Add another name to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ pre-draft visits. NFL Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports NC State safety Josh Jones has an official visit lined up with the Steelers.
From Pauline’s draft site, which provides tremendous insight, Draft Analyst.
“People seem to dismiss Jones when the conversation turns to the top safeties in the draft, though this is not true in the scouting community. He tested incredibly well at the combine and when teams went back and watched the film, they saw a potential top-50 pick. Jones has worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars and will be working out for the Arizona Cardinals in future. His list of official visits includes the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.”
A top 50 pick would put the Steelers in a difficult spot, the inbetweener from their first pick, 30th overall, and their second, 62nd.
Jones had an impressive redshirt junior season in 2016, leading his team in tackles (109) and interceptions (3). At 6’1 220 pounds, he tested exceptionally well at the Combine, running a 4.41, jumping 37.5 inches in the vert and 11’0″ in the broad with 20 reps on the bench, that last one which tied third for all defensive backs and a broad that tied for second best.
On the surface, he compares well to Sean Davis, who the Steelers took in the second round last year. Jones is the 5th known pre-draft visitor scheduled to make his way through the Fort Pitt Tunnel. The Steelers have 25 more non-local visits left.
Jones is someone I know many of you are asking for a profile on and we’ll certainly write one up in the near future (Marcus Williams, too).