"He can move with it, too," Ross said, adding that Jones had a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown last season against Mississippi State last year.
Ross said Jones had "the best pure hands" of any position in the draft. "You can really see the baseball hand-eye coordination catching the football. He can really catch it."
He can also play in the box and in coverage, and at 225 is big enough to serve as a nickel safety replacing a linebacker. Ross called him an "explosive" hitter who can also play either safety spot. "You see him in single-high stuff," he said.
"He can be 230 because he's still not developed in his upper body and chest," Ross said. "You don't want to get too developed with the baseball stuff. So he could probably carry 230 easily. He may not want to be that big. The way they play the college linebackers these days, he's bigger than a lot of them who are barely six feet, 220 pounds."
So the Giants ended the evening with two more defensive players, but not a middle linebacker. Ross dropped a hint as to why, calling Linval Joseph and Jones "value picks." Young value, at that. All three picks, including yesterday's top pick, Jason Pierre-Paul, are juniors with more potential than experience.
It could explain in part why the Giants didn't go after what most people considered a good looking Penn State linebacker in Sean Lee.
"What we've done so far is, we've gotten value picks," Ross said. "I don't want to say this (middle linebacker) class was weak," Ross said. "There was McClain, and then there was a big dropoff. We didn't have a lot of guys with high value at that position."