2017 NFL Draft

Dwight Jones, WR

School: North Carolina  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Burlington, NC
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 230 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
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03/21/2012 - A couple of hours after his North Carolina teammates wrapped up their pro day at the Tar Heels' practice facility, Dwight Jones sat in a golf cart at East Chapel Hill High's football field, fiddling with his cell phone and waiting for NFL scouts to show up for his personal workout. While 200 students filed into the aluminum bleachers to spend seventh period watching the workout, Jones and his group of agents, family members and friends spent an hour hoping one of the scouts from the UNC pro day would make the 10-minute trip to East Chapel Hill High. Finally, one did - Nick Schiralli, an area scout for the Denver Broncos. With that, Jones' personal pro day could commence. Jones, a mid-round receiver prospect, was banned from UNC's pro day for his involvement in a New Year's Eve party in his hometown of Burlington, N.C. In December, UNC declared Jones ineligible for the Independence Bowl for allowing his name and photo to be used for the party. Fliers for the party, dubbed the "1st Annual Dwight Jones New Years Birthday Celebration," featured $20 bills and promised free admission to the "first 24 ladies" through the door and "24 free shots every hour on the hour." Working with the NCAA, UNC reinstated Jones for the bowl game - a 41-24 loss to Missouri - on the agreement Jones would cancel the party. Jones played in the game, catching six passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. But after the game, the flier was re-posted on Jones' Facebook page and the party was held as planned. Jones said Tuesday he did not attend the party, but was out with friends celebrating his birthday. "My collegiate career was over. I didn't break any rules when I was in school," he said. "I never got in any trouble with arrests or suspensions." - Joseph Person, Bradenton Herald

03/21/2012 - North Carolina Pro Day: An estimated 50 NFL scouts and coaches converged on the North Carolina campus Tuesday to watch the Tar Heels' top draft-eligible prospects compete in their Pro Day. Even before the workout began, however, news began to filter out of Chapel Hill that there would be some surprises. It had been known that the university was going to bar former Tar Heel linebacker Ebele Okakpo from working out Tuesday. Okakpo had been suspended for the entire season and though UNC took some heat for the controversial decision, many supported new head coach Larry Fedora's focus on discipline after the school's reputation was tarnished by numerous suspensions during Butch Davis' watch. Only a few hours before the workout began today, however, word came down that senior wide receiver Dwight Jones would also not be allowed to work out. Unlike Okakpo, Jones had not been suspended in 2011. His eligibility for the 2011AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowlwas put in question after a flyer circulated online advertising a party had his name and picture on it (a big no-no with the NCAA) but he was allowed to participate in the game and played at the Senior Bowl with the familiar blue and white Tar Heel helmet atop his head. Jones participated in the Combine and posted a faster time in the 40-yard dash than many expected (4.55 seconds) but did not participate in the shuttle drills in Indianapolis. To do these drills in front of scouts, his agent will have to coordinate a new Pro Day for him. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/27/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL FALLERS: Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina: With Baylor's Kendall Wright, Notre Dame's Michael Floyd and Wisconsin's Nick Toon pulling out of the Senior Bowl due to injury, the distinction of top senior wideout at the Senior Bowl was expected to go to Dwight Jones out of North Carolina. However, he didn't seize the opportunity and looked extremely ordinary and inconsistent this week. For a player with an imposing frame (6-3, 226 pounds with almost 34-inch arms), Jones struggled to make contested catches in tight windows and was routinely out-muscled by defensive backs who appeared to "want it" more. For a player who won't wow anyone with his speed or quickness, Jones better catch the football if he hopes to make a living at the next level, but he would often fight the ball in practice and showed little of the playmaking ability he flashed at North Carolina. Jones has obvious upside, but after an uninspiring performance this week, scouts are departing Mobile wondering if he's a player who will ever reach his full potential. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/21/2011 - North Carolina receiver Dwight Jones has been reinstated and will play in the Independence Bowl. Interim coach Everett Withers said before practice Wednesday that the NCAA cleared Jones to play Dec. 26 against Missouri in Shreveport, La. The move came one day after the school declared Jones ineligible and applied to the NCAA for reinstatement following a secondary violation in which the senior allowed his name and photo to be used on a flyer promoting a New Year's Eve party at a club in his hometown of Burlington. Jones has apologized for creating a distraction and said he has canceled the party being given by a family member. The school's compliance office sent a cease-and-desist letter to the party promoters. Jones had 79 catches for 1,119 yards and 11 touchdowns. - AP Sports

