Jaylon Jones 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Five-star recruit
- Under Armor All-American
- Scheme tendencies: Zone with some man
- 2022 projected role: Starting CB
Pros: Jaylon Jones is a tall and long corner with good overall size that embraces a physical brand of football. For a bigger corner, he plays to that size with how he competes to get off blocks, tackle, and defend the run. He is aggressive to invade the catch point and showcases good ball skills. His blend of size, length, physicality, and ball skills projects him well to playing in a zone defense. Jones is a highly-touted recruit that has gained notable experience against top competition already across his first two seasons at Texas A&M. For a bigger corner, Jones is an explosive athlete that isn’t lacking anything physically. Jones has excellent length and it shows in his ability to tackle outside his frame and how he uses it to close on the football in the air. Jones is a young prospect that turns 21 in April of 2023.
Cons: Jaylon Jones projects best to a zone-heavy coverage scheme, but I do want to see him play with more confident instincts in zone and squeeze routes even tighter. He’s more reactive than anticipatory. Jones does have some tightness in his hips, so his transitions can be a touch segmented. He struggles to stay leveraged through his transitions which can elongate the time it takes him to come out of his pedal. Jones is a gifted player that is building an impressive resume but there is still room for upward progression and for the light bulb to fully come on to deliver an even greater impact. He needs to demonstrate that growth to maximize his draft stock.
Jaylon Jones NFL Draft Scouting Report by Joe Marino