NFL Draft Profile: Notre Dame WR T.J. Jones

NFL Draft Profile: Notre Dame WR T.J. Jones
April 22, 2014, 8:00 pm
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T.J. Jones (WR), Notre Dame

6'0" | 188 lbs.

2013 stats:

70 catches, 1,108 yards, 9 TDs

Projection:

5th-6th Round

What scouts are saying:

"Athletic, smooth-moving, polished receiver who runs crisp routes, has terrific hands and boasts NFL bloodlines. Balanced skill set, dependability and versatility will be valued at the next level, where he could be a productive No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in a sophisticated passing system. Arrow pointing up." (Nolan Narwocki, NFL.com)
 
"Coordinated athlete with above average footwork and quick cuts. Good focus to secure while always knowing where his feet are. Very good short-area burst with refined routes and excellent timing. Sets up his moves well, gets proper depth and is pesky target to cover. Quick hands to attack the ball and snatch it away from his body." (Dane Brugler, CBS)

Fit for Bears:

While the Bears have good depth at wide receiver, Jones could be an excellent value pick in the late rounds of the draft. He profiles well as a third receiver and has an incredibly high football I.Q. While it was a bit of hyperbole, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly thought Jones showed enough in South Bend to be a first-round pick -- high praise from someone who coached Michael Floyd. It'd be surprising if Jones didn't carve out a career in the NFL, despite his lack of size and elite athleticism. If the Bears do spring for a skill position player late in the draft there may not be many better options than Jones.

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