Barrett  Jones   Alabama           OC       The most versatile offensive lineman in the 2013 draft class. There is plenty of film to see Jones at left tackle, guard and center, and he played all five spots for the Crimson Tide. Having earned the 2011 Outland Trophy, 2012 Rimington and three BCS championships in the last four years, Jones’ resume is stout. Good FBI (football instincts), awareness and intelligence; one can see him directing traffic on all films viewed when playing the OC position. Aligns as a shotgun snapper (blind) and traditional. Good quickness to snap out of stance and get out on screen; locates well in space and works to attack target, though is not explosive to push and finish. Inline blocker with snap, step collision; UOH (use of hands) to grab and steer defender. Good combo blocking in tandem with OGs to squeeze and walk defenders. Can snap and sift to second level; locates and locks on, but inconsistent to finish and disengage. Pass blocker with wide base, stout anchor with bouncing balance to remain frontal of defender, UOH to grab outside cloth. Several sources say Jones is a natural-born leader. After watching his DNA (film) dating back to 2009, I don’t think he is an OT at the next level. Some teams may start him at RT (right tackle) and let him compete on the edge. If he fails, then you could always move him inside. To me, however, that would be a waste of time; align him as OC, and let him develop into a Pro Bowler.  Softli – Second-round talent, second-or third-round pick.

 

BARRETT JONES

Offensive Center/Guard

University of Alabama Crimson Tide

#75

6:04.0-306

Germantown, Tennessee

Evangelical Christian High School

 

OVERVIEW

Much like his father, Rex, a forward with the Crimson Tide basketball team from 1982-84, Jones is the consummate team player. No matter what task placed in front of him by the coaching staff, the team captain has handled those duties with one thing in mind – ensuring that the Tide go home victorious. During his playing days with the gridiron squad, Jones led the Tide into three BCS National Championship Games.

 

During his four years in the starting lineup, Jones has received numerous honors for not only his performances on the field, but also in the classroom. Away from the game, he received Academic All-American recognition four times, earning both a bachelors and masters degree in accounting while attaining a 4.0 grade point average. He was named the College Sports Information Directors Association/Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and was the recipient of the 2012 William V. Campbell Award, also known as the “Academic Heisman.”

 

On the football field, Jones captured the Outland Trophy and the Jacobs Blocking Trophy during his junior season and was a semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award, along with being named a consensus All-American. As a senior, he joined Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o as the only major college players to receive Academic All-American and Associated Press All-American first-team honors. He also earned Rimington Trophy recognition as the best center in college football and was a finalist for the Outland Trophy (nation’s top interior lineman) and Lombardi Award (nation’s best lineman or linebacker).

 

What makes all of those honors even more impressive is the fact that Jones accomplished those feats while playing a different position each season. In addition to showing great consistency and versatility, he developed into a solid pass protector with keen field vision and quick feet, as he is able to mirror bull rushers working in-line and has the retreat skills and kick slide to protect the pocket from edge rushers.

 

Jones does a nice job of placing his hands and locking on to his blocking assignment in order to leverage and works hard using his frame to anchor. He has good hip snap and lateral agility pulling for the running game and has a keen concept for taking proper angles, along with keeping his pads down when trying to neutralize second level defenders. He has enough power and the leg drive to widen and maintain the rushing lanes and is quick to reach the three-technique defensive tackles when firing off the snap from the middle of the line.

 

Protecting the pocket has been first and foremost for the versatile blocker, but over the year, Jones has had much better success as a drive blocker. He works well in unison with other offensive linemen on double teams and combo blocks and shows natural instincts and good urgency with his angles, and is alert to blitzes, keeping his head on a swivel to easily adjusted to the delayed blitz.

 

Before ever suiting up for a variety of roles for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, Jones attended Evangelical Christian School, where the Memphis native was rated the top prospect in the state of Tennessee and the 20th-best offensive lineman in the country by Super Prep. He placed 60th on the Rivals.com National Top 100 List, as that recruiting service rated him the best center in the country. Sports Illustrated listed him as the 53rd-best high school player in the prep ranks.

