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Jones started all four seasons at Georgia and was a Rimington Award finalist last season for top center in the nation. Though he lacks massive size and elite athleticism, Jones' consistency and polished skill set for his position make him one of the top center prospects in the draft. He possesses the initial quickness - perhaps his best attribute - and deceptive strength and ability to hold his ground against more powerful defensive linemen, skills vital to succeeding in the NFL. He's physical and handles the initial hit from opposing linemen well. Jones, who may have the prototypical build for his position, seeks out contact when he's not engaged with a defender. He made the line calls at Georgia and anchored a formidable unit that helped the Bulldogs rush for 164.0 yards per game in 2011. He has above-average technique and excels at sealing off defenders on running plays to open holes. While he's not going to overpower and move bigger defensive linemen, Jones stays with his blocks and understands how to play to his strengths, relying on an efficient approach. He lacks great footwork and doesn't have very good agility despite his excellent initial burst. However, he has shown ability in blocking downfield and in trap-blocking schemes. Jones plays with an edge and recorded numerous "pancake" blocks in college. His grade of 66.2 at the scouting combine confirmed that he may not be a high-ceiling player and will likely be taken in the lower rounds. However, many evaluators feel that the durable, steady Jones could develop into a longtime starter in the NFL.