2017 NFL Draft

Marvin Jones, WR

School: California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Etiwanda, CA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 199 lbs.
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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

04/23/2012 - Armed with all the measureables to be picked in the first three or four rounds of the NFL draft, former Cal receiver Marvin Jones believes he also benefits from a coveted intangible quality. "I'm somebody that's stable and I have my head screwed on right," Jones said. "I'm all about business when it comes to education or being a leader or playing football. I'm never going to be somebody who will hinder a program. I'm going to lift up a program." Cal coach Jeff Tedford agrees. "Character is a big thing in the NFL," Tedford said. "When they interview him, they're going to see what kind of quality guy he is." Jones believes it's his body of work -- even beyond his Cal career totals of 156 receptions for 2,270 yards and 13 touchdowns -- that has elevated his draft stock from last fall, when one scouting service ranked him no better than the 39th draft-eligible receiver. He believes the way he's lived his life will count for something. "Obviously, there's that perception that if you're a wideout you're a prima donna or a knucklehead. There's some people who are," Jones said. "Especially in this day and age, they're leaning more toward guys who are stable, who proven they are leaders. They want smart guys. "I've been this guy my whole life. There wasn't one time you've seen me in a negative light." - Jeff Faraudo, Contra Costa Times

04/09/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP WIDE RECEIVERS: Marvin Jones, California, 6-2, 199...Jones had an impressive run at Cal, where his 156 catches for 2,270 yards and 13 touchdowns rank him among the top eight in each category for a career. 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 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 final 16 games, leading Cal in receiving for 13 of those contests. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/27/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL RISERS: Marvin Jones, WR, California: A late addition to the Senior Bowl roster, Jones certainly made the most of his unexpected opportunity, standing out as the top wideout on the North squad. He used his combination of short-area burst and footwork to separate from defensive backs in one-on-one drills, looking precise as a route runner. Jones looks maxed out in terms of bulk on his narrow frame, but he had a better than expected weigh-in at 6-2, 198 pounds with 10-inch hands. He got himself in trouble when he tried to get physical with defensive backs in coverage, but he looks like an intriuging slot player who could excel in space. At Cal, Jones played second fiddle at wideout opposite sophomore first-team All-Pac-12 performer Keenan Allen. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/23/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL MONDAY: Like QB Kirk Cousins, Marvin Jones entered the Senior Bowl with significantly less hype than others at his position. Jones, who measured in at a shade under 6-2 and 200 pounds during the morning weigh-ins, was quick off the snap, displayed burst out of his breaks to gain separation and the speed to slip past cornerbacks for big plays. He caught everything thrown his way, showing the hand strength to gather in passes thrown slightly off-target as well as the vision to track deep balls over his shoulder. Jones wasn't the only wideout to make eye-popping plays on the day, but he was the most consistent. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/28/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Marvin Jones was overshadowed a bit by Keenan Allen, but no one has made more spectacular catches along the sidelines than Jones, who has caught at least one pass in 37 straight games. In the bowl game, his chief contribution may be as a punt returner. If he can break off one or two big ones to give Cal good field position against Baylor, it may make the difference. - The Sports Xchange

10/13/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: USC at Cal, Oct. 13 Cal is 3-2 after a 48-15 loss to Oregon, and USC is 4-1 after a 48-41 victory over Arizona on Oct. 1. USC has won seven straight against Cal, although the Trojans' 2005 victory was vacated by NCAA penalty. Cal has lost its last two games against USC by a combined margin of 61 points. USC has played Cal 98 times, more than it has played any other school. KEYS TO THE GAME: Cal's defense must apply pressure to USC QB Matt Barkley, something it could not do last season against the Trojans, when the Bears recorded only one sack. The Bears have a decent pass rush, having recorded 14 sacks, and they must force Barkley into some mistakes, or at least prevent him from getting into a rhythm. Barkley is a classic drop-back passer who sits in the pocket unlike Washington's Keith Price and Oregon's Darron Thomas, who effectively moved around to buy time and find receivers. Although Barkley is not known as a scrambler, USC has yielded just four sacks this season, and if Barkley is allowed to get comfortable, he will eat up the Bears' secondary. Cal has no one in its secondary who can handle USC WR Robert Woods, so the Bears will have to provide help to keep him under control, making the pass rush even more important to cover the defensive holes that will leave. - The Sports Xchange

