Data Scout Notes: 2011: 2ndM/P1stM/PBiletnikoff...2010: HMM
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Jones is a huge, imposing receiver with long arms. A bit high-hipped, Jones does not have elite speed or turning ability and excels at using his frame to shield the ball from defenders. The primary concern for Jones at the next level is his ability to separate from man coverage. Hands and ball skills are good but inconsistent. Jones would best fit in the NFL with a team that already has speed at wideout and is looking for an underneath possession receiver and strong blocker.
Positives: Has the size, length, and strength to defeat press jams. Can make the spectacular catch. Decent open-field runner with some agility and ability to break tackles. Has good top speed and rarely is caught from behind once top speed is achieved. Uses huge frame and long arms to deliver quality, powerful blocks on defensive backs.
Negatives: Comes off the snap high and upright, and doesn't get to top speed quickly. Not sudden or elusive. Inconsistent catching the ball. Overall, his hands could be better with improved consistency and technique. Has difficulty making sharp cuts. Not fast out of breaks, and will round turns. Blocking effort and technique can be inconsistent.
Jones was a second-team All-ACC pick in 2011 after leading the league with 85 receptions and 12 receiving touchdowns. He also totaled 1,196 receiving yards and averaged 92 yards per game. His 85 receptions were the fifth-most in ACC history for a single-season. Jones posted five 100-yard receiving games this season and nine for his career. He finished his career with 2,163 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.
Earned honorable mention All-ACC honors after finishing the season with team highs of 62 receptions and 946 yards ... His 62 receptions tie for the fifth-best single-season mark in school history and his 946 yards are also fifth in school history ...Averaged 72.8 yards per game, good for fourth in the league ... Appeared in all 13 games and made 12 starts ... Had five catches for 51 yards, including a long of 16, in the Music City Bowl win over Tennessee ... Had a career-high 11 catches for 121 yards in the win at Duke, his fourth 100+ yard effort of the season ... Finished with five recep-tions for 54 yards against NC State ... Had a 4-yard catch against Virginia Tech ... Caught eight balls for a career-high 233 yards and a touchdown in the win at Florida State ... His 233 receiving yards were the second-most in a single game in school history ... Had two catches of over 50 yards against the Seminoles, including a 67-yard touchdown ... Finished with nine catches for 107 yards in the win over William & Mary ... Caught four passes for 74 yards at Miami ... Had seven receptions for 198 yards and two touchdowns in the win at Virginia ... Scored an 81-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, just 17 seconds into the game, which was the ninth-longest pass play in school history ... Added a 20-yard touchdown later in the game ... Caught a 4-yard pass against Clemson ... Had three catches for 35 yards and his first career touchdown against East Carolina ... Finished with four receptions for 43 yards at Rutgers ... Caught a 10-yard pass against Georgia Tech ... Had three catches for 12 yards against LSU.
Saw action in seven games and had five catches for 21 yards ... Caught one pass vs. Pitt for a loss of a yard in the Meineke Car Care Bowl ... Had two catches for 15 yards, including a career-best 16-yarder against Duke ... Caught two passes for seven yards against Georgia Southern.
Played against Virginia, NC State and Georgia Tech … Did not have a reception.
Attended Hargrave Military Academy in 2007-08 ... SuperPrep High School All-America ... Parade All-America ... Considered the No. 1 player in North Carolina and the No. 4 wide receiver in the country by Rivals ... Considered the No. 22 player in the country regardless of position by Rivals ... Ranked the No. 1 player in North Carolina and the No. 11 wide receiver in the country by SuperPrep ... Ranked the No. 3 wide receiver in the country by PrepStar ... Member of recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's All-America team ... Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team ... Four-year starter at Cummings, four-time all-conference selection and three-time all-area selection ... Also played defensive back his first two seasons ... Had 112 receptions, 2,315 yards and 20 TDs over the last two seasons, including 67 for 1,396 yards and 12 TDs as a senior to help his team to the state 2-A title ... Caught 45 passes for 919 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior ... Had nine interceptions as a freshman ... Coached by Steve Johnson at Cummings High School and Robert Prunty at Hargrave Military Academy ... Also played basketball and led Cummings to two state titles.
Son of Deborah and Dwight Jones Sr. … Born Jan. 1, 1989.
Draft Scout Player News
06/13/13 - WR Dwight Jones was waived by the Texans from the Did Not Report list.
05/31/12 - WR Dwight Jones, an undrafted free agent from North Carolina, told the coaches he was giving up football before the second week of OTAs.
"I talked to him a couple times," coach Gary Kubiak said. "He had a good college career, and he's a talented young man. It's a grind. It's tough out here. Hopefully, he'll get home and feel a little better about it, and he'll come back and give it another try someday. He's a very good athlete."
03/21/12 - 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
03/21/12 - 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
01/27/12 - 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