Report: NC State S Josh Jones To Visit Steelers

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).

About the Author

Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • Steelers12

    Let’s stay from all players with the last name Jones.

  • Steelers12

    Can i name drop Obi again?

  • Spencer Krick

    Who’s your favorite day 2 edge rusher?

  • Alan Tman

    What kind of draft pick do you think we could get for M. Mitchell?

  • Burgh Ball

    a chipped ham sandwich and a bag of chips?

  • Alan Tman

    I think Greg Williams would love this guy.

  • T3xassteelers

    Lol..That last name is cursed right now.. Damn you Landry and Jarvis!!

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Well one thing is for sure if they really love a tweener guy (as far as round goes) they have an extra pick as potential tradebait to move up and get them.

  • Steelers12

    I love Derek rivers but i don’t know if he makes it to 2nd round. I also like Mathis, Basham, fields, charelton and smoot off the top of my head. I do not like barnett

  • Steelers12

    Lol

  • Josh Gustad

    Why would you wanna give up Mitchell??

  • Josh Gustad

    If only he’d fall to us in the third.

  • PaeperCup

    You have Taco second day huh? I don’t disagree, I don’t find him to be really special, but most people have him definitely as a first rounder.

  • PaeperCup

    Fast and strong

  • Steelers12

    i do believe he will eventually go in 1st round do his to his size but i wouldn’t be shocked to see him fall to 2nd round

  • steelburg

    I said it the other day, this guy is a nice option outside the first round IMO. He got a better draft grade then Obi got and he put up some pretty good numbers. The hype train is 100 percent behind OBI but one could easily argue that Jones is just as good if not better right now.

  • Applebite

    Josh is not one of the ‘Joneses”.
    He’s actually an improvement on Mike Mitchell.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’d definitely make an exception for Joshy here…

    3rd time’s a charm???

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Don’t forget jacoby

  • PaeperCup

    hmmmm, what kind of chips?

  • SnoopDogg123

    Big fan, he’s a striker.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I really like this kid. Been anticipating his draft profile. He had a really good Combine. I personally DO think he has been one of the most “under the radar” guys on some of the sites I’ve seen. Quite a few people on here have been keen, though. I said this after the Combine:

    “I was impressed by Josh Jones. He put up 20 reps on the bench press.. Which was 5th most. Showcased his speed with a 4.41 40-yard dash, the fastest time recorded from any safety in this year’s class. Good size at 6’1 220. Had a nice 37.5 Vert. Added an impressive 11.0″ Broad Jump. I personally thought he was one of the most pleasant surprises of the day. He looked really good in the drills and displayed fine ball skills all day. All that and he looked well built. I thought he hit a homerun.”

    I like Josh for a number of reasons. Top of the list, as always for us now, has to be that versatility. He can play FS, SS, or be a Hybrid LB/S. Big, strong, fast, athletic, smart. What more could you ask for, really? And so of course, New England has showed a ton of interest in this kid, Pre-draft already. He’s a big hitter. Has a little Jack Tatum to him. Which is both good and bad, for obvious reasons. I’d use him all over if we got him. And that would include as a LB in some of the sub-packages.

    If you like Obi, and we either miss out or pass on him, take a hard look at Josh. No, he doesn’t have some of the same freaky characteristics of Obi, but he is no slouch. And he may be able to be gotten at 62 (2nd Rd) which makes his value that much nicer.

  • Darth Blount 47

    A critical question indeed.

  • Steelers12

    Lol in darth we trust

  • Darth Blount 47

    Funny, cause NFL dot com says Josh compares most to “Mike Mitchell.”
    I think I agree a bit more with you than I do them…

  • PaeperCup

    I was going to say he’s like a Mike Mitchell clone…Good and Bad.

    Same height and weight. Similar speed 4.40. Mike did 22 reps on bench. Exactly the same 37.5 in vert, shorter 10’3” broad.

  • T3xassteelers

    LOL how could I forget about him!

  • AndyR34

    Very easily…he hardly showed in Pgh. But I’m sure Coach Mike doesn’t forget him! LOL!

  • AndyR34

    I haven’t had a chipped ham sandwich in forever! Need to go back to the burgh!

  • AndyR34

    Been my 2nd choice after Obi if we miss on him!

  • T3xassteelers

    The ONLY thing I remember about him here is that muffed KR that put us on the like 3 yard line -__-

  • Jason

    There was more than 1 muffed kick

  • Jason

    Next to nothing considering he’s terrible.

  • TsarPepe

    If I count all the players that “won’t make it to Day 2”, according to peeps on here, it will be enough for at least 3 draft rounds.

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah a few punts too haha

  • Conserv_58

    Statistically speaking, he’s Mike Mitchell redux.

  • Conserv_58

    He is not terrible. He may not be Troy or Ryan Clark, but he is a very smart, tough, instinctual and physical player. His biggest negative is his lack of elite speed.

  • Conserv_58

    Yeesh! I don’t know if there was ever a player who’s skills plummeted faster than his did. The Steelers’ equipment manager could have done a better job returning kicks than he did.

  • Conserv_58

    Then again, there is Julio.

  • T3xassteelers

    Haha.. for every Julio, there are a dozen Jarvis’ 🙂

  • Burgh Ball

    It would be Wise to choose Wise

  • Brandon Campbell

    Unless his first name is Julio!