2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Ben Jones, C, Georgia

by Cory J. Bonini on March 29, 2012 @ 17:00:37 PDT


Georgia Bulldogs center Ben Jones relies on his ability to understand defenses rather than his size or power. His intangibles should take him a long way in the 2012 NFL Draft

Ben Jones, C, Georgia
Undersized but heady


  • Intelligent - makes all of the line calls
  • Experienced - four-year starter (48 games)
  • Understands leverage and takes smart angles
  • Mirrors defenders well
  • Pro-style offense experience
  • Great technique and fundamentals
  • Team leader
  • Durable
  • Quality shotgun snapper
  • Good initial quickness, even if it isn't necessarily explosive


  • Lacks ideal size (6-foot-2 5/8, 303 pounds) and strength
  • Not particularly athletic
  • May struggle pulling (little experience)
  • Not very fluid in space
  • Displays little explosion
  • Just OK as a run blocker

Expected draft placement

Jones' lack of size and limited athletic ability may keep him from being drafted any higher than the early third round. He could sneak into the second if a team likes his experience and durability, but Jones doesn't profile as an immediate starter at the next level.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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