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Undrafted free agent Dwight Jones declares himself the next Andre Johnson

04/30/2012 at 7:41 pm By

 

 

As a junior Dwight Jones was an honorable mention All-ACC selection after leading the North Carolina Tar Heels with 62 catches for 946 yards. His 233 yards against Florida State in 2010 is the second most in school history. In 2011 Jones topped his numbers from the previous season by leading the conference in receptions (85) and touchdowns (12) in addition to having 1,196 yards. He recorded five games with 100+ yards receiving, including a season-high 138 against Wake Forest. Jones’ reception total in his senior season is the fifth-highest in ACC history.

After a standout season things started to not go in Jones’ favor leading up to the NFL draft.  He reportedly didn’t perform well at the scouting combine and was banned by UNC from attending the school’s pro day. After not being selected in last week’s draft Jones signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans.

In an interview with SportsRadio 610 in Houston the former Tar Heel spoke about what we can expect from him in his rookie season.

“I’m telling you right now,” Jones said. “The steal of the draft. Dwight Jones - the next Andre Johnson. You’re looking at him – 6’4″, 230 (pounds). Houston, stand up. Let’s go Texans.

“I know what I’m capable of. Turn on the film, and you’ll see a playmaker.”

Later, Jones was asked to make a prediction.

“They can expect Dwight Jones to be starting as an (undrafted) free agent in the NFL his rookie year,” he said.

Besides the original Andre Johnson the Texans have Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones as established members of the receiving corps. They also selected DeVier Posey (Ohio State) in the third round and Keyshawn Martin (Michigan State) in the fourth round to add to the depth chart. Jones will no doubt head into workouts with a chip on his shoulder, but will he be starting this fall?
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