Robert Jones is becoming quite intriguing for the Miami Dolphins but can he really take over a roster spot from Coleman or someone else?
The Miami Dolphins really love Robert Jones but they didn’t love him enough to draft him. Instead, they used a 7th round pick on Larnel Coleman and that is the reason Coleman is listed above Jones. That being said, don’t think for a minute that Coleman has the inside track. Jones has something too. A guaranteed contract.
Jones opted to sign with Miami because of his time spent with the coaching staff at the Senior Bowl. Undrafted, Jones’ contract was fully guaranteed by the Dolphins, something that is rare in the NFL these days for undrafted rookies.
Jones is impressive in his own right but at this level, he is far from a plug-and-play offensive lineman and his best opportunity will come on the practice squad but he will compete for what should be one position on the roster. As an outside tackle, Jones has a long way to go but inside he could be very good and that is where the Dolphins are working him out.
- Jones is a big guy with a solid frame
- Uses his body mechanics well
- Coachable with room for improving technique
- Likely an interior prospect
- Not NFL ready yet
- As a tackle, he lacks consistent footwork
- Lower body tends to not move or distribute his weight properly
- Can’t sustain certain blocks due to feet
- Why he won’t take a spot from Coleman:
Larnel Coleman is more consistent on the outside and is far more rounded as a football player. Jones didn’t start playing football until his junior season at Middle Tennessee State. Coleman has more experience.