Draft Profile: Reshad Jones

NAME – Reshad Jones

Position – Strong safety.

College – Georgia.

Status – Red-shirt junior.

Size/Weight – 6-1, 214 pounds.

Important numbers – 4.54 seconds in 40-yard dash, 24 reps on bench press, 39.5-inch vertical jump.

Age – 22.

Honors – First-team All-SEC defense ‘09 … second-team All-SEC defense ‘08.

College career – After a red-shirt season, Jones got on the field in ‘07 and had 57 tackles with 2 interceptions. He was much more active in his next two seasons with nearly 150 total tackles and nine INTs. Jones considered leaving the Bulldogs after the ‘08 season for the NFL, but returned to have a good season in ‘09.

Stats of note – 39 games/27 starts … 206 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss … 11 INTs, 13 passes broken up … 1 forced fumble, 1 recovered fumble … 2 punt returns for 38 yards.

STRENGTHS – Aggressively supports on the run and does a great job in diagnosing running plays and running lanes … has good agility and straight line speed to recover quickly when out of position … Jones is a big hitter, who can bring the lumber.

WEAKNESSES – Sometimes plays so aggressively he gets himself out of position and gets tricked by good play action … goes too often for the kill shot and sometimes misses tackles … is not the best coverage guy, although his skills keep him from getting beaten too often.

THE RIGHT 53? – A tough, hard-nosed player who is known for his toughness and leadership ability.

What he said – “I thought the best decision was to enter the draft this year. I think I’ve matured and grown during my time at Georgia and in addition to being physically ready, I believe I am mentally ready to take this step.”

End game – Upside is big for this young man and he can contribute immediately in run support, while the transition to pass coverage will be a bit tougher. Jones is a late second or early third-round choice.

ON THE CHIEFS LIST? – With his pedigree from the SEC, his aggressive play and his physical skills make him a very possible choice when the Chiefs get to the third round. His upside will attract a lot of teams.

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