Dwight Jones

49ers in market for “big stature receiver”

The 49ers ended the season with three active receivers, one of which is now the least popular man in San Francisco. So it comes as no surprise that Jim Harbaugh wants to address the position this offseason.

Following the season, Harbaugh spoke about the issues at receiver and lamented the failure of Braylon Edwards. He stated “we were looking for that big stature receiver” when acquiring Edwards, but due to injuries and ineffectiveness he was released midseason.

Fortunately for the Niners, there are a number of “big stature” receivers who should come off the board in the first few rounds. Here are

Michael Floyd, Notre Dame [scouting report] – There’s a good chance Floyd will be off the board by the time the 49ers are on the clock, but if they’re serious about addressing this concern they may consider trading up. Aside from Justin Blackmon, Floyd is the most well-rounded receiver in this year’s class.

Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina [scouting report] – Jeffery’s stock has fallen dramatically this season, but could still be an option in the late 1st round for the 49ers. His inconsistent play may scare some teams off, but he has the skill set to make an immediate impact in the red zone which is what the 49ers really need.

Dwight Jones, North Carolina [scouting report]¬†- Like Jeffery, Jones has some issues with consistency, but at 6’4″ he could be a relatively cheap option for them in the late 2nd round. He won’t challenge Michael Crabtree for the role of No. 1 receiver any time soon, but if they’re primarily interested in a red-zone threat, Jones could be a good fit.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, 49ers 2 Comments

NFL Draft Risers and Fallers through Senior Bowl

It’s still very early in the draft process, but the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl are the first test for the top prospects. With those two all-star games behind us, we can begin to evaluate whose stock is on the rise, and whose stock is starting to fall, before we head to the Combine in late Februrary.

Josh Norman – CB – Coastal Carolina
Norman concluded the season as a relative unknown, having not been tested against top competition, and was expected to be a late-round prospect. However, he shined at the Shrine Game and impressed scouts so much that he earned a late invite to the Senior Bowl. He now looks like a top-100 lock, and could climb as high as the 2nd round.

Alfonzo Dennard – CB – Nebraska
For those that watched Dennard closely this season, his stock probably didn’t change much. But the Senior Bowl served notice to everyone that he just doesn’t have the athleticism or the technique to be considered an elite prospect. There has even been some talk of him moving to free safety in the pros. He rode the momentum of his junior year – when he played opposite Prince Amukamara – as long as he could, but we’ve now seen the real Dennard.

Bobby Wagner – OLB – Utah State
Wagner was already a solid 3rd or 4th-round prospect heading into the Senior Bowl, but may have risen into the early 2nd round with his performance. Aside from his relatively short stature, he’s the complete package. Wagner also benefits from this being a relatively weak class of linebackers. Scouts were impressed with his athleticism, and also with his play on special teams.

Dwight Jones – WR – North Carolina
The knock on Jones, which has become a theme for the Butch Davis-era Tar Heel prospects, is that he lacks effort and concentration. He drops too many balls, and isn’t always a crisp route runner. These issues are magnified due to his relative lack of speed.

Vinny Curry – DE/LB – Marshall
The all-star games are always most important for the small-school prospects, and Curry took advantage of his opportunity to play with the big boys. His best moment came in the one-on-one drills when he had little issue beating Mike Adams off the edge with his speed rush. He definitely displayed the athleticism necessary to play standing up in a 3-4 defense.

Kellen Moore – QB – Boise State
Moore was hoping to establish himself as the next Colt McCoy this offseason, as an undersized but accurate signal caller. Unfortunately, Moore simply doesn’t have an NFL arm. There were even reports of CFL scouts saying they weren’t interested in Moore because they need quarterbacks who can whip the ball through the windy conditions they sometimes face.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft 2 Comments

Dwight Jones scouting report

Dwight Jones WR North Carolina #83
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 207

Strengths:
Ideal height and good overall bulk. Has the strength to easily fight through press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Decent speed for his size. Does a nice job using his body to shield himself from defenders. Shows good hands when he remembers to catch the ball away from his body. Adjusts to poorly thrown balls; has bailed his quarterback out on multiple occasions. A tough runner with the football; looks to make plays after the catch and is willing and able to take a hit and keep moving. Experienced lining up wide and in slot. Runs a lot of short curl routes where he’s essentially used like a tight end, taking advantage of his size and ability to shield defenders.
Weaknesses:
Traps the ball against his body too often and it has led to some drops; needs to use his hands more. Leaping ability is mediocre, which takes away from his height advantage to an extent. Still developing as a route runner; needs to improve in this area to make up for lack of breakaway speed. Had knee surgery in 2009 and appeared in just five games that season.
Comments:
As a tall, physical, possession receiver from UNC, comparisons to Hakeem Nicks are inevitable. However, Jones lacks Nicks’ exceptional hands which have been key to his success in the NFL. Jones has the potential to be a No. 1 receiver at the next level, however, he is not a finished product. He’ll need to improve upon his fundamentals – fine-tuning his route running, catching more with his hands – before he’ll excel in the NFL. There’s a lot to like about Jones, but he’s far from a sure thing.
Videos:
2011 vs Virginia Tech
2011 vs Louisville
2011 vs Georgia Tech 
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 Comments Off