL Network
Josh Jones is a high ceiling, low floor offensive tackle prospect who is an OL coach’s dream. With his natural skills, Jones showcases dominant physical flashes on the field and possesses the athletic ability to be a dominant pass blocker and weapon in the run game. But Jones’ skills need significant polish from the ground up — he’s still raw with his pass sets and footwork and can be too reactive in live action to over-set or over-pursue. Ideally he can be weaned into a starting role in the NFL. –Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network
Good things happen to those who wait. The Arizona Cardinals just got themselves the steal of the draft at the 72nd pick. The Cardinals were desperate for offensive line help, and were expected to get Kyler Murray some protection in the first round, but instead they land a first round talent in the third round.
Kyler Murray should be dancing in the streets right now (properly socially distanced from everyone else, of course), as Josh Jones will be some much-needed protection for him.
Murray was sacked 48 times a season ago. Josh Jones should help cut that number down tremendously.