Quickest Hands in the West
He is as field
fast any rusher in this Draft. Small guy who takes on blocks well and is so
quick that it is hard for blockers to latch onto him. He has that knack
for making people miss him. He can blast off the line and get to the QB in
a flash. Nice speed across the field. He can line up at LOLB and make a
play across the field. Led the SEC in Sacks in 2011 and 2012. If that
is not impressive than I don't know what is.
He just gets up
the field so fast. He is lighting off the snap. He does such a nice job of
using his hands to bounce off blockers. The more I watch him the more I
like him. Very susceptible to the cut blocks as a Junior. That seems to be
about his only weakness so far. Plays with amazing leverage. He get under
the OT’s Pads and Bull rushes them up. It is amazing how he can knock down
guys \ who look a hundred pounds bigger than he is, onto their butts. He is just a pure freak
athlete. Team player and leader. Team Captain. It is amazing how he can
Bull the OT onto his butt on one play, and then blast off past him like he
is standing still on the next. That is a rare mix of talent.
He does play
with power, and such great natural leverage that he can make much bigger
players looks foolish. Plus, he plays so fast, quick, and explosive that
he always seems to be putting the bigger guys in awkward situations.
Switches sides a lot, and even lines up at ILB. He is just as fast up field
from either side. Does a
good job setting the edge. Ironically, he often doesn’t look his best
against smaller blockers. He looks like he should destroy RBs and FBs picking him
up, but often doesn’t. Tight Ends can also give him trouble on the edge. He plays with such natural leverage that he doesn’t
look comfortable when the little blockers can get under him. When he stops moving on the field he can get overpowered.
He just can’t defend
himself on cut blocks. It is amazing how he can leap frog his way in and out and around
three blockers and still get his hands on the QB.
His biggest flaw
is that you can run at him. When he can move to the ball he is effective
in the running game, but at the point of attack, if the O-Linemen latch on
than he is in trouble. He is so quick off the snap he can make the more athletic
TE whiff. It is remarkable. Underrated hitter. He can really can crack the
shoulder pads on the ball carrier. Amazing angle flying around the Corner.
He can Turn the Corner as well as Von Miller.
He missed two
games this past season with an ankle injury (no lasting effects), and
played against two option teams that rarely throw; Yet he still set
Georgia’s record for Sacks in a season at 14.5. He has an incredible knack for playing behind the LOS. He
set the Georgia career mark in Sacks at 28 in only two season! He has also
had 44 TFL over the past two seasons.
Okay, that 's a
lot of information, but doesn't really tell you anything new. However,
rest assured, I finally figured out how he does it. He has two wonderful moves that he does better than anyone I have ever seen. The
first move he does is so special that I hate to reveal his secret. He gets
to the outside shoulder of O-Tackles and the then turns past them like he
has suddenly turned into a ghosts. He Dips and Rips around the Corner, and O-Tackles
seem to ole' him like he is a
charging bull. Why don't they grab him, punch him, or shove him down. They
seem to be in position, as he whips right past them like the wind. It
always troubled me how he did it. I mean, 28 Sacks in two seasons in the
SEC is beyond amazing. Then I finally saw one of his tricks in the Bowl
Game. I also spotted his second trick at Georgia's Proday.
His first trick
is startling simplistic, and also explains why he often struggles against
the smaller blockers. The smaller RBs and squat FBs, and sometimes TEs,
give him more trouble when he is rushing the QB than the top OLTs in
the SEC. I wrote about this a lot in the Brandon Graham Tape (I'll try and
find it online, and
put up a link here). Graham was so great at attacking the
O-Tackles forearms. He never let them get their big mitts on him. What
Jones does that is similar in that he attacks O-Tackles elbows better than
anyone I've seen. Plus, he does it a little different. He
blast off the LOS so low that O-Tackles have to reach down to try and grab
him, and when Jones is leaning and bending around the Corner he is a foot
or two off the ground. What he does is he grabs the O-Tackle's elbow, and
instep of slapping them off, he shoves them up. I call this the Jarvis
Power-Under move. I have never seen anyone do that before.
It seems so
simple, but in practice is so impossible at the same time. He gets under to
the O-Tackles pads, and shoves their arms up with impossible balance and violence.
