TJ Jones, WR

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Roswell, GA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 188 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.462.501.54- 339'11"4.276.82

Player Overview

A four-star high school recruit, there was no question that Tai-ler "T.J." Jones, who was born in Winnipeg, Canada, would attend Notre Dame, becoming the first son of a member of Notre Dame's 1988 national championship team to play for the Irish (his father, Andre, died in 2011 after suffering a brain aneurysm at the age of 42).

Jones became a starter as a freshman, showing improvement and producing better numbers each season, finishing strong with career-bests in 2013 (70 catches, 1,108 receiving yards, 9 scores).

He has strong, aggressive hands and attacks the ball at the catch point, selling his routes with coordinated footwork and a veteran presence. Jones lacks ideal size, strength or speed for the NFL game, but is reliable at all levels of the field and there is a place at the next level for him.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Coordinated athlete with above average footwork and quick cuts. Good focus to secure while always knowing where his feet are. Very good short-area burst with refined routes and excellent timing. Sets up his moves well, gets proper depth and is pesky target to cover. Quick hands to attack the ball and snatch it away from his body.

Very good awareness and will make some tough catches look easy. Accurate sense of his surroundings, nice job working back to the ball. Good quickness after the catch to slither past defenders.

Very tough and decisive as a return man and receiver. Took over punt return duties as a senior, averaging 7.6 yards per return. NFL bloodlines as the son of LB Andre Jones (two-year veteran), nephew of DE Philip Daniels (15-year veteran) and godson of WR Raghib Ismail (nine-year veteran).

Productive career, finishing third in school history in career catches (181).

WEAKNESSES: Narrow frame and lacks much bulk or growth potential - very average from a physical standpoint. Good enough speed, but needs to do a better job with his gears to create separation. Not the type of athlete who can win on speed alone.

Usually sure-handed but will look to run before the catch at times. Same occasional issue on returns and probably not a return man at the NFL level. Limited muscle build and comes with some durability concerns and questions if his body will hold up.

COMPARES TO: Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles - Neither is the biggest or fastest, but like Avant, Jones is reliable running routes and catching the football and will carve out a role in the NFL.

--Dane Brugler (2/4/14)

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05/12/2014 - Receiver TJ Jones from Notre Dame, sixth-round pick, said he decided to study television and theatre in college after working a summer job with Shamu, the whale, at SeaWorld. "It's a weird love I've had since I was a kid," he said with a chuckle. "My parents took us when I was in middle school, took us to SeaWorld. For the first time I saw the show I had a weird love for the ocean and aquatic animals. It's weird." - The Sports Xchange


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