Jamaal Jones is the 6th prospect in our 2016 “The Guys No One Is Talking About” series. In 2015 he amassed 75 receptions for 1,217 yards and 11 TDs, earning him a spot on the Sporting News 2015 “Fab 50” All-America Team.
Jamaal Jones holds the record for career receiving yards at Montana with 3,021 in three seasons as a Grizzly. He was Montana’s leading receiver in 2015, catching 75 passes for a total of 1,217 yards his senior season: averaging 16.2 yards per catch, and 93.6 yards per game. He scored 11 touchdowns with a long of 74 yards.
Jamaal Jones amassed 184 career catches (3rd most in Montana history) for 3,021 yards. He scored 22 career touchdowns as a Grizzly. Jones started 39/40 games during his career at UM. He was voted 2015 team captain by his teammates… Named 2015 Steve Carlson Offensive Team MVP.
Height|Weight: 6-1 192
Arms: 30 3/8″
40 time: 4.53
Bench Reps: 19
Jamaal Jones has always been very athletic. He played baseball, ran track, was a first team All-South Puget Sound League at wide receiver as a junior and senior at Graham-Kapowsin High School in Spanaway.
He missed his senior season due to an injury. He was listed as the state of Washington’s No. 11 overall recruit by rivals.com as a senior. He was also a standout basketball player earning all-league honors as a junior and sophomore.
College Sporting News 2015 “Fab 50” All-America Team… Associated Press 2015 All-America Second Team… CollegeSportsMadness.com All-America Team… 2015 STATS FCS First Team All-American… First Team All-Big Sky Conference… 2015 Team Captain… 2015 Preseason All-Big Sky Conference Team… 2015 USA College Football Preseason All-American… 2014 All-Big Sky Conference Second Team…
NFL Draft Diamonds recently interviewed Jones. I included some of the highlights.
At your position, what separates you from others?
My route running and ball skills separates me from others. I see a lot of receivers that let the ball get into their body and some that rely on their physical gifts to get open but that’s not the staple of my game.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
I’ll watch DB’s and I’ll look for their tendencies and how patient they are, how fast do they turn their hips, are they physical? I know the more patient a corner is, the more I have to sell a certain direction to get a clean release.
As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?
I feel that I’ll have to show that I can play with anybody in the country because in reality succeeding in the FCS isn’t as credible as succeeding in the FBS.
What is your biggest strength?
Route Running and ball skills.
What is your biggest weakness?
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I am not a liability.
- Jamaal Jones has decent size and length for the position. He has a well toned muscular frame and excellent upper body strength for a WR (19 bench reps). Excellent route runner. Smart player who understands protections. Good pass catcher with soft hands. He doesn’t use his body. Above average ball skills and body control. Never gives up on a play. Good sideline awareness. Physical and will fight for the ball. Good burst coming out of his breaks. Good change of direction skills, plants his foot, shifts gears and gets good separation. Tracks and high points the ball well. QB friendly. Can stop on a dime and run flawless comeback routes. Knows how to bait and deceive DBs. Not afraid to get involved as a run blocker and decent at it. Nose for the endzone and will fight to get there. Strong enough to break tackles. Has the ability to make guys miss in the open field. Versatile: also played RB and CB. High football IQ, Good work ethic, natural leader, team captain, smooth athlete. NFL Comparison: Keenan Allen
- Jamaal Jones lacks elite straight line speed and vertical leaping ability. Lacks ideal height and length. Needs to improve his technique when blocking. Will need to prove he can be as effective against better talent. Will need to expand his route tree at the next level.
Overall Jones is a damn good receiver. He isn’t a speed demon or an athletic freak of nature, but he is a very technically sound football player and as a good a route runner as I have ever seen at the college level. Too many times you see these WRs in college that rely solely on their athletic ability, and struggle with route running and reading defenses. Jamaal Jones is no stranger to the film room and it shows.
I put a 3rd round grade on him because he will need to adjust to the talent level in the NFL. I can’t figure out for the life of me how CBS can grade Jones as 7th round to undrafted and the 38th ranked WR in the draft. . I feel my nerve projecting him in the 5th to 7th round, but players from the Big Sky Conference never get taken seriously. At the end of the day, I had a hard time finding any negatives. I have no reservations about the high 3rd round grade I put on him. In all honesty, technique wise, he is sound enough to be a 1st round pick.
I see Jamaal Jones as a day one improvement over Devin Street. He is a much smarter player and a better route runner than Dez Bryant was coming out of college. Unlike Terrance Williams, he doesn’t have a tendency to let the ball get in to his body. I am not going to let where he played sway what my eyes tell me. I believe he can develop in to a solid WR at the NFL level and that is why I believe he is a perfect candidate for our “The Guys No One Is Talking About” Series.