He's not a burner, but uses his savvy and jumping skills to go up and get the ball when thrown up to him. He understands how to run routes and can get in and out of his breaks at the top of routes despite his height. He has been a reliable receiver for the Tar Heels.
While he has decent speed, if he puts on weight this area could be a concern, and he is a nonexistent blocker at his current weight. He hasn't displayed much effort in contributing to the run game up to this point."
Accelerates well through his breaks on the post and corner, doing a nice job looking off defenders and tracking the football. He doesn't exhibit a second gear to his game when trying to run under the throw.
Doesn't do a great job attacking the football down the field, he tends to adjust and drift, and balance is a bit of an issue when he has to collect himself, but is routinely able to run under throws.
Is still developing as a route runner on sharply breaking routes, possessing limited fluidity in the hips and tends to get choppy into his breaks and will gear down a bit. Looks sharp working the comeback as well and, despite not being overly shifty with the ball in his hands, he struggles with balance at times and looks out of control.
He accelerates better in open field with better striaght-line speed than he plays with as a route runner. Has a decent feel in the pass game, and does a nice job slow playing routes off the line and changing speeds.
However, he's still learning where/how to sit down vs. coverage and when to run away from it. Nevertheless, he adjusts well to the football and can pluck away from his frame, but gets sloppy over the middle and will allow throws to get into his frame.
Struggles tremendously vs. press coverage. Isn't real shift off the line, lacks a real physical element to his game and gets upright exposing his chest and is easy to get into. Doesn't strike me as a guy who can win on the outside in the NFL.
Impression: A tall athlete who lacks a real dynamic quality to his game. Can't beat press coverage and looks like an inside receiver only in the NFL."
Route Running: Jones is a physical route runner that needs to work on his awareness of coverage. Too often he misses openings in the zone and overruns plays or just flat runs himself out of the play because of bad eyes. He doesn’t run crisply into or out of breaks and in general needs some refinement in this area. He does a nice job of selling his routes and double moves.
After the Catch: Jones is a physical specimen and knows what to do with the ball after he secures the catch. He uses his size in the open field to break tackles and shows surprising athleticism for a big receiver.
Athleticism: Dwight Jones is an underrated athlete as most have a tendency just to look at straight line speed. He’s not a burner but he has a good burst and suddenness to his game which make him dangerous. While he won’t beat NFL DB’s on go routes he can out physical them at the line of scrimmage and uses his leaping ability and big body to shield defenders.
Bottom Line: Jones has all the tangibles but lacks some intangibles to be a real good WR in the NFL. He has the body and athleticism to be a first round pick but he lacks the refinement on simple things to match those skills. His hands are a liability and he doesn’t recognize coverage well enough to be much more than a 3rd or 4th option. There is a high ceiling with Jones but someone is going to have to work at getting the most out of him.
Draft Projection: Jones is a bit of a risk but should go in the third round and could go before that. This scouting report is eerily similar to Jon Baldwin in 2011 and he went in the first. Baldwin has better hands."
However, he is a raw route runner whose inconsistent competiveness, toughness and intensity could restrict him from reaching his potential.
Has upside, but bust factor cannot be ignored."
He has excellent size for the position, but is still a little raw. His route running needs work and he's had consistency issues in the past.
• Plays up to his size, which makes him a mismatch against undersized cornerbacks.
• Shows a decent burst to get off the line of scrimmage. Struggles at times to get off the line when he's jammed. Needs to learn better disengage techniques.
• Developing as a route runner. Isn't asked to run complex routes that frequently and tends to round off his cuts.
• Definitely a high-point catching wide receiver. Really attacks the ball in the air.
• There isn't a lot of wiggle to Jones' game. He doesn't generate a lot of yards after the catch if he has to elude defenders.
• Should time well. Has good playing speed for such a big wide receiver.
• Struggled in 2010 from lapses of inconsistency. That may have more to do with the quarterback play than anything else, however."
