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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: EDGE Kobe Jones

  • The Draft Network
  • February 1, 2021
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PROSPECT SUMMARY – KOBE JONES

Kobe Jones is a rusher who received his chance to start during the final season of his career. Appearing in 49 career games (12 starts), he has plenty of experience in the toughest conference in the country. With lots of explosiveness and bend, he has the potential to become a situational designated pass rusher as he continues to develop as a run defender. Up until that point, he could need time on the practice squad as he continues to gain strength and add weight onto his frame.  

Ideal Role: Stand-up OLB in 3-4 defensive front.

Scheme Fit: 3-4 OLB.

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Jordan Reid

Games watched: Ole Miss (2020), LSU (2020), Alabama (2020), Arkansas (2020), Georgia (2020)

Best Game Studied: Alabama (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Georgia (2020)

First-Step Explosiveness: Off of the initial portions of the snap, Jones is able to fire up the field quickly. Playing from both a three-point stance and stand-up positioning, he seems to be more comfortable when his hand isn’t in the dirt. Able to come up the field quickly, he can crowd the upfield hip of offensive tackles in a hurry.  

Flexibility: Even though he hasn’t shown it as consistently as evaluators would have liked throughout his career, Jones has above-average flexibility throughout his body. Containing a lanky frame, he’s able to contort and bend it into awkward positions that help him avoid initial hand strikes from blockers. Having a comfortable up and under move, that’s one that’s been successful for him even if not getting all the way on blockers. 

Hand Counters: It’s been a bit of a trial and error period as far as which counter move that he likes to utilize as his primary one. This is a reason why he’s failed to show that he consistently can counter the plan As of pass protectors. Jones will experiment with various moves, which results in his frame getting blocked cleaner than he would have liked during certain concepts. At Tropical Bowl practices, it was noticeable that he still was searching for counter moves that could consistently become effective for him over the long haul.

Length: A frame that’s a bit slender and leggy combined with a thin torso, Jones possesses average length and mass at the position. Able to put it to use often, Jones has a good understanding of how to use his limbs effectively. Jones may be best suited as a DPR (designated pass rusher) role on the next level as a result.

Hand Power: More evident as a pass rusher compared to a run defender, Jones has some power in his hands, but it isn’t the type of force that will snap the head of offensive tackles. He’s able to extend and keep his high hand on the outside shoulder of blockers, but it isn’t the type of raw strength that can overwhelm them at the engagement point. 

Run Defending: Still working to improve his strength overall at the point of attack, his lower half limits just how much he can stand his ground at the point of attack. Jones doesn’t shy away from physicality at the point of attack, but his lack of density overall limits his effectiveness in certain spots. 

Effort/Motor: It doesn’t take long for Jones to make his presence felt. A room temperature riser, he is an extrovert that has a loud voice in any type of situation. Displaying plenty of leadership qualities, he’s a prospect that brings lots of life to practice and game environments. That type of chirping carries over into his play as he’s full of energy throughout contests.  

Football IQ: Ensuring that his voice was heard, he’s effective with communicating to his surroundings of the tendencies that he notices. Tight end alignments, backfield shifts, and many other aspects are areas that hardly ever go unnoticed by him.   

Lateral Mobility: Jones is adamant about keeping his shoulder square at the line. This ensures that he can fall back into plays if they are running away from his side. When they are performed away from him, his ability to turn and run to those areas is evident. Easy speed to catch up from the backside, he has the range and acceleration necessary to reappear back into plays.

Versatility: Jones has experience playing from all types of platforms including from a two-point and three-point stance, but he seems the most comfortable when able to stand up and rush the passer. Also with experience dropping in coverage, he has a lot of the capabilities of a 3-4 outside linebacker. 

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Jordan Reid: 68/100

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