You didn’t get to see Justin Jones catch a pass for East Carolina this year. He was academically ineligible. But the NFL keeps track of guys that are 6-8, 275 and catch TDs. Jason La Canfora has the scoop on him and the teams that are interested.
Jones hasn’t played a college football game since 2012 after becoming academically ineligible before last season. From what NFL teams tell me, his coaches at ECU haven’t been giving him ringing endorsements, but he has the kind of raw but potentially freakish size and ability that teams cannot overlook.
Having had the opportunity to spend a little time around him, I find Jones very difficult not to like and root for. Jones spent the season working at a Jos. A Bank in the Atlanta area, working out relentlessly, and hoping he might get a workout or two. At 6-foot-8, 275 pounds, and with a 37-inch vertical leap he showed off for scouts at the regional combine in Detroit two weeks ago, plenty of NFL eyes were opened. He only played a few years of college football, yet 12 of his 52 career receptions were touchdowns, he has some unique red-zone possibilities and even as a situational pass catcher, there is talent to be developed.
The Eagles have checked out several TEs, some big and some athletic. Jones would be a huge Red Zone target for Nick Foles.