 

As a senior, Jones received All-American honors from the U.S. Army and EA Sports, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 choice received “Super 120 Team” accolades from the Mobile Press-Register. Listed as a four-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout.com, he was also a 2007 finalist for Division II AA Mr. Football in Tennessee recognition.

 

Jones added first-team All-State honors from The Nashville Tennessean and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. He was named to the 2007 West Tennessee Coaches Association All-Region team and would close out his prep career by playing in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American game on January 5th, 2008 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

 

Jones received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Alabama, where he played for coach Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide team since 2008 after receiving a medical red-shirt after playing in three games with a shoulder injury. He started all fourteen games for Alabama’s 2009 national championship team at right guard, where he was one of three new starters on the front wall. He went on to garner Freshman All-American honors from College Football News and Phil Steele after helping the Tide record eleven 100-yard rushing performances by their ball carriers and average 215.07 yards per game on the ground.

 

In addition to being named an Academic All-American as a sophomore, Jones also received All-American third-team honors in 2010. With Alabama using their eleven-game starter at right guard to protect the pocket, the team averaged 444.15 yards per game in total offense. He sat out vs. Georgia State and Auburn due to a high ankle sprain, but played a key role for five 100-yard rushing performances by various Tide rushers.

 

In 2011, Jones again sat out two games with an ankle sprain, but was a unanimous All-American and All-Southeastern Conference selection, despite playing a new position, taking over the demanding job of lining up at left offensive tackle for eleven starting assignments. The Jacobs Blocking Trophy recipient was also the winner of the Wuerffel Trophy, as he helped Alabama rank 16th in the nation in rushing with an average of 214.5 yards per game.

 

As a senior, Jones was again on the move, returning to his prep position at center. His shift to the pivot allowed Alabama to assemble the best five-man combination of talent on an offensive line, as all five starters up front received post-season accolades. He added William V. Campbell Award recognition, as the nation’s best student-athlete and in 731 plays at his new position, he prevented any of his opponents from sacking a Tide quarter-back. Alabama produced eight 100-yard rushing performances with Jones in the trenches while their running attack averaged 224.6 yards per game.

 

Living up to his “consummate team player” label, it was not revealed at the time, but Jones suffered a serious foot injury in the first quarter of the Southeastern Conference Championship game. He still played the entire game with his usual consistent effort, hiding the injury so well, that his teammates did not even know he had been hurt.

 

Even with the injury in the BCS Championship Game, Jones earned praise for weeks later for his manhandling of Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III, giving Tide left offensive guard Chance Warmack the freedom to maneuver downfield to block Fighting Irish line-backers for Eddie Lacy and T. J. Yeldon.

 

After the national title game, Jones finally announced that he had a Lisfranc injury of the left foot with at least two torn ligaments. He underwent surgery immediately upon returning home to Alabama and with doctors stating the injury would require at least three-to-four months to heal, he was unable to participate in agility test drills at the NFL Scouting Combine in late February.

 

CAREER NOTES

The three-time All-American, 2011 Outland Trophy recipient and 2012 Rimington Award winner helped Alabama captured three national championships during his four seasons as a starter…A model of consistency, he also proved to be an invaluable contributor due to his versatility, starting 50 games for the Tide – 25 at right guard during the 2009-10 campaigns, eleven at left tackle as a junior and fourteen at center in 2012…As a senior, he also saw playing time at three other offensive line positions (ironically, all but right guard)…Off the field, Jones has earned a degree in Accounting, graduating summa cum laude in August, 2011 with a 4.0 grade point average…Graduated in December 2012 with his masters, again maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

 

