On Sunday afternoon, I posted a story focusing on a rumor about Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones that was originally posted at WalterFootball.com – a story that pointed to sources who said Jones will be nowhere near recovered from recent surgery and would start the NFL regular season on the physically unable to perform list.
Well, according to sources very close to the situation, that is not the case at all – Jones is well on his way to recovery from the lisfranc foot surgery he had last month and is expected to be ready to hit the field come this spring when teams hold their rookie workouts. Though it’s still unclear at this point just how cautious the team that drafts Barrett will be, the sources who contacted lombardiave.com about our story yesterday were confident that Jones will be ready to go.
According to one source, Jones is healing at a fast rate. “Barrett really is doing great,” the source said. ” You wouldn’t even know he was hurt. I really believe the younger you are, the quicker you heal because he has progressed so quickly.”
Jones, who started at just about every line position during his career at Alabama was projected by many to be a late first round choice and many linked him to the Green Bay Packers not only his versatility, but because of the Packers need to desperately improve their offensive line. The Packers signed veteran Jeff Saturday to play center for them last season, but he was benched after 10 games and replaced with Evan Dietrich-Smith, who finished out the season.
The Packers haven’t heaped high praise on Dietrich-Smith’s late-season play, and showed their lukewarm reception of his performance by tendering him the lowest level of restricted free agent compensation. There’s no question the Packers will be looking to improve their line and should Jones continue to show the progress that he has over the past few weeks their interest in drafting him may be warming.
Before his injury in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia, Jones was thought by many to be a first round selection. However, because he was unable to play in the Senior Bowl and participate in the Combine, many felt his stock had slipped to the second round.
Packers GM Ted Thompsonhas surprised the experts time and again, so it’s always unclear as to
which direction he will go, but if the Packers had Jones high on their board before, there’s no reason why he wouldn’t still be there.