Drafted: ROUND: 1 - Pick Number: 14 (PIT)
Draft Profile: BioBroderick Jones from Lithonia High School was rated a 5-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 5-star grade by 247 Sports. He was a two-sport athlete at high school and on the varsity basketball team, helping lead them to the Class 5A Final Four with a 21-10 record (10-3 in Region 5) as a junior - he also earned the Metro Atlanta Montlick & Associates Athlete of the Week in November 2019.
Following high school and a massive recruitment drive, Jones opted to join Georgia.
In 2020 as a freshman Jones saw action in just 2 games and played a total of 25 snaps for the Bulldogs.
As a sophomore in 2021 he played in 11 games and a total of 434 snaps. He conceded 5 QB hurries, one QB hit, and 2 sacks while playing most of his snaps at left tackle.
In 2022 as a junior Jones saw action in 13 games and totaled 805 snaps. He gave up 8 QB hurries, just one QB hit and allowed no sacks while playing at left tackle.
Honors & awards
- 2022: Associated Press All-SEC First-Team selection
- 2021: Coaches’ Freshman All-SEC Team
- 2020: Saw his first collegiate action at right tackle in a fourth-quarter drive at South Carolina...also played as a reserve in a win at Missouri.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Has strong arms and a powerful grip, and Jones displays the core strength and leg drive that allows him to create movement at the line of scrimmage.
- An agile mover who puts his length to good use, using his hands aggressively and landing solid initial punches. Jones can move to the second level as a run blocker, with the coordination and balance to hit moving targets.
- Cerebral player, quick to react to twists and stunts up front, and he shows an excellent understanding of angles when moving out as a run blocker.
- Shows a good feel for combo blocks, and he displays good quickness and flexibility when moving to the second level, capable of sealing the back side on reach blocks
- In the run game, he explodes off the line of scrimmage and consistently gets out to the second level to do damage.
- Possess great grip strength and keeps the grip even when imbalanced
- Crazy speed for a tackle - has the skills developed from a basketball background to split out and play tight end
- Outstanding Hand/Grip Strength - enables him to be an elite pass protector
- Didn't allow a single sack at left tackle in all of 2022
- Physical and Finisher Mentality
- He's super strong as you would expect for a five-star recruit - able to rag doll defeenders
- Smart players with elite spacially awareness
- Ability to Act as a Bumper if Left Uncovered
- Punishes Interior Defensive Linemen
- Elite Core Strength
- Uses momentum to fuel violent rotations
- High-level flexibility to quickly swivel
- Able to match edge rusher's direction changes and quickly stop them in their tracks
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Has the traits to improve, but Jones gets impatient in his set, lunging and reaching, and generally playing with poor balance at times. Jones is inconsistent with his kick slide.
- Needs to work on his technique in pass protection, using more consistent leverage and continuing to move his feet.
- As an outside chance to stick at left tackle, but he might actually fit better on the right side or kicking in to a guard spot.
- Stops his feet after initial contact, relying on length but allowing the defender to get the corner or spin inside.
- Only 22 starts in his entire college career
- Does not protect his chest and core, leading to inefficient balance
- Leans and bends at the waist, causing balance issues
- Technique is not as polished - looks raw
- Gets overaggressive at times
- Struggles to maintain leverage through and across reps - lacks some drive as a run blocker - much better in pass protection
- Too tall off the snap making enabling the defender to win the leverage battle
- Needs to bend his knees more - too upright at contact
Scouting Report: SummaryBroderick Jones is probably the best athlete in the entire offensive line class, he's very strong, has elite core strength, cat-like quickness, and has the speed of a tight end. His upside is huge as a pass blocker, however, he isn't nearly as good as a run blocker where he has struggled a little. This is most likely due to the fact that he hasn't played as much as you would like and as a result looks a little raw technically.
Overall Jones is a top-level prospect with serious potential to be a dominant pro player - he'll be a first-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft.
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