Barrett Jones (OG/C), Alabama
6-4 | 306 lbs.
Jones is quite possibly the most versatile offensive lineman in college football history. His ability to play guard, center and tackle is something very few players offer. While he could provide depth at the tackle position throughout his career, Jones will most likely earn his living as a guard or center in the NFL. He is a very intelligent player who takes pride in knowing the jobs of every player on the line.
While Jones does a good job protecting the pocket on passing plays and maintains his run blocks, it’s his inability to make blocks in the second level and on the edge when things break down that are problematic. Has a variety of injuries that have occurred throughout his time at Alabama, but to his credit he has always recovered well. NFL scouts are interested to see how long it will take Jones to recover from his latest injury, a Lisfranc injury to his foot, which he suffered during the SEC Championship game.
Fit for the Bears:
The Bears could certainly benefit from a player who offers the versatility on the interior of the offensive line like Jones can. Starting center Roberto Garza, who turns 34 in March, is entering his 13th season. While Garza has been one of the most durable players in the entire league, missing only two games in the previous seven seasons, his best years are most likely not in front of him. Jones would be a great addition if the Bears were able to land him in the second round or possibly work a trade if he is somehow still on the board early in the third round. Jones could provide much-needed help at guard this season, especially considering no one knows who is starting on either side of Garza. He could then eventually grow into the starting center role when Garza’s time is over.