04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Bengals picks: Round 5/166 - Marvin Jones, WR, 6-2, 199, California...Pretty good size and speed, he will also be in the mix for the competition to see who starts opposite Green. COULD SURPRISE: Wide receiver Marvin Jones: Could be another deep threat to complement Green and he could be in the mix to return punts. - The Sports Xchange
Jones had an impressive career at Cal, where his 156 catches for 2,270 yards and 13 touchdowns rank him among the top eight in each category in Bears history.
But his stock rose fast after his final regular season game. First he impressed scouts with eight catches for 88 yards against Texas in the Holiday Bowl. Then he took advantage of a late invitation to the Senior Bowl, where his quickness and route running against top competition was noteworthy.
He also displayed surprising strength for his size when it came to fending off press coverage. Finally he put on a memorable show at the Scouting Combine, where he registered a 40-yard time of 4.46 seconds and 22 reps with 225 pounds on the bench, which explains why he does well hand fighting off the line.
During his career, Jones showed a natural ability to catch everything within reach -- short, long and over the middle. He seemed to improve with each of his last 16 games, leading Cal in receiving for 13 of those contests.
Positives: Jones has great body control in every aspect of his game. He gets off the line with a nice burst and is very fluid in his movements with little wasted steps in his routes. Adjusts in mid air for poor throws and converts many acrobatic catches. Reliable hands with top awareness and concentration.
Negatives: Will have limitations against physical cornerbacks because of his thin frame. If locked at the line, he lacks the upper-body strength to fight off the press with his hands. His vertical speed is not outstanding, and he will rarely make explosive plays after the catch. Questionable home-run speed. Limited technique fighting through blocks.