Despite not playing his first six games as a freshman, Jones earned Freshman All America honors for his play over the last half of the season. He spent time at right tackle and left guard as a sophomore, before shuffling between right and left tackle as a junior.
The experience and versatility to play both tackle spots and guard is Jonesí best asset. To be able to play all offensive line spots at a high level in the Big Ten is quite a feat. He is equally adept at pass and run blocking. He is a finesse blocker that sets up quickly at the snap, and shows good balance throughout the play to move his defender any direction he wants. Jones is tough and a team leader that will do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Despite his success at various spots, Jones may not have one ideal position in the NFL. He lacks ideal size and strength to project to one spot. He may not have the athleticism to play tackle, and lacks the power at the point of attack to play inside at guard.
Mike Jones is a player whose experience, versratility, and success will find him a home in the NFL. He will have to show the ability to play one set position though in the NFL if he hopes to start. He does not have the skills to fit in a power running scheme, but could project well in a zone blocking scheme.