Big target is a physical mismatch for most corners; also has good hands, but doesn’t run the crispest routes and lacks the explosion to get deep on a consistent basis; physical blocker."
The star wideout averages a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash and has been clocked as fast as 4.43 from that distance.
Needless to say, his combination of size and speed is the perfect recipe for success at the next level.
Jones also changes direction extremely well, has great hands, and is an effective blocker in the running game.
He needs to improve his burst off the ball and his ability to keep the play going with the ball in his hands.
Not surprisingly, Jones is tearing it up for the Tar Heels. He played sparingly as a freshman and sophomore, but he surged into prominence in 2010. Jones hauled in 62 passes for 946 yards and four touchdowns, playing in all 13 games while making 12 starts.
So far this season (through eight games), he has 48 receptions for 703 yards and eight scores. The Burlington, NC native is an obvious red-zone target and he should continue to be just that on Sundays."
+ Size- 6’4, 225lbs
+ Size to speed ratio- 4.53 40 is pretty impressive for a wide receiver as big as he is
+ Fluidity- never seen a guy as big as he is change directions with such ease
+ Strength and physicality- good run blocker and uses his size well in his routes
+ Stats- excelled last year after becoming the number 1 receiver mid-season, and has gotten at least 82 yards or more in all but one game this season
+ Hands- doesn’t drop passes, catches the ball with ideal fundamentals
- Useless with the ball in his hands, can’t make defenders miss in the open field
- Limited route tree- isn’t asked to run a lot of different routes, but has mastered his limited route tree
- Doesn’t accelerate quickly into his routes, and probably destined to fail if placed into a west coast offense
I love North Carolina senior wide receiver Dwight Jones. He’s an athletic receiver that consistently impresses me on a game by game basis.
Jones has good measurables. He has outstanding height and bulk, and has pretty good speed for his size. His long speed is excellent, but he doesn’t accelerate quickly into his routes.
Jones has excellent stats. In 2010 he became the #1 receiver mid-season and averaged 105.25 yards per game when he took over. He has also been impressive in 2011, getting 703 yards in 8 games and getting at least 82 yards in all but one game. He also gets touchdowns at a shocking rate (already 8 this season). He consistently maintains a pretty high yards per catch (14.6 career YPC), but doesn’t always get a lot of receptions.
Jones is a solid route runner. His route tree is very limited, but he is a brilliant route runner for a guy as big as he is. He is a natural at using deceptive head fakes in his routes, and he is a fluid athlete with great change of direction skills for his size. I’ve never seen a a receiver run the fade as beautifully as he does, however, he doesn’t run a variety of routes. In North Carolina’s scheme, he is never asked to run routes as simple as the hitch and the in. He also doesn’t have a good release off the line of scrimmage. His poor release and limited route tree probably eliminates any chance of him playing in a west coast offense at the next level. Regardless, every route he is asked to run he runs with beautiful fundamentals, and he knows how to use his size to create separation.
Jones has excellent hands. He never drops passes, and he catches the ball with beautiful fundamentals, never trapping passes against his frame. However, he has mediocre body control in the air, and he isn’t great at making catches in traffic.
Jones seems to have good intangibles. He plays with outstanding on field intensity, he has shown good strength as a route runner, and he seems to have great awareness of his opponents coverage scheme. However, he does have a bit of a history with injuries, having arthroscopic surgery on his knee in 2009, missing most of the season as a result.
Jones’ biggest issue is that he is just about useless with the ball in his hands. He absolutely can’t create yards after the catch to save his life, and his isn’t deceptive when with the ball in his hands. He has a high yards per catch because he runs downfield routes so well, but he is still terrible at creating yards after the catch. He also has poor balance.
Overall, I love Jones. He plays hard, he is athletic, and he has the potential to be a great player at the next level. No team would regret picking him. However, he needs to be in the right scheme to succeed at the next level (New England and New Orleans would be good fits).
NFL Comparison: Marques Colston
Grade: 91 (deserves to be a late first round pick)
Projection: 86 (will be a mid second round pick)"