11/26/2011 - Dwight Jones had three touchdown catches while redshirt freshman Giovani Bernard ran for a season-high 165 yards and a score to help North Carolina beat Duke 37-21 on Saturday. Jones finished with 10 catches for 101 yards to set a school single-season record for receptions, while Bernard had a season-high 30 carries and finished with 222 total yards to lead the Tar Heels (7-5, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference). Bryn Renner also threw for 274 yards and tied a school single-season record for TD passes, helping UNC beat the Blue Devils (3-9, 1-7) for the eighth straight year. North Carolina also capitalized on four turnovers, getting a pair of field goals and Jones' 8-yard scoring catch midway through the fourth quarter following those miscues. Sean Renfree threw a pair of touchdown passes for Duke, though coach David Cutcliffe went with mobile backup Anthony Boone most of the way after Renfree took a hard hit on a 45-yard touchdown throw to Jamison Crowder just before halftime. - AP Sports

11/17/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Dwight Jones came on fast in the second half of last season and has continued the pace. He has 63 receptions, second in the conference, and 913 receiving yards a game (third in the ACC). Eight of his catches have gone for touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

10/05/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: QB Bryn Renner has some gaudy passing statistics (75.7 completion percentage, 1,127 yards, 11 touchdowns) and has a top-flight receiver in senior Dwight Jones (33 catches, 514 yards, six TDs). But where the Heels have made big strides is in their running game. Thanks to redshirt freshman TB Giovani Bernard, they are averaging better than 178 yards a game rushing. Bernard is third in the ACC in rushing (109.6 yards a game). WR Dwight Jones had six catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns last weekend, scoring on plays covering 47 and 4 yards. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: North Carolina QB Bryn Renner is completing passes at a remarkable rate (81.4 percent through three games), and the Tar Heels have unveiled a three-prong rushing attack behind TBs Giovani Bernard, Ryan Houston, and A.J. Blue. A former quarterback, Blue can throw the halfback pass. WR Dwight Jones is one of the ACC's top receivers with 20 catches for 336 yards and four touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

09/12/2011 - ACC WEEK 2 RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Dwight Jones, North Carolina, WR, Sr., 6-4, 225, Burlington, N.C. Senior wide receiver Dwight Jones finished with six catches for 135 yards and a 66-yard touchdown. It was his second 100-yard game in as many weeks and the sixth of his career. - ACC football

09/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Dwight Jones broke out in a big way as a junior last year. He led the team in receptions with 62 for 946 yards after catching only five balls as a sophomore in 2009 and none as a freshman in 2008. - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE TEAM (MEDIA): WR Dwight Jones, North Carolina (26), Senior, has been selected to the 2011 Preseason All-ACC Football team in voting conducted by the media at the annual ACC Football Kickoff. Jones, a native of Burlington, N.C., led the Tar Heels with 62 receptions for 946 yards in 2010. He earned honorable-mention All-ACC honors after finishing fourth in the league with 72.8 receiving yards per game. Jones had four 100-yard receiving games, including a career-best 233 yards in the win at Florida State. - North Carolina football

07/09/2011 - 2011 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Dwight Jones, North Carolina, has been selected one of 75 wide receivers from around the nation named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Biletnikoff Award is named after former Florida State and Oakland Raiders receiver Fred Biletnikoff and goes to the top receiver in college football. Jones, a native of Burlington, N.C., led the Tar Heels with 62 receptions for 946 yards in 2010. He earned honorable-mention All-ACC honors after finishing fourth in the league with 72.8 receiving yards per game. Jones had four 100-yard receiving games, including a career-best 233 yards in the win at Florida State. - North Carolina football

05/10/2011 - STARS OF 2011: WR Dwight Jones - After a slow start to his junior year, Jones had a whirlwind finish and ended up leading the Tar Heels in receptions and receiving yards. His 62 catches were good for 946 yards and four touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

05/10/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: WR Dwight Jones - Jones' decision not to enter the NFL draft was probably a wise move on his part and definitely a plus for the Tar Heels. He led the Heels with 62 recpetions for 946 yards last season. - The Sports Xchange


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