Zay Jones Scouting Report

Height: 6’2

Weight: 201

Number: 7

College: East Carolina

Position: WR



Arguably has the best hands in this entire draft

Hands catcher, consistently snatches the ball away from his frame

Fearless across the middle

At his best, making catches in traffic

Makes difficult catches look routine

Excels on short routes

Very strong hands

Attacks the ball, he doesn’t wait for it to come to him

Able to exploit zone coverage

Clutch on key downs and situations

Knows how to use his body, shields the defender away from the ball

Tough WR

Good blocker

Outstanding football intelligence

Great character



Struggles against press coverage

Average speed

Lacks suddenness and quickness in and out of his breaks

Not a threat after the catch

Fails to create separation

Won’t stretch the field vertically

Rounds off his routes

Inconsistent burst off the line


Other Notes:

All-time FBS receptions leader

Set the FBS record with 158 catches in a single season

Two-time All-American Athletic Conference selection

His father (Robert Jones) was a three-time Super Bowl winner with the Cowboys

His uncle Jeff Blake played QB in the NFL

Older brother, Cayleb Jones played WR at Texas and Arizona



A record-breaking WR has had a superb postseason so far.  He had an outstanding Senior Bowl week in Mobile.  He also demonstrated his athleticism and 4.45 speed at the Scouting Combine.  Jones has outstanding hands and he makes a living catching the ball in the middle of the field.  Unfortunately, I don’t see that speed on the football field.  He doesn’t create much separation and lacks suddenness out of his breaks.  I believe his upside is limited.  He is a slot receiver at the next level.  He should be a Day 2 pick.  After carefully evaluating his film, I don’t see him becoming a difference maker in the NFL.

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