Marcus Jones

Marcus Jones

Measurements
  • Height
    5080
  • Hand
    8 7/8
  • VJ
  • Weight
    174lbs
  • Arm
    28 7/8
  • Speed
CB Combine Averages
  • Height
    5113
  • Hand
    9 1/4
  • VJ
    37
  • Weight
    192lbs
  • Arm
    31 1/2
  • Speed
    4.49
Jared Hammond - Scout
Marcus Jones
  • Overall Rank
    66
  • Position Rank
    10
  • Position
    CB
  • Age
    23.7 Years
  • Team
    HOUSTON

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles PBUs Yds/Cov Snap Sacks Misc. Stats
2017 13 49 8 1.19 0 Played for Troy
2018 11 34 11 1.30 0 Played for Troy
2020 7 24 5 0.82 0 19.8 AVG Punt Return
2021 13 48 18 1.66 0 14.4 AVG Punt Return

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Marcus Jones has limited size due to his height but shows plenty of muscle on his frame. No room to grow as current weight fits him well. Average length but is on the shorter side. Average frame/durability. Hasn't missed any time due to a major injury but smaller size could lead to injury at the next level.

  • Size
    4
  • Length
    5
  • Frame/Durability
    5
Grade 4.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Shows above the line effort/motor with how he plays the game. Doesn’t give up on plays that are decided by size. Adequate toughness, doesn't back down from larger receivers. Above the line instincts. Shows understanding of how to jump passes and when to break off coverage and be aggressive.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    7
  • Effort/Motor
    7
Grade 6.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Adequate overall athlete who has a handful of above the line traits. Above the line explosiveness, speed, and change of direction. Shown both in his coverage ability but shown best with his kick return/punt return ability but also shown with his ability to jump routes and stick with receivers in coverage. Adequate body control and flexibility/bend. Shows stiffness throughout his body on his backpedal but this is the only instance of stiffness. Average play strength due primarily to his size. Will be out muscled by almost everyone on the field.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    7
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    7
  • Play Strength
    5
Grade 6.3

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Post snap Marcus Jones shows an average backpedal due to stiffness he shows throughout his body. Upon his diagnosis of the play, he shows an adequate plant and drive and above the line burst to close when he gets close to the ball, either in the air or in the hands of a ball carrier. Limited in run support despite being an adequate tackler because of his size. Struggles getting off blocks and to avoid them as well. Adequate coverage ability but possess all the traits needed to play both man and zone coverage. Above the line twitch/suddenness allows him to move his feet and direction with quickness. He has above the line ball skills too. An above the line player when it comes to jumping routes, securing interceptions, and finding the ball when the receiver puts hands on it but he does struggle with finding the ball on deep passes at times.

  • Hip Fluidity
    7
  • Burst to Close
    7
  • Plant and Drive
    6
  • Run Support
    4
  • Cover Ability
    6
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    7
  • Backpedal
    5
  • Ball Skills
    7
Grade 6.1

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Marcus Jones projects to be an immediate starter at the next level strictly as a slot cornerback. He's an impact starter at kick or punt returner. He's a redshirt senior who was a 19 game starter for Houston. Jones possesses multiple technical and athletic traits that will allow him to succeed in the NFL. His one glaring weakness is his size and length. Despite this, he shows above the line twitch/suddenness, hip fluidity, and burst to close ability needed to lay in the slot at the next level. He can play both man and zone coverage and shouldn't see too many physically imposing receivers in the slot. His above the line ball skills and instincts will allow him to make plays on the ball in the slot because of his ability to jump passes and anticipate where the quarterback is throwing. His limited run support ability will make him a liability in the run but his coverage skill makes up for this deficiency. Mid to late day 2 player.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v SMU
  • Oct - 30 - 2021
  • Shows above the line plant and drive and burst to close. Has an interception where he jumps a route and shows adequate play while playing outside CB.
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Memphis
  • Nov - 19 - 2021
  • Receivers show the ability to generate separation without much precision in their routes. Despite this he makes multiple plays on the ball and has 2 INTs but allows 100+ yards receiving on only 5 receptions (targeted 18 times).
Best Trait
Ball Skills
Pro Comparison
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