Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive linesman Barrett Jones (75) pushes quarterback A.J. McCarron (10) during the second half of the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Draft Prospect Watch: Barrett Jones Might Start on PUP List

A lot of Chicago Bears fans have had their eye on Alabama center Barrett Jones.  As a four-year starter for the Crimson Tide while playing center, guard and tackle his versatility jumped off the screen.  He showed his no-BS approach when he shoved quarterback AJ McCarron in the National Championship game made Bears fans think this is just the guy to keep Jay Cutler in line.

Jones suffered the dreaded lisfranc injury in the SEC Championship against the Georgia Bulldogs and played through it during the National Championship game but had to have surgery in the offseason.  He did not participate in the Scouting Combine and many scouts don’t believe that he will be ready to start the 2013 season.  

Scouts told WalterFootball.com that their teams believe Jones won’t be ready for the start of training camp and will probably start out his NFL career on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list. Being injured and unable to work out for scouts has definitely hurt Jones’ draft stock according to scouts.

Understandably, it’s caused his draft stock to plummet.

Sources believe that the uncertainty about when Jones will be able to take the field is hurting teams’ comfort with drafting him. Scouts said they believe that he could make it into the third round, but could easily be a fourth-round pick.

If Jerry Angelo were still Bears GM, I’d be getting a jump on a Jones jersey, but I’m not so sure that Phil Emery will take a chance on a pre-injured player.  The talent is definitely there and the toughness and leadership are unquestioned, but with so few draft picks in 2013, would Jones be worth a risk for the Bears, even if it’s a fourth round pick as WalterFootball suggests?   Could this turn out to be a steal of a draft pick?  What do you think Bears fans?  Should the Bears take him off their “Emery Board” or is he worth the risk?  Let’s hear your comments.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/svein.thomsen Svein Thomsen

    If he makes to the Bears’ 3rd round pick, which I hope Emery will aquire by trading down in the 1st, it’s a no-brainer for me. Our interior line is a mess.

    • Antoine

      If he’s available in the 5th rd of course we have too many needs to take him in the 4th considering we don’t have a 3rd. I would love to see us trade down but getting Alec Ogletree at 20 will be the only thing that will make me not miss Urlacher.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DraconWolf Jerry Richardson

    Definitely woth the gamble if he is still available with a 3rd or 4th round pick. Even if he can’t start until halfway thru the season….his talent his obovious nd he will make a greaat lineman for any team.

  • John Mack

    “I’m not so sure that Phil Emery will take a chance on a pre-injured player.”

    uhhh…Brandon Hardin anyone? Missed the entire 2011 season and only played in the East-West Shrine Game.

    Shea McClellin getting drafted with a concussion history right? I don’t think injury will stop Emery.

    Sorry Boom, not trying to be a dick.

    • BearGogglesOn

      No worries. Call me out when I screw up! Someone’s got to keep me on my toes! I forgot about Hardin until after I wrote the post and didn’t recall the McClellin concussion thing. Good points!

  • Antoine

    This would be a perfect pick for our 5th or 6th pick.

    • BearGogglesOn

      Don’t think he’ll make it that far down. Would be a steal there no doubt.