Draft Profile: BioAustin Jones from Bishop O'Dowd High High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Jones joined Stanford.
In 2019 as a freshman Jones saw action in 12 games for the Cardinals as he ran for a decent 227 yards on 45 attempts for a decent 5.0 yards per carry, with one TD, with no fumbles. As a receiver he made only 14 receptions for 108 yards.
As a sophomore in 2020 he played 6 games. and rushed for a decent 550 yards on 126 carries for a decent 4.4 ypc, with 9 TDs, with 2 fumbles. In the passing game he pulled in a decent 21 receptions for 146 yards.
In 2021 as a junior Jones saw action in 11 games for the Cardinals. He ran for a decent 386 yards on 106 attempts for only 3.6 ypc, with 2 TDs, with 2 fumbles. As a receiver he made a decent 32 receptions for 265 yards.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Jones is elite as a receiver. He runs routes as well as most receivers and has natural hands, snatching the ball away from his body.
- He shows creativity and escapability in space, with good speed once he’s in the open field.
- He finishes runs well and flashes the ability to get small and squeeze through traffic.
- He’s patient in the backfield, willing to wait out his blocking and not panicking, and Jones consistently spots cutback lanes and takes advantage.
- His vision is outstanding, and he has an innate understanding of when to go and when to sit back and wait for blocks to develop. He thrives as a one-cut back
- Jones does a nice job with recognition as a pass protector and gives good effort.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Jones isn’t slow, but Jones lacks the third gear to be a home run threat. His hands are improving but still inconsistent in the passing game.
- He’s shaky in pass protection, capable of making the correct reads but too reliant on cut blocks. When he does stay on his feet, he too often ducks his head and lunges.
- His speed is good, he’s not a burner. Jones doesn’t have ideal size and power for blitz pickup.
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