View Full Version : Reshard Jones - New FS For The Dolphins

03-17-2010, 02:09 PM

We’re still roughly a month and a half away from draft day, but it appears that the Dolphins already have their eye on one safety in particular, Georgia (http://georgia.scout.com/)’s Reshad Jones (http://mia.scout.com/a.z?s=62&p=8&c=1&nid=4396480). Scout.com has learned that the Dolphins will take Jones out to dinner on Monday, March 15th, the night before his Pro Day (March 16th), and will host him in Miami for a two-day visit on March 29th and 30th. Jones will not work out for the team during his visit, he will just meet with team personnel.
At 6-foot-1, 214 pounds, Jones decided to leave Georgia after his junior season, a season where he recorded 73 tackles, 4.5 for a loss, and four interceptions. In a draft that’s loaded with safety prospects like Eric Berry (http://mia.scout.com/a.z?s=62&p=8&c=1&nid=4299001) (Tennessee (http://tennessee.scout.com/)), Earl Thomas (http://mia.scout.com/a.z?s=62&p=8&c=1&nid=4225979) (Texas (http://texas.scout.com/)), Taylor Mays (http://mia.scout.com/a.z?s=62&p=8&c=1&nid=4369990) (USC (http://usc.scout.com/)) and Nate Allen (http://mia.scout.com/a.z?s=62&p=8&c=1&nid=4183498) (South Florida (http://southflorida.scout.com/)), Jones will be overlooked because of the depth at the position.
Last month at the Scouting Combine, Jones had a tremendous workout where he ran a 4.54 in the 40, benched 225 pounds 24 times and recorded a 39.5-inch vertical. Even though he looked a little stiff during drills, Jones’ size and playmaking ability will be attractive to many teams. Jones is currently Scout.com’s 8th rated safety, and he presents great value to a team that holds an early-to-mid third round draft pick. The Dolphins own an early third round pick (73rd overall), and there’s a strong chance that Jones will still be on the board when they’re on the clock.

03-17-2010, 02:14 PM
I like the sound of this guy. Will have to watch some game tapes of him to get a better idea but his combine numbers are promising.

03-17-2010, 02:15 PM
i believe someone had already posted this

03-17-2010, 02:17 PM
Never heard of him. Anyone know anything about him?

03-17-2010, 02:35 PM
If he's there in the 6th, why not?

But, I'm not a big fan. Also, we're holding a private workout for E. Thomas. So, should your post read, "Say hello to our new FS's"?

03-17-2010, 02:37 PM
I hope he ends up in miami

03-17-2010, 03:30 PM
Maybe the Thomas move is to get a team to move above us to grab hi
and leave the fins real target on the board. Who knows. All I know is that our personnel is extremely close to the chest pre draft. So basically all info that comes out is basically all bull****. And smokescreens.

In other words I'll be putting my 1st round mock up on Friday the 23. Wit 2 and 2 to follow Saturday. Etc.

03-17-2010, 04:10 PM
didn't catch a lot of reshard but what i saw of jones made me believe is better suited at strong safety.

03-17-2010, 05:53 PM
Well isn't this just great. Another STIFF safety who thinks he's a linebacker instead of a defensive back.. who can't cover and is just an in-the-box strong safety who's better against the run than in pass coverage. And needs to be in a cover 2 to hide his lack of coverage skills.

Just what we need!! :rolleyes2:


Agility/Hips: Can turn and run well. Short steps allow him to turn north south with balance and quickness. Does not change direction well when moving laterally. Struggles cut with a receiver in man coverage.

Ball Skills: Drops a lot of easy interceptions. Has developed nice timing in jumping throws and can break up a lot of passes, but does not end up with sure-thing interceptions. Lets the ball get in to his body, does not follow the ball in to his hands.

Body Control: Maintains balance downfield in coverage. Will lose his feet when trying to stick with a receiver underneath. Does a nice job of leaping for jump balls, gathers his weight and gets the most out of his jump.

Instincts/Recognition: Plays the run better than most linebackers in terms of diagnosing running lanes and attack the line of scrimmage. Reads his keys effectively and is rarely caught out of position. Does not do well in single high coverage, late to read the quarterback’s intended receiver.

Pass Coverage: Has plenty of experience in man coverage. High in his back pedal and does not explode in breaks against crossing routes. Does not have the range to play a single high Cover 1 role, but can be trusted as a Cover 2 safety. Anticipates routes and lanes well.

Pursuit: Outstanding pursuit. Consistently takes the proper angles to meet the ball carrier at the point where he can deliver a blow. Is rarely caught out of position against the run. Uses his length to ensure ball carries will not get by him when pursuing laterally.

Run Support: The best part of Jones’ game. He is comfortable as the eighth man in the box and has enough size and strength to handle the physical part of the game in traffic. Plays downhill with aggression. Sure tackler that can take down a ball carrier by himself.

Speed: Does not have elite speed downfield, can be beat deep. Has the long strides to aid him with recovery, but his lack of top end speed can be exploited against the faster receivers.

Tackling: Sure tackler that can be depended upon as the last line of defense with confidence. Shows proper technique and makes the effort to wrap up and drive the ball carrier through the ground. Has had more than his fair share of bone-jarring hits. Will make receivers think twice about going over the middle. Really lays the wood and consistently knocks the ball carrier backward.

Final Word: Jones is a safety that is NFL ready from the physical point of view. He plays with the kind of downhill aggression that every team wants in an enforcer over the middle. He is a guy that always find himself in or near the action, getting in on a lot of turnovers and big plays. He is not the kind of safety that can be trusted with a lot of coverage responsibility but his length and instincts will be enough to get him in the every down defense early in his career. If he can be put in to a system that allows him to play downhill and in man coverage against tight ends, Jones will thrive. He is of the 2nd round type that teams will look to as the kind of high reward pick in terms of immediate payback

03-17-2010, 06:17 PM
As I stated before in a previous thread on the guy, he is a liability in man coverage. He possesses the traits of a SS, but if you want someone to roam the backfield, this not the guy I would select.