2012 SEASON

Jones’ senior season was perhaps his finest, as he was recognized for his stellar play anchoring the Crimson Tide front wall, where the senior shifted to center, starting all fourteen games to replace the departed William Vlachos, allowing Alabama to assemble the best five-man combination of talent on the offensive front in college football…The recipient of the 2012 Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s best center, he was also named the National Football Foundation’s winner of the prestigious William V. Campbell Award, given to the nation’s best football student-athlete (commonly referred to as the “Academic Heisman”)…Added Capital One/College Sports Information Directors Association Academic All-American of the Year after he compiled a 4.0 grade-point average throughout his nine semesters at Alabama, graduating in three years with a bachelor’s degree in accounting (May ’11) and then receiving his master’s in accountancy (December 15th, 2012) a couple weeks before the BCS title game…Received All-American first-team honors from the Football Writers Association of America, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated…Was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy (top interior lineman) and one of three for the Lombardi Award (top lineman or linebacker)…Joined Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o as only FBS football players in 2012 to be named an Associated Press first-team All-American and a Capital One/CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American…Did not allow an opponent to sack a Crimson Tide quarterback on 287 pass attempts and missed only six assignments in 731 snaps (99.2 percent), grading out at 90 percent or better in ten games for a final average of 90.4, while recording twenty pancake blocks…Blocked for eight individual 100-yard rushing performances in 2012, marking 33 during his career…Helped open holes for 224.6 yards of rushing offense per game (20th nationally) while blocking for 439.1 yards per game of total offense (40th nationally)…Suffered a serious foot injury in the first quarter of the Southeastern Conference Championship game, but still played the entire game…Even with the injury in the BCS Championship Game, Jones earned praise for weeks later for his manhandling of Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III, giving Tide left offensive guard Chance Warmack the freedom to maneuver downfield to block Fighting Irish line-backers for Eddie Lacy and T. J. Yeldon.

 

2011 SEASON

Jones was a unanimous All-American first-team selection, receiving that accolade from The NFL Draft Report, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp, Football Writers Association, Sporting News, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports and Rivals.com while also capturing Outland Trophy honors…Recipient of the ARA Sportsmanship Award and the Wuerffel Trophy ..Added All-Southeastern Conference first-team recognition from the league’s coaches and Associated Press…Awarded the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given to the top offensive lineman in the SEC…Semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award…The junior graded out first or second on the Alabama offensive line in nine of ten games while he started eleven contests at the demanding left tackle position, moving to that spot due to depth concerns by the coaching staff…Sat out the Mississippi State and Georgia Southern contests with an ankle sprain…In addition to starting at left tackle, Jones also saw playing time at right tackle, left guard and center during his junior campaign, but despite the position shuffling, he allowed just three quarterback sacks and received perfect grades for blocking consistency in four contests, earning SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors vs. Arkansas…Helped Alabama rank 16th nationally running the football with an average of 214.5 yards per game while ranking 20th nationally in scoring offense with 34.9 points per game and 31st in total offense (426.6 ypg)…The offensive line ranked 26th in the nation in sacks allowed at 1.31 per game…Opened holes for 34 rushing touchdowns and blocked for nine 100-yard rushing performances by Tide ball carriers in 2011….Only missed nine assignments in 587 snaps during the regular season.

 

2010 SEASON

Jones received first-team Academic All-American honors, in addition to being named third-team All-American from The NFL Draft Report and Associated Press…The first-team All-SEC selection was on the watch list for the Outland Trophy after starting eleven contests at right offensive guard…Sat out the Georgia State and Auburn contests due to a high ankle sprain, but went on to block for five 100-yard rushing performances by Tide ball carriers during his sophomore season…Helped the Crimson Tide rank 22nd nationally in total offense, racking up 444.15 yards per game…Alabama also ranked 29th nationally running the ball at 182.92 yards per game and 27th passing at 261.15 yards per game, as he anchored an offensive line that provided time for the nation’s fourth-ranked quarter-back in passing efficiency…Competed the entire season without allowing a  quarterback sack or pressure.