He has the quickest hands I have every seen on a passrusher. Shoving their
arms up, also drives him down and further under them. Then he is turning,
sometimes with his arms up still shoving their arms up or Ripping past, and he is gone
like a gust wind you weren't sure you even felt. If he keeps his balance,
it has proven to be an unstoppable move. Watch how many times he crosses
right in front of blockers who should have their hands extended right
through him like he is a ghost, and yet don't seem to even touch him,
mysteriously. That is the reason. He shoves their elbows up with truly
amazing balance, power, and violence.
that makes him so special, and makes his two tricks so special is that he doesn't
punch, chop, or just shove the arms up or off him, he grabs them and pulls
himself past the blockers, while pulling them behind him. So he is using
the weight and size of the blockers against them, better than anyone I
have ever seen. It is the most common move in rushing the QB. The whole
point of the old Push-Pull is that you pull the blocker to the side, by
hold his shirt and you pull your body to the opposite side. So by pulling
him left, you are propelling yourself to the right at the same time. He does
that, only he pushes up and himself down and past the O-Tackle. That is as
difficult to do as anything I have ever seen on the football
The other thing
he does, is he grabs both elbows on the side (on his Power-Under move he
grabs the bottom of the elbows). It is a variation of the old Push-Pull.
Only he pushes and pulls on the O-Tackles arms. He shoves the O-Tackles
arms to his left or inside. Only he is holding onto his arms not just
chopping, and he pulls his body forward while exploding the O-Tackles arms
back. Then he is at the OLT's outside shoulder, turning, and the OLT's
arms are on the wrong side of his body. It is sensationally difficult to
do. And sensationally effect when he is successful. That is why you keep
seeing him crisscross right in the face of blockers, when they
should have no trouble grabbing his shirt. He out draws blockers with his
quick hands 90% of the time. He has the quickest hands I have ever
you will notice is that he plays a whole hell of a lot faster than 4.9.
Georgia plays a lot of 3-4, and he will line up all over the formation.
Here he is at ROLB. One thing about Jones is that he is a terrific hand
fighter. Between his explosion, quickness, and slipperiness he is near
impossible for O-Linemen to block. Watch how he heads up field and looks
to slap off the OLT's hands as he cut inside. He sees the swing pass to
Lacy, and crosses right in front of the OLT's face, again. Neither time
did Alabama's great OLT get a hand on him, and he will be a 1st Round pick
next year. He gets outside in the Flat in a flash. Lacy cuts back against
his momentum very nicely (one of the reason I like the Pats taking him, he
has such great feet and vision;-). Jones grabs him and takes him down
(0:01). He is so slippery out in space that it is hard to quantify. How do
you say O-Tackles just can't see to touch him. He has that knack for
bursting to open green. It seems silly and lucky, but he does it play
after play after play. He uses his quick feet to keep the O-Tackle off
balance, and uses his quick hands to keep their big mitts off of him (was
that just the first play of the game;-).
he is setting the edge against the TE Williams, who is an excellent
blocker. He allows Williams to hold his shirt until Lacy is charging
straight up field then just disengages so naturally (0:11). LOLB, he stops
his momentum because he sees the play action. You can see how slippery he
is as he works his way towards the QB. Williams just can't seem to get
a hand on him (0:15). That was excellent shadow boxing by Williams. He is
such a good pass blocker.
he is Twisting inside. He turns speed to power. He knocks the ORT back who has
hundred pounds on him. But, once Jones latches on the rush is over (0:26). ROLB, tries to
slide inside to get in front of Lacy, but gets caught by Williams.
Williams is rising in my eyes. But Jones bursts up field, pushes off the long armed Fluker, and beats him to the Corner. That is not 4.9 speed. He TTC, and gets punched down by Fluker's
massive size and strength. He sticks his hand in the turf and holds his balance
with remarkable agility (0:42). He finds a lane to the QB, but the ball is
gone. That is a great finesse rush against the best power blocker in this
Draft. His hands are so quick that you often miss it. His first shove
off of Fluker is such a lightning flash of brilliant hands that you can't
even see it. He has the quickest hands in the West.
he is going for Fluker again. The way he can stop and start right in the
O-Tackle's face, while knocking his arms off his shirt is nothing short of
remarkable (0:54). How did this guy run a 4.9? Watch this explosion off
the snap that puts Fluker on his butt. Lacy comes over and doubles him. He
hits Lacy back, and splits two of the best college football players, to hit the
QB (1:01). You have to see this to believe it. He is lines up outside of
Williams, and still blasts off past Fluker who has to dive at his legs. It
doesn't even slow him down as he lowers his head into Lacy, which knocks him
back. He uses the impact to turns into McCarron. Watch the second burst as
he regains his balance, spots the QB, and pounces on him to Force the
Fumble (1:08). Good golly Ms. Molly that is a phenomenal play. You have to
be careful sometimes with who the prospect is playing against. He is
playing against the best here. Fluker has him by a hundred pounds (240 to
340, LOL), and Lacy has the Corner shut off. You can see right here, Lacy
sticks his shoulder pad right into Jones' face. He takes the uppercut and
still makes the big play. You can see him punch the ball out from this
angle (1:19). This is going to take a while. I get genuinely giddy when I
watch this kid play.
