Scouting Reports – 2012

Dwight Jones scouting report

Dwight Jones WR North Carolina #83
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 207

Strengths:
Ideal height and good overall bulk. Has the strength to easily fight through press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Decent speed for his size. Does a nice job using his body to shield himself from defenders. Shows good hands when he remembers to catch the ball away from his body. Adjusts to poorly thrown balls; has bailed his quarterback out on multiple occasions. A tough runner with the football; looks to make plays after the catch and is willing and able to take a hit and keep moving. Experienced lining up wide and in slot. Runs a lot of short curl routes where he’s essentially used like a tight end, taking advantage of his size and ability to shield defenders.
Weaknesses:
Traps the ball against his body too often and it has led to some drops; needs to use his hands more. Leaping ability is mediocre, which takes away from his height advantage to an extent. Still developing as a route runner; needs to improve in this area to make up for lack of breakaway speed. Had knee surgery in 2009 and appeared in just five games that season.
Comments:
As a tall, physical, possession receiver from UNC, comparisons to Hakeem Nicks are inevitable. However, Jones lacks Nicks’ exceptional hands which have been key to his success in the NFL. Jones has the potential to be a No. 1 receiver at the next level, however, he is not a finished product. He’ll need to improve upon his fundamentals – fine-tuning his route running, catching more with his hands – before he’ll excel in the NFL. There’s a lot to like about Jones, but he’s far from a sure thing.
Videos:
2011 vs Virginia Tech
2011 vs Louisville
2011 vs Georgia Tech 
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 Leave a comment