Nebraska Cornhuskers offensive tackle Marcel Jones is a tall prospect who could possibly develop into a left tackle after some development. In the immediate future, Jones would fit nicely on the right side. He lacks ideal strength and will need time to blossom into the position. That said, all the potential is there for him to become a starter-level player in the NFL.
Jones is a good run blocker. Given his great size and length, he can dominate at the point of attack even without great strength. When opening his stance off the snap, he struggles most against speed rushers. His girth helps him eat up bull rushes with a decent body lean. The problem comes in having to change direction and consistently get off the line with velocity.
Once coaches really start to work with him, they're going to want to tweak his footwork so he keeps his frame along his center of gravity. Jones has a tendency to lean rather than keep his feet under him. Since he's only ready to play right tackle, it's unlikely he is drafted in the first couple rounds.
Graduated in the top five percent of his high school class. Also played basketball as an Arizona prep, although he missed his junior football season because of injury. Redshirted in 2007. Appeared in all 13 games in ’08, drawing one start. Started the first 11 games at right tackle in ’09 before a right ankle sprain sidelined him the final three contests. Sciatic nerve pain kept him off the field the first 10 games in ’10 before he returned to split time at right tackle with D.J. Jones. In ’11, missed the first four games with a shin injury but returned to start the remaining nine games at right tackle.
Has stature to block out the sun — big-boned with long arms and a giant wingspan. Has a sturdy base to anchor and thwart a charge. Nice bend and balance. Surprisingly quick out of his stance with a smooth kick slide. As a junior showed he could run Denver Broncos 2011 No. 2 overall pick Von Miller wide of the pocket. Latches on and controls smaller rushers. Has sheer mass and strength to shut down the inside rush. Strong down blocker. Can work his hips around and seal. Able to climb to the second level and pick off linebackers. Good character.
Is tall and can be outleveraged when he lets his pads rise. Heavy-legged and thick-hipped. Struggles to adjust in space. Does not use his hands violently to punch — feels for contact and is not a mauler. Bench-pressed 225 pounds only 13 times at the Combine, the lowest of all offensive linemen. Can do a better job gaining extension and using length to his advantage. Could stand to improve his ability to sustain and finish more consistently. Does not breathe fire. Back stability needs to be examined and long-term durability is concerning.
A giant, relatively inexperienced protector with intriguing athletic ability and flexibility, Jones has starter-caliber tools and developmental potential for an effective position coach to mold. Can appeal to teams such as the Cowboys and Cardinals if he checks out medically.
This post was edited on 4/28 at 5:47 pm