ROUND 2: Houston OT Josh Jones
6-7, 310 – Senior
The Bucs need a long-term starter at right tackle – even if they re-sign 34-year old Dotson for one year to compete for the job and groom his heir apparent. That could be Jones, who has great size at 6-foot-7, 310 pounds and athleticism. Jones was a four-year starter at Houston at left tackle and has the ideal footwork and wingspan to move to the right side and be successful there.
Despite his experience, Jones’ technique needs some work and he’s far from being a finished product. He misses blocks sometimes due to inconsistent hands, and he whiffs on some open-field blocks that someone with his movement skills shouldn’t miss, which can be frustrating. But Jones can pull due to his light feet and agility, and when he does get his hands on his opponent he is a people-mover. He’s gotten better as a run-blocker, and when he teams with a guard or tight end on double teams it’s all over for his opponent.
Jones has a chance to see his stock rise at the Senior Bowl, and he really improved in pass protection as a senior this past season. His long arms keep opponents at bay, and his ability to mirror has gotten better, as has his kick-slide. Jones’s size and tenacity allows him to anchor well against bull rushers in pass protection, too.
With 45 games under his belt at Houston, the Bucs would welcome a big, long, athletic tackle prospect that has seen plenty of action. The fact that Jones, who wore No. 74 at Houston, played left tackle in college could mean that he could transition to left tackle in a pinch at the pro level if Donovan Smith were to get hurt and miss time, or if the team feels Smith might be better suited at right tackle in the future.