here he is Setting the Edge perfectly, and making the tackle. He does not allow blocker to latch
onto him (1:31). They snap the ball, and he is 4-yards upfield before
anyone else can do anything. Then he stays to the side of he RB perfectly, getting into position to tackle
him, without giving up the edge. BB could not have taught that better
(1:40). Watch this perfect play out in space (1:48). Right there, you see
it all the time. Rushers get stuck in the middle. He is in no man's land
and Lacy is looking to rush past him. Not only does he recover, he punches
off Mr. Warmack like he is Ms Warmack, and hits Lacy in the side (1:49).
Most think Warmack is a top ten pick (I don't), but he couldn't even touch
him here. He is the best I've ever seen at attacking a blocker's arms and
not letting anyone latch onto him. He crossed right in front of the guy
that most think is the best Guard in this Draft, twice.
can see him give a nice subtle inside shoulder shimmy, but it doesn't work
(1:57). Watch how quickly he works his way through traffic to get in front
of the RB (2:04). He beats the OLT to the Corner with explosion and speed,
but just can't turn it (2:12). Watch the nice first step as he blast off
the line. You can see him attack the arms with perfect form, and then slip
to the ground (2:20). I call him a finesse rusher, but he is tough
as nails and stronger than he looks. He takes a lot of big hits, and keeps
gets stoned by Williams. That is not easy to do. A team like the Bills is
going to see this Tape and convert Williams into a Tackle like Jason Peters
(2:25). LOLB, this is not a finesse play. Watch him get under Williams and
power him up and out. That is a great power play from the best finesse
rusher in this draft. He stays to the side of the RB perfectly, and dives
on him for the Tackle (2:36). His ability, or lack there of, to play the
run has been greatly exaggerated. You can run at him. He is not the best
right at the point of attack. He showed that in a few games. Otherwise, he
is pure quickness and speed finding the ball carrier with amazing
tenacity. He is the best OLB at Setting the Edge in this Draft. He slices
through blocker to get in on tackles all the time.
OLT is able to latch onto him, which is not easy to do. He punches his way
out of it, and spins down field after Lacy (2:41). Here, they lined up
three blockers right in front of him so they can surround him. They have
set up a posse to cut him off at the pass, LOL.
Calling him a finesse rusher sometimes implies that is soft. He is not
soft at all. Two of the blockers attack him instantly. He still slices
inside and gets in front of Lacy, and forces him to try and bounce it
outside (2:52). That is a great run play! He doesn't make the
play, but he beats two blocker to force the RB to slow and cut when he
wanted to lower his head and hit the hole. That is just great.
um forget finesse, watch this assault on the OLT. Lacy tries to chip him
on the edge, so he has to turn into the OLT. Watch him jolt one of the top
prospects in the 2014 Draft back on his butt. That is just another great
display of power from the best no longer finesse rusher in the Draft (3:04). You can
see him staring to the inside. He knows Lacy is going up the gut. He runs
right to where Lacy went. I hate to call it a knack, but he seems to know.
He too consistently seems to know what is going to happen before it
happens (3:12). He gets doubled by the OLT and the TE Williams, and gets
knocked to the ground (3:22). However, he is able to hop up and also
recover the fumble. That is another reason I don't like to the word
finesse. He takes a beating and jumps up and attacks over and over again.
Alabama is lining up two TEs on Jones side consistently now. Williams isn't
even taking his eyes off of Jones at all. He Sets the Edge nicely with his
long arms, and forces the RB inside. That is what he is suppose to do
(3:41). Williams lines up right in front of Jones again. Saban is not
dumb. He is not going to let an OLB take this win away from him. That is
nice call, have Williams slip out of the block into the Flat (3:50). TE inline in
front of Jones again. Jones get real low, Sets the Edge perfectly. Then slips the block and chases the RB (3:59). You can't coach it any
better than that.
