Let's continue our series of 2013 NFL Draft prospect profiles today with a look at an intriguing player from Alabama who has experience playing multiple positions along the offensive line -- Barrett Jones. The 6-foot-5, 306-pound Jones is the second-ranked center in the 2013 NFL Draft class. and carries a second- or third-round grade.
Jones played all five offensive line positions during his four seasons at Alabama. While he may not be able to play them all at the NFL level he does bring versatility. NFL.com says Jones is likely to start "at guard or center for the next decade in the NFL." Considered an intelligent, high-character guy.
Not an elite athlete, according to most reports. Not a mauler. Best suited to stay inside, not play at either tackle spot.
Does He Fit With The Giants?
Sure he does. If the Giants look elsewhere in the first round Jones is a guy they could grab in the second round, or third if he falls that far, who could back up at the three interior spots in 2013 and be plugged in as a starter in 2014. The Giants need to continue to refurbish the offensive line with young talent, and they love players with positional flexibility. Jones fits the mold.
Big Board Rankings
National Football Post-113th
Sports Illustrated-Outside top 40
Big Blue View Board-34th
Jones seems like a great fit for the Giants. They generally don't draft the huge mauler types. They go for guys who can pull, trap and play multiple positions.