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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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. “People don’t realize it’s tougher for us to come here and compete in the combine because we play so late," Jones said. "We’re 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 you’re playing a game that’s 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. "It’s 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?" “You’ve got to realize you can’t control that," Jones said. "I can’t control that I was hurt. I just have to focus on the things I can control. That’s 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. “The 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.”
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
02/22/13 - While the athletic drills generate all of the buzz, the most important tests conducted each year at the NFL Combine are the medical evaluations, including the updates teams get on players who have already undergone surgery. That is certainly the case with Alabama's offensive lineman Barrett Jones, a two-time consensus All-American who six weeks underwent surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury to his left foot. Jones, who is walking in a boot, told the media that his expected recovery time is "four months," which should put him in position to potentially be available to return to the field for May mini-camps.
Jones started 49 of 53 games while with the Tide, earning comparisons to Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews by head coach Nick Saban for his toughness, versatility and reliability. Jones started 25 games at right guard for the Tide, before making the switch to left tackle as a junior, earning the Outland Trophy for his stellar play on the blindside. Despite his success outside, Jones was moved inside to center as a senior, where he again performed well and currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated prospect at the position. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/21/13 - As a youth football player in Germantown, Tenn., former Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones intently watched Jeff Saturday for his ability to change protections and serve as the leader of the Indianapolis Colts' offensive line. Weeks after Saturday's retirement, Jones is intrigued about the possibility of becoming the former Green Bay center's heir. “I'd love to play in Green Bay,” Jones said Thursday at the combine. “I'll play wherever they ask me but definitely it would be awesome to play for a team with that kind of tradition.”
A Lisfranc injury to Jones' left foot will keep him out of workouts this week, but the three-time All-American has already met with a number of team in Indianapolis. Though Jones appeared at guard, left tackle and center in college, most teams project him as a center on the next level. “I think when you play different positions it really allows you to learn the offense from different perspectives,” Jones said. “You stop memorizing the offense and start understanding it.”
Jones expects the injury will keep him out for the next several months. While with the Crimson Tide, Jones won three national championships -- two under former offensive line coach Joe Pendry. Before joining Nick Saban's staff in Tuscaloosa, Pendry worked with six different teams in his 19-year NFL career. Jones credits the former Texans' offensive coordinator for his development. “I took away a ton of things from him,” Jones said. “He really taught me everything I know about football -- just on how to learn defenses and dissect the game.” - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com
01/08/13 - Alabama center Barrett Jones played the BCS championship game with torn ligaments in his left foot and needs surgery. The two-time All-American and the leader of the Crimson Tide's dominant offensive line was injured in the Southeastern Conference championship against Georgia. He didn't practice again until the day before Alabama left Tuscaloosa to come to south Florida. When the team arrived, he came off the plane wearing a protective boot on his injured foot.
Jones told reporters after the game his injury was similar to the one that put Houston Texas quarterback Matt Schaub out of several games last season. Jones played most of the game and helped the Crimson Tide rush for 265 yard and 5.9 yards per carry. - AP Sports
01/07/13 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: C Barrett Jones is making the last start of an excellent college career and will have a big role in the offense's success. If he can control the man across from him like he controlled Georgia's nose guards in the SEC title game, the Tide will be able to run the ball and keep LB Manti Te'o from affecting the texture of this game. Rushing for more than 300 yards against the Bulldogs defense was impressive, but can they do it against the strength of Notre Dame's team? - The Sports Xchange