TEs to Jones side. They both instantly put their hands up and attack
Jones. He powers and fights his way upfield to Set the Edge. He turns Lacy upfield
and doesn't allow him outside (4:14). Watch the double team attack him. He
bounces out, but turns perpendicular to the LOS and Sets the Edge. That
is what he is suppose to do. 35 misses the tackle and that is somehow
Jones fault. That is just wrong (4:23). He Twists inside, and gets in
front of the runner, and then gets beat by the stop and start move (4:48).
Here he is in coverage, and you can't do it any better than that. He
chucks the TE up, and gets position on him as he cuts outside (4:59).
Tough series for Jones, but he still plays it just the way it is coached.
You can't Set the Edge and make the tackle every time.
TEs lined up in front of him again. Saban is not letting Jones go one on
one with one of his great O-Tackles again. If you won't take my word for
it that he is the best rusher in the Draft, take Saban's. Jones is the
only player I ever saw Saban double so relentlessly. When a coach goes to
those length to try and stop a defender, that is the ultimate compliment. The inside TE takes him on. He
pushes him back, but he reaches out for RB. The TE knocks him down. That
was a good example of him not standing up when they run right at him
(5:06). He twists inside and scares the crap out of McCarron. Jones locks
onto the QB and doesn't see Yeldon coming over to block him. He gets
crushed. However, He scared McCarron out of the pocket and stopped the
play (5:15). Only McCarron is very good on his feet and gets outside and
turns the corner. McCarron has amazingly underrated feet, and is a
heck of a scrambler. I wasn't really paying attention to him much he wasn't
draft eligible. But after doing a couple of Tapes I am very impresses with
his athleticism and feet in the pocket.
on One with Fluker. He beats him around the Corner and flushes McCarron
out of the pocket again (5:23). Watch how badly he beats Fluker off the
snap. Fluker makes a great recovery, but that is explosion off the snap by
Jones (5:35). Both TEs in front of Jones again. He Set the Edge, and Lacy
cuts back (5:44). I thought he was going to get Lacy here. That was
a nice run by Lacy.
is another nice rush. He as been getting doubled to death by the TE. They
finally single him. Williams makes a real nice block protecting the
Corner. However, he can't get back into position when Jarvis stops and
starts (5:53). You can see McCarron actually turn away from his
receivers and look back to were Jones is trapped behind him. He sees Jones
breaks free, and tries to get away. You know you are the top passrusher in
the Draft, when the two time Champion QB stops looking down field because he
is so scared that you are behind him. A coverage Sack is still a Sack.
don't know how or why he ran a 4.9, other then he is obviously not a track
guy, but that is some serious speed around the first ORT to be talked
about in the 1st Round for a while (6:05). They bring the TE over and
he Sets the Edge (6:12). They line up the two TEs right in front of him
again. He might get pushed back when they run right at him, but he can be
surprisingly stout when they run inside him. He splits the Double, and
then drags them both inside to make the tackle (6:22). He gets caught
up between the FB and the TE. Catches Lacy flying inside. Watch the will of
a great player as he drags two bigger blockers to where he wants to
go (6:29). I know he got a lot of criticism for his run defense
in this game, but that was impressive. Although, he did abandon the Edge
play that belies his track speed. He curves around Fluker, spots Yeldon.
Then curves to the opposite side of the line to get in on the tackle
(6:34). Maybe he doesn't run in a straight line as fast as you'd
like, but he can run an arc faster than Saban likes (6:41). You see
this a lot with Jones. One thing he does that I think is brilliant is that
he knocks the O-Tackle's arms up, rather than down. This puts the
O-Linemen in a little unfamiliar territory. It also allows him to then duck
under their arms and dig out a path to the QB (6:48). He doesn't duck
their, but watch how high up he shoves Fluker's massive arms. That is what
really makes him so special in the SEC.
his shoulder square as he shuffles down the line, and his arms extended to
hold off the TE with his hands. Nobody plays better with their hands and
feet in combination in this Draft than Jones (7:04). Alabama sets up the
double team with Williams and Yeldon (7:11). You can really see his heavy
hands here. He pushes Williams up and off balance as he Set the Edge. Then
he Pulls him down and to the outside, as he sees the RB go inside. He
shrugs him off, uses his weight against him (7:18). That is as good as it
gets when it comes to using your hands, hips, and feet together for power,
leverage, and balance. He completely controlled the much bigger Williams
with his hands on that play.
the Edge, and Lacy steaks past him (7:28). Here he pops the TE up and off
his body. He sees Lacy burst inside.