 

2009 SEASON

Jones started all fourteen games for the Alabama national championship team, lining up at right offensive guard…Earned Freshman All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report and was one of three new starters on the Tide’s offensive front that helped Alabama compile 403.0 yards of total offense per game, which ranked 42nd nationally and 215.07 yards on the ground – 12th in the nation…Running back Mark Ingram was the beneficiary of the line’s solid play, ranking 11th nationally in rushing at 118.43 yards per game…Also helped the Tide achieve impressive balance with 215.07 yards per game on the ground and 187.93 per game in the air while clearing lanes for Alabama ball carriers that totaled eleven 100-yard rushing performances for the season…Also provided time for quarterback Greg McElroy to post a 140.55 passing efficiency rating that ranked 28th nationally.

 

2008 SEASON

Jones played in three games as a true freshman before a shoulder injury ended his season after he received a medical red-shirt…Saw action vs. Western Kentucky and participated in two SEC games at Arkansas and at home vs. Kentucky.

 

INJURY REPORT

2008 Season…Granted a medical red-shirt due to a shoulder injury after playing in the team’s first three games.

2010 Season…Sat out the Georgia State and Auburn contests with a high ankle sprain.

2011 Season…An ankle sprain sidelined Jones vs. Mississippi State and Georgia Southern.

2012 Season…Jones suffered torn ligaments in his left foot during the SEC Championship Game vs. Georgia. He returned to practice the day before the BCS title game and played vs. Notre Dame. “Our trainer did a great job,” he said during practice leading up to the title game. “First of all, I did a lot of swimming, which was kind of cool. It’s hard. You guys ever swim before? It’s exhausting. We had this really cool treadmill, called the Ultra G treadmill. It’s a treadmill that kind of allows you to run on just part of your body weight. It’s pretty neat. It’s like your whole bottom is in a vacuum. You’ve got to look it up. It’s hard to explain. But we had several different ways I was able to stay in shape, so I feel pretty good.”…After the title clash, he went back to Alabama and immediately had Lisfranc surgery on his left foot to repair least two torn ligaments. His doctors stated the injury would require at least three-to-four months to heal, he was unable to participate in agility test drills at the NFL Scouting Combine in late February.

 

AGILITY TESTS

5.42 in the 40-yard dash…1.90 10-yard dash…3.16 20-yard dash…4.73 20-yard shuttle…

7.64 three-cone drill…25-inch vertical jump…8’0” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times…34 1/8-inch arm length…10 ¼-inch hands…78 ¼-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Jones attended Evangelical Christian School (Memphis, Ten.)…Rated the top prospect in the state of Tennessee and the 20th-best offensive lineman in the country by Super Prep… Placed 60th on the Rivals.com National Top 100 List, as that recruiting service rated him the best center in the country…Sports Illustrated listed him as the 53rd-best high school player in the prep ranks…As a senior, Jones received All-American honors from the U.S. Army and EA Sports, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 choice received “Super 120 Team” accolades from the Mobile Press-Register…Listed as a four-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout.com, he was also a 2007 finalist for Division II AA Mr. Football in Tennessee recognition…Added first-team All-State honors from The Nashville Tennessean and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association…Named to the 2007 West Tennessee Coaches Association All-Region team and closed out his prep career by playing in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American game on January 5th, 2008 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

 

PERSONAL

Jones has earned a degree in Accounting, graduating summa cum laude in August, 2011 with a 4.0 grade point average…Graduated in December 2012 with his masters, again maintaining a 4.0 GPA…In addition, he was one of eleven members on the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Work “which honors football student-athletes for exemplary community service.”…Won the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, an award given by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame to college’s football’s “best and brightest.”… 2010 and 2011 Academic All-American and in 2012, he earned the distinction as the Foot-ball Academic All-America Team Member of the Year…Received the 2011 ARA Sports-manship Award and 2011 Wuerffel Trophy for combined athletic, academic and community service achievement…Added CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American of the Year in 2012…Father, Rex, played basketball at Alabama under head coach Wimp Sanderson from 1982-84, where the forward helped the team compile a 61-34 record during his three seasons, including a 23-10 mark in 1984-85, when the Tide reached the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament…Born 5/25/90 in Memphis, Tennessee…Resides In Germantown, Tennessee.

 

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