I've been focusing on writing player profiles for in advance of the Combine for NFLDraftScout.com and the upcoming issue of Lindy's NFL Draft Preview. This week I've been working on the safeties and two juniors from the SEC have stood out.
LSU's Chad Jones is an extremely athletic prospect who sources tell me could "shock the world" when he works out. Characterized by some close to the LSU program as the team's best athlete (remember, this team features Trindon Holliday...), scouts feel that he, while a bit unpolished, could ultimately rank as one of the top safeties from this exceptional class. He had became a full-time starter in 2009, but is being characterized by some as big enough to play linebacker and athletic to even see time at cornerback. He's also proven to be quite the pitcher, as this video proves .
His namesake, Georgia's Reshad Jones, is a similarly gifted athlete. An extremely highly touted prep prospect out of the state of Georgia, Jones quickly developed into a standout and unlike his LSU counterpart, leaves having started each of the past three years. Unfortunately, he is most known by some for his missed tackle that led Georgia Tech defeating the Bulldogs two years ago. Since, he's developed into a surer open field tackler and has always demonstrated very good ball skills.
With all of the attention being heaped upon All-Americans Eric Berry, Taylor Mays and Earl Thomas, these two haven't earned the attention from the media that they'll be soon be getting from NFL scouts.