- A closer look at the Saints' picks: Round 7/234 -- Marcel Jones, T, 6-6, 320, Nebraska...Is rated as a polished run blocker from his time in the Nebraska offense, but was also a solid pass protector with his footwork and large frame. - The Sports Xchange
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Jones' time at Nebraska was marred by injuries and he has serious durability concerns moving forward. He has the frame to draw interest but injury history and the bad weight he carries, with average strength, he's maintaining a draftable grade only because of his adequate feet and strength to go with his length.
Positives: Passes the eye test -- impressive frame, thick lower half and overall length with 34-inch arms and 10 1/4-inch hands. Has the athleticism and foot quickness to do the job in a short area. Has added 30 pounds of bulk at Nebraska. Improved fundamentals. Very good toughness.
Negatives: Limited the past three seasons by injuries (ankle, back) and wasn't an every-down player in 2011. Carries sloppy weight and isn't an elite athlete. Poor balance with a bad habit of lunging, bending at the waist and spending too much time on the ground. Not overly physical. Raw and has missed significant playing time.