A couple of weeks ago, we posted a blog reiterating a post by Walterfootball.com that their sources said Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones’ recovery was slow and that he would most likely start the season on the physically unable to perform list.
How’s that for information from a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend?
The evening I reported the information and that Jones’s draft stock would most likely plummet because of it, I was contacted by a very trusted source from within the Jones camp saying the information was poppycock and that the national champion was way ahead of schedule in his recovery from lisfranc surgery.
The source said he was so far ahead that they thought Jones would be easily ready to participate in the NFL spring practice sessions held after the draft.
Yesterday, Walterfootball.com confirmed that information with a story based on a recent interview with Jones.
The Green Bay Packers, who have been many times linked with the drafting of Jones, should be encouraged by this information. Though Jones may still fall out of the first round, he may still be the best option for the Packers.
A highly intelligent guy with a bachelor and master’s degree, Jones has also done it all on the field – versatility highly regarded by the likes of Ted Thompson. In the interview, Jones talks about when positions along the offensive line came open, he was the first the coaches turned to in filling them. He did it without hesitation and said he would do the same at the pro level, while understanding he would most likely be drafted to play inside on the line.
He also talked about the level of competition he faced, not only from opponents, but more importantly from his teammates on the defensive side of the ball. He said that has prepared him for taking the next step.
Jones might be the best acquisition the Packers may add through the draft – and if he’s available in the second round – he may be the steal of the draft. But of course, that would be Ted Thompson’s call. There are plenty of talented offensive linemen available in this year’s draft, but Jones may be the best option for the Packers. Not only would he step into the center’s position, but he could also be used at guard, if needed.
He’s a talent the Packers should focus on and tap next month when the draft rolls around.