2024 5th round pick #162 is Christian Jones T

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By Lance Zierlein
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Round 5

Overview​

Right tackle prospect with athletic limitations that are sometimes covered up by his strength and length. Jones has good lean mass and a proportional frame. While the body composition is a plus, a lack of flexibility and agility works against him. He can maul and brawl what is in front of him, but meeting movement with body control and foot quickness is much tougher for him. He's a consistent waist-bender, which will make him a target for some edge defenders, but his physical attributes give him a chance to stick around.

Strengths​

  • Well-built and proportional, with outstanding wingspan and huge hands.
  • Uses length and power to corral and stabilize his block.
  • Finds a suitable rush anchor despite his lack of hip bend.
  • Effective use of size to wall off defenders as run blocker.
  • Adequate hand accuracy getting into his block fits.
  • Plays big and with some malice when he gets hands into defenders.

Weaknesses​

  • Needs to play with more punch-ready inside hands in protection.
  • Tendency to waist-bend into initial contact will get him countered in the NFL.
  • Lacks footwork and foot quickness to stay mirrored against quicker rushers.
  • Plays with tight lower body and limited lateral agility in space.
  • Drive blocks from linear base, causing him to miss or fall off his block.
  • Athletic limitations lead him to him grab and hug when getting behind in the block.
 
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HEIGHT: 6'5"
WEIGHT: 318
HAND: 10 3/8"
ARM: 34 7/8"
WINGSPAN: 83 3/8"

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POSITIVES
— Stiff, jolting strikes with big hands and very good length.
— Firm, stout anchor to grind down and quickly dissipate the bull rush.
— Good upper-body strength with heavy hands to displace and feed as the drive man on double-teams.
— Ties up and secures defenders on down blocks and at the second level once latched.
— Adept at sorting through and handling basic line games and stunts with clear eyes and decision-making skills.

NEGATIVES
— Choppy, heavy feet with marginal lateral quickness and redirect ability.

— Susceptible to drifting and oversetting against speed off the edge, opening the door for inside counters.
— Doesn't adjust his aiming points quickly enough and gets edged against post-snap movement, gap exchanges and slanting.
 

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I have a higher opinion of this kid than I do Adams. Was a soccer player until his junior year in high school. That's a sport good for footwork. Played and started on both sides at Texas, which is not easy to do.
 

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Yeah not sure why he fell this far. Some had him round 2 but was 117 on the consensus board.

Good pick in the 6th. Time for him to develop with no immediate need at T.
He's a fifth round pick but that doesn't change your point
 

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It's all football soap opera. The fact that he had a second round grade from some and just went in the fifth, demonstrates how silly all of this is.

I'm just happy to see the Cardinals add some talent.
I guess Daniel Jeremiah was right. Teams have a clear top 40 and everything else ranges from 2nd to 6th round.
 

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