10/06/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Cal at Oregon, Oct. 6 - Cal is 3-1 after a 31-23 loss to Washington, and Oregon is 3-1 after a 56-31 victory over Arizona, its third consecutive game of scoring more than 55 points. Oregon has won 18 straight home games. KEYS TO THE GAME: Cal must do a lot of things right to stay in the game, but it starts with controlling LaMichael James and getting a pass rush on QB Darron Thomas. The Bears did an excellent job in both respects last season, and if they can come close to matching that effort, they can stay close. Getting a pass rush on Thomas will not be easy, though, because Oregon has yielded only one sack in its four games, to lead in the nation. If Cal can pound Oregon with its running game and control the ball for long periods, that should help keep the score down, which benefits the Bears. Oregon's run defense has not been very good, so if Isi Sofele can have a big day, which is certainly possible, Cal might have a chance. QB Zach Maynard can't commit any turnovers, because Cal has to make it as difficult as possible for the Ducks to score points. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Marvin Jones made a few acrobatic catches against Washington, and he should have some opportunities to make plays against Oregon's defense. - The Sports Xchange

09/23/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Cal is averaging 45.0 points, which ranks 11th in the country. Although that number is skewed by the 63 Cal scored against outmanned Presbyterian, the Golden Bears have been able to move the ball pretty well. QB Zach Maynard has played well in pressure situations, although his overall statistics are mediocre. The Bears are developing a balanced tailback situation, with shifty Isi Sofele handling most of the running chores, and powerful C.J. Anderson coming in when the Bears need some tough inside yardage near the goal line. Freshman TB Brendan Bigelow was impressive in his debut against Presbyterian and could provide the offense with game-breaking speed. Whether he knows the offense well enough to contribute - or even play - against Pac-12 competition remains to be seen. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Marvin Jones had his second 100-yard receiving game of the season against Presbyterian, and he is becoming a major weapon. - The Sports Xchange

09/23/2011 - WR Marvin Jones had seven catches for 123 receiving yards - his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and the sixth of his career. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Marvin Jones showed elusiveness in the opener that he did not display last season. Although fellow wide receiver Keenan Allen gets much of the attention, Jones has been the more consistent receiver. You can almost count on him getting close to 80 to 100 yards receiving. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - WR Marvin Jones needs one more catch to give him 100 for his career. He has 12 career touchdown receptions, and one more would move him into a tie for eighth on Cal's all-time list. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - Senior WR Marvin Jones wears No. 1, but when he returns punts, he slips on a jersey that has No. 49, which caused some identification problems in the opener. He switches numbers because CB Steve Williams also wears No. 1, and two players can't have the same number simultaneously. As a punt returner, Jones is technically a defensive player. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2011 - Playing in this city will take some getting used to. So will everything else for California this year. In what will be a season filled with changes, the most noticeable one for the Golden Bears will be moving across the bay from Berkeley to play at the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park while Memorial Stadium is renovated. There's a new offensive coordinator. New quarterback. Even coach Jeff Tedford is switching things up by taking a more active role calling plays. "We also have a new theme going around that we do everything together, everything is team oriented," receiver Marvin Jones said. "So when we work out, we have shirts that say `Team Matters' across the chest, and nobody can take the shirt off no matter if you're hot. Just basically changing the culture of how the team is." After going 5-7 and missing a bowl game for the first time since his initial season in 2002, Tedford isn't relying on the same old schemes. He revamped the workout schedule, moved to a more spread-friendly system for new quarterback Zach Maynard and hired offensive coordinator Jim Michalczik - the offensive line coach for the Oakland Raiders last season and a previous Cal assistant - as part of his program overhaul. "We have created a standard and expectation at Cal over the last nine years. Last season, we fell short of that, and we're not hiding from that," Tedford said. - AP Sports

07/09/2011 - 2011 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Marvin Jones, California, 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 was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection in 2010 after leading Cal in both receptions (50) and receiving yards (765). He also paced the club with a 15.3 yards per catch average and his four touchdown catches ranked second to Allen. Jones ranked among Pac-10 and NCAA leaders in per-game numbers for both receiving yards (63.75, No. 6 Pac-10, No. 67 NCAA) and receptions (4.17, No. 11 Pac-10, No. 92-T NCAA). - Cal football


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