Velus Jones Jr

Velus Jones Jr

Measurements
  • Height
    5116
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    33
  • Weight
    204lbs
  • Arm
    30 7/8
  • Speed
    4.31
WR Combine Averages
  • Height
    6004
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    200lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.51
Charlie Parkinson - Scout
Velus Jones Jr
  • Overall Rank
    152
  • Position Rank
    20
  • Position
    WR
  • Age
    25.1 Years
  • Team
    TENNESSEE

Stats

Year Games Played Rec Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2017 13 6 46 7.7 0 31/760 KOR
2018 11 24 266 11.1 1 21/483 KOR
2019 11 6 35 5.8 0 29/704 KOR
2020 10 22 280 12.7 3 18/398 KOR
2021 13 62 807 13.0 7 23/628 KOR

Build

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

Muscular and compact frame. He is listed at average height and weight but appears smaller on tape. He has the room to add some weight onto his frame and has not had any serious injuries in college.

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

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Adequate competitive toughness, as shown by effort and physicality when blocking and running hard with the ball in his hands. Adequate instincts when he settles in soft zones during his routes and evades defenders after the catch. Has occasionally jogged routes on the backside when not involved in the play, but shows scrappy effort as a blocker.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 6.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Jones is a quick-burst athlete, who is explosive out his cuts and in the open field. He has above the line speed and can use it to threaten over the top. He changes direction well as he makes his cuts fluidly on quick-breaking routes. … Can be a bit high at the top of routes which slows down his ability to change direction. Listed at 200 lbs but he is light and is often overmatched by more physical defenders.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    7
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    5
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    4
Grade 5.8

Technical

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

Jones primarily lines up in the slot, where he was usually awarded a two-way go, but is quick enough to evade the press. He runs hard and bursts out his cuts on quick routes. He has the speed to beat defenders over the top. His hands are not a concern as he pulls in most balls that are thrown his way. He bursts after the catch, as he is quick, can follow blockers, and make defenders miss. He is very effective in the return game and can come in right away as a high-quality kick returner. ... He has not been pressed very much throughout his career and can be pushed around by physical DBs off the line, so developing his release package will be helpful. His route tree was very limited in college and he ran a bit high, taking some extra steps at the top of his cuts. He also has a hard time dealing with physicality from DBs when trying to separate. He is inexperienced in tracking the ball and does not have the frame to make contested catches. His small catch radius leads to some easy drops and overthrows. In addition, he is too often a body-catcher, and cannot consistently hold onto the ball through contact.

  • Ball Skills
    4
  • Suddenness
    6
  • Release
    4
  • Route Running
    5
  • Run After Catch
    7
  • Vertical threat
    5
  • Perimeter Blocking
    6
  • Return Ability
    7
Grade 5.5

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?
Jones Jr has been a name around college football for a long time, as he was a freshman in 2016. In his first spot at USC, he struggled to consistently find the field as a receiver but was very good as a returner. He made the transfer to Tennessee and made more of an impact at receiver. In 2021, he broke out and had his career-best season as a starting slot receiver and returner. He is quick and a playmaker after the catch as a receiver in addition to being a very good returner. Despite playing 6 years of college football, he is inexperienced and raw as a route runner, but does have upside to improve there. Jones projects best as a developmental slot receiver, who can be used in many ways in the offense and can make an immediate impact as a return specialist.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v South Carolina
  • Oct - 09 - 2021
  • Made plays as a receiver and returner, explosive after the catch
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT Alabama
  • Oct - 23 - 2021
  • Was overmatched by physical DBs and could not create separation
Best Trait
Return skills and RAC
Pro Comparison
Braxton Berrios