According to Josh Norris of NBC Sports and Rotoworld, the Raiders recently met with North Carolina State safety Josh Jones.
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 20, 2017
Jones is 6-1 and 220 pounds. He has good speed and acceleration for his size, something the Raiders may value as they try to fix a defense that did allow opponents a lot of points in 2016. As good as the Raiders were, the offense had to carry them much of the time, and they’d like more balance.
According to NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, an AFC defensive backs coach said this when asked about him:
“This guy would just as soon hit you as look at you on the football field. Hey, it’s fun to watch his tape because he’s already got that NFL mentality to him, but he gets way out of control too. I saw that early on in the tape. You’ve got to rein him in a little bit.”
That suggests that, despite his raw ability, he could make some very rookie mistakes in coverage. However, things like that can be taught. If he already has the build and ability, teams like the Raiders may think that’s more important – unless they want him to start right away.
When asked about his own strengths and weaknesses by Matt Falk of Draft Season, Jones avoided half of the question, saying:
“My greatest strength is me being a versatile safety. However, I don’t feel like I have any weakness. Every part of my game should be worked constantly and that’s my daily goal to be better than I was the previous day…[I’m] relentless.”