Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 4/113 - Barrett Jones, C/G, 6-4, 306, Alabama...Everything you want in an offensive lineman. Physical and tough, plays through injuries and is so smart, he often helped with the game plan analyzing defenses with the coaches. Started 50 games at three different positions. - The Sports Xchange
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07/30/14 - C Barrett Jones has been alternating days with Tim Barnes working with the first unit because Scott Wells isn't practicing. In four practices of camp, each has worked with the starters for two days.
12/11/13 - C Barrett Jones was believed to have not played Sunday in his first NFL game active. However, the tape revealed Jones played one snap on special teams.
12/09/13 - C Barrett Jones, the Rams' fourth-round draft pick, was active for his first NFL game against Arizona, but did not play. With C Scott Wells out with a fractured fibula and Tim Barnes starting, Jones was the backup center.
07/31/13 - C/G Barrett Jones opened training camp on the non-football injury list because of a foot injury suffered in the SEC Championship Game for Alabama. He passed his physical Sunday, and had significant reps at center with the second and third units Monday.
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 4/113 - Barrett Jones, C/G, 6-4, 306, Alabama...Everything you want in an offensive lineman. Physical and tough, plays through injuries and is so smart, he often helped with the game plan analyzing defenses with the coaches. Started 50 games at three different positions. - The Sports Xchange
04/24/13 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: C: Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-5, 306, 5.40 (est.)...Forget the fact that Jones is still recovering from Lisfranc surgery. Forget the greater raw athleticism other linemen have demonstrated in workouts. Instead, remember that Jones has been a dominant performer at center, right guard and center against SEC competition. In football, the most important thing a player can bring is dependability. No player in this draft proved more reliable than Jones. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/24/13 - 2013 Alabama Pro Day: Representatives from 32 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Alabama on March 13, where 10 players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf. Barrett Jones, G (6-4 5/8, 309) - Jones still has his foot in a boot, so all he did was get measured and execute 27 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He is targeting one of the later dates at Alabama to work out. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/16/13 - 2013 Alabama Pro Day: Jones, who started at four positions on the offensive line, bench-pressed 225 pounds 27 times. He had foot surgery after the national championship game in January and is still wearing a boot on his left leg. Defensive tackle Damion Square, who's also recovering from an injury, managed 23 repetitions. Jones said he's not expecting to be cleared to run until May, which leaves him relying on mostly game tape and team interviews to help his draft stock.
He won the Outland Trophy as a junior left tackle and the Rimington Award as the nation's top center last season, and isn't too choosy about where he winds up on the line. ''I'll play whatever position I'm asked to play,'' Jones said. ''If you made me choose I'd probably choose center right now because No. 1, I played there last year and No. 2, I'm kind of a control freak. I like to be in control. If we're watching TV together I like to hold the remote. That's the kind of guy I am. ''I like making the calls. I like the preparation aspect of it. But that being said, wherever they think the best fit for their team and can help them win, that's where I want to play.'' - AP Sports
03/03/13 - The way Barrett Jones sees it, time wasn't on their side. By they, the former Alabama center means the 10 Crimson Tide representatives at last week's NFL Combine, none of whom were full participants because of a variety of injuries. ďPeople donít realize itís tougher for us to come here and compete in the combine because we play so late," Jones said. "Weíre still not maybe as healthy as everybody else. "When you play in the SEC, you get beat up, especially when you have a lot of bowl practices and youíre playing a game thatís not 'til Jan. 7."
The vast majority of the 300+ participants had at least a two-week head start on Alabama's representatives to prepare for the annual scouting event. The players whose teams did not qualify for a postseason bowl game had an extra 45 days. "Itís tough to get back to full speed for this," Jones said.
Jones was at the top of that list, the first known Alabama scratch after it was revealed he'd practiced for and played through the BCS National Championship with torn ligaments in his foot. He probably would not have been ready for the combine even if he had surgery after the SEC Championship, and it's unlikely that he'll be able to do much at Alabama's Pro Day on March 13. Projected as a second- or third-round selection, Jones said he's moved on from wondering "what if?" ďYouíve got to realize you canít control that," Jones said. "I canít control that I was hurt. I just have to focus on the things I can control. Thatís interview well and doing all the little things right." - Andrew Gribble, Alabama Live
02/22/13 - Jones gave an example of the mentality he brings to the field with his answer to a question about which of his many awards he's most proud of. ďThe thing I'm most proud of is being named team captain. No offense to you guys, the awards that come from your teammates, that means the most. That means they voted on it, you earned their respect. I'm not saying I'm not grateful for all the awards I received. I'm just saying it's special to get awards from your teammates.Ē
Teams are well aware of Jones' surgery and expected recovery time and aren't likely to drop his stock, assuming that their doctors are satisfied with the progress he's making. Jones is a classic example of a better football player than athlete. This fact may push him into the draft's second or third round as some teams prioritize upside on draft day, especially if questions remain about his recovery. However, Jones' proven track record against elite competition, toughness and versatility certainly bodes well for his future in the NFL, regardless of which position his pro team asks him to play. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com