Draft Profile: BioNaijee Jones attended Timber Creek High School and was rated a 3-star prospect by 247 Sports with a scout's rating of 0.823, going unranked by ESPN. Following high school, Jones opted to join Rutgers.
In 2019 as a freshman Jones saw action in 4 games and played a total of 36 snaps at safety for the Scarlet Knights. He recorded just 2 tackles, no assists, while adding no stops. In coverage Jones notched up no pass breakups, no interceptions, and an elite QB rating when targetted of .0.
As a sophomore in 2020 he played in 6 games and logged 248 snaps for the Scarlet Knights. He made 25 tackles, 4 assists, and had 5 stops. In coverage he totaled 2 pass breakups, one interception, and an elite QB rating when targetted of 37.5.
In 2021 as a junior Jones played in 4 games and contributed on 107 snaps. He chalked up only 3 tackles, one assist, and added 2 stops. In the secondary Jones forced one pass breakup, no interceptions, and gave up a solid QB rating when targetted of 87.5.
After season's end Jones transferred to Kent State where as a senior for the Golden Flashes in 2022 Jones played in 4 games and took part in 130 snaps for the Golden Flashes. He logged 13 tackles, 4 assists, and made 8 stops. In coverage Jones had one pass breakup, no interceptions, and surrendered a very good QB rating when targetted of 71.9.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Very aggressive attacking receiver blocks and tackles like a safety.
- Strong hands to make plays on the ball, effective blitzer who shows well-coached technique and awareness.
- In the run game, he’s aggressive coming downhill and a sure tackler.
- Does a good job getting his head around in time when playing with his back to the line of scrimmage. Has the ability to cover quickness underneath.
- Instinctive, adept at reading routes and anticipating throws, and strong in zone coverage.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Has poor recognition skills when facing the action in zone coverage.
- Willing but not threatening tackler. Doesn't have the quick-twitch reaction when Jones gears down to rebuild to top speed. More instinctive than explosive.
- The majority of the time last season, he was able to physically overwhelm opposing receivers early in the down, a scenario that won’t play out as often against NFL receivers.
- Inconsistent getting off of blocks. Can be a step slow to react when a quarterback comes back to his side of the field late in progression.
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