He loops or Arcs around the end of the line and pops Lacy. Unfortunately Lacy sneaks out of his tackle (7:43). Watch
Lacy use his helmet here as a weapon
(inside the tackle box? 7:57;-). This is not an indictment of Jones. There
are four defenders with their hands on Lacy. This is a stunningly great
play by Lacy. That is why I would have no problem with him at 27.
Sets the Edge and Lacy cuts back inside (8:06). He Sets the Edge, and Lacy
Smashes through the line (8:12). You can keep focusing in on it, but his
job is to Set the Edge (8:23). That is called Setting the Edge. He has
outside responsibility. He jams him inside and then grabs him outside
(8:32). It's funny because that is as much a bad play as a great play. He
gives up the Edge to stop Lacy bulling inside again. When he does that he gives
up his position. Lacy sees it and hops outside (8:42). Unfortunately
for Lacy, nobody hops outside quicker than Jones. That was a truly great play
stopping him at the point and hopping back to the edge. The only nit worth
picking is that he gave up the edge to stop him from Smashing through the line again.
No coach would complain about his giving up position there (only a jerk-balls
like me would;-).
does a nice job Setting the Edge. He powers Williams up and back with his
great burst off the line, and forces Yeldon inside. But he just can't
reach him (8:50). You really get a good look here. He powers
Williams back. Then hops to the outside. Yeldon is staring at Jones
the whole way to read his block. He is able to turn him inside. Then
shrug off Williams, but Yeldon cutback inside further than he thought (9:03). That
is a great run by Yeldon. This kid is going to be great. He might end up
better than Richardson. Maybe?
does a nice job using his shoulder pads to get inside position on the TE,
but it is a Dive (9:10). Here he is forcing the RB inside again.
He shrugs off the TE nicely once Yeldon commits to the cutback. But he can't
catch him. It looks like he was blocked out by his teammate (9:17). He
hustle down the line in backside pursuit, but just can't reach him again (9:25). He
looks a lot faster than 4.9 here. He flies by Shawn Williams (9:34). Gets
trapped outside by the big guy (9:40). He gets blown off the
line here. He doesn't Set the Edge. The two TEs give him the
corner (9:46). He knocks Williams up, but in doing so he gets high
himself. This allows the H-Back to get under his pads. Then they grab
his shirt, outside the shoulder pads, and pull him out of bounds. Upon
further review, that was a clear Hold (9:58). He got a lot of heat
for this game. But they didn't run at him, they ran inside of him. Until
that play. That was clearly his worst play of the game.
Sets the Edge here. However, you can see he is tired or hurt, as he doesn't
really pursue for the first time. (10:04). Sets the Edge nicely, and
gets in on the tackle. That was a terrific play (10:12). He is such a
tough guy. You can see when the two TEs knocked out of bounds they clearly
hurt him somewhere. He struggled on the next play, but then shrugged off
the injury and made a great play on the next.
Watch him hop
outside of Williams. Punch his outside shoulder to turn him, and get up
field. Watch him use his hands, hips, and feet here with terrific torque
as he tosses Williams aside, and jumps into Lacy for the big tackle
(10:23). You can see in slow motion from the back angle that Jones
makes first contact and grabs his legs, not Jenkins (10:27). That is a
truly great play for a power passrusher.
tries to slice between Fluker and the Fullback. He gets chipped anyway at a
bad angle, and it takes him out (10:31). He hops around the TE
outside of Fluker. Then he pounds him into the line like he's a nail. But
that lets Yeldon outside and he gets the 1st down (10:39). Watch the
burst into the FB/H-B (10:48). Then he punches his arms up, and gives
a great uppercut (10:50). That is a great physical play, but he
abandons the Edge, and lets Yeldon bounce outside.
fights Fluker tooth and nail. But if you let Fluker grab shirt, he is too
big to power through (11:02). Sets the Edge nicely this time, and gets
in on the tackle when Yeldon cuts inside. That is not easy to do.
(11:12). Too much traffic for backside pursuit (11:20). Gets
caught not Setting the Edge again. That is a bad play (11:27). You
can see he has the outside shoulder of Williams, but he thinks Yeldon is
going to cut back inside. So he pushes off and gets the inside shoulder.
Then Williams does a nice job of catching him and not letting him get back to
his outside shoulder again (11:36). That is a tiny difference between
playing it right and not getting in on the play, and playing it wrong and
maybe making the play on the inside (I think I just confused myself;-).
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