Packers Select S Josh Jones in Second Round

The Packers have selected North Carolina State safety Josh Jones with the 61st pick in the NFL Draft.

Jones spent his first two seasons in North Carolina playing free safety before moving to strong safety. He has great size (6-1, 220) and speed (4.41 in the 40-yard dash) and is an aggressive hitter.

Fit: B+. The Packers like versatile defensive backs, and Jones certainly is that.
Value: B. While Jones certainly seems like an athletic, skilled prospect, it’s worth wondering if the Packers needed more help elsewhere.

What are Josh Jones’ strengths?

  • Excellent size and speed combination
  • Extremely aggressive in both coverage and against the run
  • Versatile and can probably play both safety spots and also lined up at slot corner
  • Good in run support

What are Josh Jones’ weaknesses?

  • Aggression can cut both ways and Jones is sometimes caught on play fakes
  • Doesn’t anticipate well in zone coverage
  • Occasionally fails to finish tackles
  • Can play too high

How does Josh Jones fit with the Packers?

Jones gives the Packers another versatile defensive backs who can play at a high level at multiple spots. If Jones can contribute as a safety, it could allow Morgan Burnett to play a hybrid safety/linebacker role more consistently. Jones could also line up in that spot given his size and speed combination.