Marvin Jones 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Player Name: Marvin Jones
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 199 lbs.
Jones did not have a 1,000 yard season during his collegiate career, but he did up his production in terms of catches and yardage each year from his sophomore through senior seasons even though he was held back my mediocre quarterback play. His draft stock is on the rise after solid postseason showings, starting at the Senior Bowl and continuing at the NFL Combine, and he is firmly on the radar of NFL scouts at this point. Jones was largely overshadowed by teammate Keenan Allen over his last couple collegiate seasons, but he finished his career with at least one catch in 38 straight games.
- Shows good burst off the line, and is a very fluid mover
- Has a wide catch radius, aided by long arms (33 1/8″), and has excellent body control
- Has reliable hands; shows good awareness and concentration
- Runs crisp routes with little wasted movement
- Is athletically gifted, as shown by postseason workouts
- Is considered a high-character player
- Does not have outstanding vertical speed
- Is thin-framed, and may struggle with physical NFL corners
- Is not particularly explosive after the catch
- Needs work on his technique as a blocker
- Occasionally allows passes to get into his body
Jones is part of a deep wide receiver class this year, and without outstanding collegiate production he looks like a Day 2 pick right now. He could be a good fit for a team that runs a West Coast offense similar to what he played in at Cal under head coach Jeff Tedford, and having an NFL-caliber signal caller throwing him the ball stands to work to his benefit as well. Teams that are likely to be most interested in Jones include the San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings, who all have a need at wide receiver but may choose to wait to select one.
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