A brief released today on WalterFootball.com indicates that scouts are saying Alabama center Barrett Jones won’t be ready for the start of training camp … Heck, he won’t be ready for the start of the 2013 season.
For months, those following the Green Bay Packers have pegged Jones as the perfect first round choice for the team. The versatility he showed at Alabama impressed a lot of the experts who projected him as a first round selection.
That was until today.
As reported on WalterFootball, Jones’s recovery from the dreaded lisfranc foot injury he suffered in the SEC Championship game against Georgia is serious enough that his immediate future is in doubt. He did turn around and play in the National Championship Game against Notre Dame, but had surgery shortly after, thus keeping him from working out at the Combine and participating in the Senior Bowl.
Though his absence from those two events probably didn’t hurt his draft standing much, today’s news that Jones would probably start the NFL season on the physically unable to perform list did. While he was being pegged as a second-rounder, the news today may sink his standing even more.
Don’t get me wrong, he’s a hell of an athlete and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Packers take him as early as the second round – even though most are now slating him as a third- and possibly even a fourth-rounder. They may take him that high because of his skill and intelligence. No doubt, whoever selects Jones is going to get a player who has a bright future, despite this setback. He has the makings of an NFL lineman who will play for a long time in the league.
He is best at center or guard and considering the Packers’ vast needs to improve their offensive line, Jones is still a possibility to be selected by the Packers.
However, this most recent development also opens other first round options for the Packers. They might go defensive line; they might go defensive back or safety; or heck, they might even go receiver running back. Running backs Eddie Lacy and Giovani Bernard come to mind.
Of course, it’s impossible to predict which direction Ted Thompson may go with that first round selection, but one thing became very clear today – it won’t be Barrett Jones.