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4th Round - Charlie Jones - WR

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Charlie Jones



Prospect Info

Deerfield, IL
5’ 11’’
175 lbs

2023 Draft Results

Score Breakdown
Production Score
2023 Combine WR Rank: 7th
Athleticism Score *est
2023 Combine WR Rank: 11th
Total Score
2023 Combine WR Rank: 12th
40-Yard Dash
10-Yard Split
Vertical Jump
Broad Jump
10’ 4’’
Bench Press
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Jones began his collegiate career at Buffalo after starring at Deerfield High School in Illinois. As a redshirt freshman, he started one of 14 games played for the Bulls (18-395-21.9, three TDs receiving; 15-289-19.3 kick returns). Jones took his game to Iowa in 2019, walking on but sitting out the season due to NCAA transfer regulations. He received a scholarship in 2020 and served as a punt returner in eight contests (22-223-10.1, one TD), receiving second-team All-Big Ten Conference honors. Jones started 10 of 14 appearances at receiver for the Hawkeyes in 2021 (21-323-15.4, three TDs) and was named the conference Return Specialist of the Year (25-635-25.4, one TD kick returns; 37-285-7.7 punt returns). He transferred to Purdue for 2022, becoming one of the top receivers in the country by leading the FBS with 110 receptions, ranking second with a school-record 1,361 receiving yards (12.4 per) and fifth with 12 receiving scores. Jones was named a second-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-Big Ten pick, also returning kicks (5-78-15.6 kickoffs; 18-114-6.3 punts) in 13 starts before opting out of the team's bowl game to prepare for the draft. -- by Chad Reuter
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Exceptionally productive in his season at Purdue after transferring from Iowa, Jones will have trouble shedding tight, press-man coverage due to his lack of suddenness and blow-by speed. He possesses above average ball skills and has a feel for positioning and focus that creates a solid win rate on his contested catches. He can play zone-beater all day long and has the route savvy to keep improving his short-area separation. Jones is unlikely to work the deepest portions of the field but might find work in a possession-based passing game as a Day 3 draft pick.
  • Runs routes with hip sink and crisp cuts.
  • Generates good burst out of breaks.
  • Clever hand usage for late separation.
  • Bodies up defender, keeping catch space open.
  • Sustains focus with coverage draped over him.
  • Moves feet to work his way to the throw and catches with soft hands.
  • Consistently productive as kick and punt returner.
  • Weaknesses
    • Lacking suddenness to shake press.
    • Has trouble blowing by tight man coverage downfield.
    • Adjusts stride level, alerting coverage of impending break.
    • Has trouble uncovering consistently on all levels.
    • High percentage of tries are contested.
    • Catch radius is very modest.
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