Kyler Murray was sacked 50 times last season. Although some of those are due to his scrambling and extending plays, protecting him was a priority for the Cardinals. They took a step in the right direction selecting tackle Josh Jones on day two of the draft.
Jones is raw and his technique needs some work, but he always finds a way to protect the quarterback. He clearly improved as last season went on, and he appears to be very coachable.
Jones has the traits and talent to become a future starter for the Cardinals if he continues to develop with coaching. He was a second-team all-conference selection his senior year despite only starting the team’s first nine games at left tackle due to a knee injury.
That injury will be a concern, but Jones likely won’t be asked to contribute right away. He should be able to learn behind Marcus Gilbert and DJ Humphries in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense.