A closer look: WR TJ Jones

Posted May 10, 2014

Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara share their thoughts on the Lions' sixth-round selection of wide receiver TJ Jones

Round 6, pick 189

WR T.J. Jones, Notre Dame

5-11 1/2, 188, 4.48

College career: A productive, four-year player for the Irish and a full-time starter his last three seasons. He led the team in receiving in 2013 with 70 catches for 1,108 yards and 9 TDs, with a 15.8-yard average per catch. He also returned 14 punts for 106 yards. For his career he had 181 catches and 19 TDs and was a team captain in 2013.

Family football tree: His father, Andre Jones, who died in 2011, played six games for the Detroit Lions in 1992 and was a defensive end on Notre Dame’s 1988 national championship team. His uncle, Philip Daniels, played defensive end in the NFL for 14 seasons with three teams. T.J.’s godfather is Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, a star receiver for Notre Dame from 1988-91 who played in the CFL and NFL.

Lions receiver depth chart: Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate are the starting receivers. Kris Durham, Jeremy Ross and Kevin Ogletree were active last year and return as backups. Ryan Broyles (injured reserve in 2013), Patrick Edwards, Corey Fuller and Cody Wilson (practice squad 2013) are back. Naaman Roosevelt was signed in the offseason.

Scout’s take from Nolan Nawrocki’s Draft Report: “He’s ideal in the slot. That’s where he’ll make his mark.”

Mike O’Hara’s take: The fact that Jones had production in a major program gives him a chance. His family’s football background could be a help.There’s an opening for a backup with sure hands. He has a chance to grab it.

Tim Twentyman’s take: Jones has terrific hands, just like new teammate Golden Tate, who also went to Notre Dame. Jones joked on his conference call with reporters that good hands is a Notre Dame thing. He has to get stronger, but he’s a guy who can play in the slot and be productive.