Minnesota Vikings 2020 NFL Draft Profile: Josh Jones – OT

(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) Josh Jones
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Josh Jones
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With a run expected to hit offensive tackles early in the 2020 NFL Draft, can the Minnesota Vikings land him with the 25th overall pick?

Josh Jones stands out athletically in a class that is loaded with athletic and powerful offensive linemen. The University of Houston is not a powerhouse football program, but it has produced some NFL talent in recent drafts.

Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum is one of a handful of former Cougars to play in the NFL. Jones hopes to be the second Cougar in as many years to be a first-round draft pick, following Ed Oliver in 2019.

As this year’s NFL Draft nears, Jones is getting more and more attention as a developmental tackle. He passes the eye test as an athletically-gifted left tackle who can win in space. His size and physical measurements are ideal for a young left tackle and his name is really heating up.

After redshirting his freshman season, Jones entered the starting lineup in 2016. He was a full-time starter for the rest of his collegiate career, missing just two games due to injury during his four-year stint as a starter.

Jones is considered a bit of a project, but he has a ton of potential as he heads into the NFL. A good coach and situation around him will help him develop into a star left tackle in the near future.

Josh Jones – OT (Houston)

Height: 6-foot-5 | Weight: 319 pounds


  • Excellent in space
  • Great overall athlete
  • Favorable length
  • Has the tools to become a high-end tackle
  • Physical traits stand out
  • Has shown improvement as a blocker in the run game already


  • Needs to clean up his footwork and overall technique
  • Size distribution can hurt him against quicker rushers
  • Scheme fit will be vital early in his career
  • Not a polished player entering the draft

Why he could fall:

There will be run on offensive tackles. However, Jones is not nearly as polished as a prospect and lacks experience against top-tier talent in live-action.

Why he could rise:

Teams will continue to fall in love with his athleticism and raw potential at a premium position. With the top-four tackles off the board, Jones could hear his name even earlier than expected due to need and his high ceiling.

NFL Draft Projection:

I believe Josh Jones is a first-round player and will be selected before the opening night of the draft wraps up. The positional value will definitely be a factor on draft night.

Projection: Mid-to-late first-round pick