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Can Jarrian Jones man the slot for the Commanders?

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By: dg28

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2024 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Commanders

Jarrian Jones, CB
School: Florida State | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Redshirt Senior | Age: ?
Height / Weight: 6’0” / 190 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Rounds 4-6

Player Comparison: Shaquill Griffin

College Statistics

Defense & Fumbles Table
Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2019 Mississippi State SEC FR CB 8 7 5 12 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 2 1 0
2020 Florida State ACC SO DB 8 10 8 18 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2021 Florida State ACC SO DB 12 18 4 22 0.5 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 2 0 0
*2022 Florida State ACC JR 12 13 6 19 0.0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 4 0 0 0 0
*2023 Florida State ACC SR DB 12 16 9 25 5.0 1.0 3 32 10.7 1 3 1 3 0 1
Career Overall 64 32 96 5.5 1.0 5 32 6.4 1 12 2 3 0 1
Mississippi State 7 5 12 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 2 1 0
Florida State 57 27 84 5.5 1.0 5 32 6.4 1 10 1 3 0 1
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 3/3/2024.

Player Overview

A Mississippi native and four-star recruit, Jarrian Jones committed to playing for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He saw action in 11 games in 2019 as a freshman, but decided to enter the transfer portal at the season’s end.

Originally, he planned to stay in state and go to Ole Miss, but ultimately decided to go to Florida State. It was head coach Mike Norvell’s first season in Tallahassee, too, and it was not easy as the team went 3-6 in that season. Jones struggled as well, allowing a passer rating of 137.1 when targeted. Jones would improve his coverage skills and productivity.

By 2022, he had improved his passer rating when targeted to 42.7. His last year in school was his most productive with three interceptions, including a pick-six, and three PBUs, with a passer rating when targeted of 26.7. For his play in 2023, Jones received honorable mention All-ACC honors.

Strengths

  • Good size for the position
  • Aggressive when coming downhill to make tackles
  • Good play recognition, particularly on screens
  • Reacts to receivers breaks quickly and stays in phase
  • Gears up when ball is in flight to make play on it
  • Long speed to carry receivers deep downfield
  • Shows good concentration and hands to make plays on the ball

Weaknesses

  • Not a lot of stopping power as a tackler, leading to missed tackles
  • Can be caught flat-footed, allowing receivers separation
  • Technique, especially footwork, can be inconsistent
  • Can rely too heavily on speed to makeup ground against receivers

Let’s See His Work

How He Fits on the Commanders

The Commanders need to turnover all stones in their search for help in the secondary. Despite Kendall Fuller approaching 30, he’s been the team’s best cornerback. However, he might leave in free agency. If that happens, Emmanuel Forbes and Benjamin St-Juste might be penciled as starters on the outside, leaving the Commanders in need of a slot corner. While Quan Martin can play some of this role, he is probably best as a pure safety. The slot could be played by St-Juste or Forbes, but that would leave the team needing to use premium resources to find an outside corner.

Jarrian Jones played like one of the best slot cornerbacks in the country this year. While he may have played his best in man coverage, his skillset makes him a good defender in zone coverage. The ball production would be valued in a Joe Whitt, Jr.-led defense. He has to improve his tackling and consistency in technique, but might be a valuable part of the Commanders’ defense going forward.

Originally posted on Hogs Haven