At this time last year, Dwight Jones was considered one of the best wide receiver prospects in college football. Despite average quarterback play at North Carolina, Jones was coming off a season of 62 receptions for 946 yards.
He didn't necessarily disappoint in 2011 with 85 catches for 1,196 yards and 12 touchdowns. But it was clear that as a prospect that Jones had flaws. He struggled to gain separation and simply wasn't a playmaker on the outside. There were questions about Jones' on-field effort and he struggled during the offseason draft process at the Senior Bowl and Combine.
Because of his flaws, most expected Jones to slide in the draft. Not only did he slide, he outright fell out of the draft and signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent. But still, Jones landed in a fortuitous situation. The Texans like big wide receivers and needed one opposite star Andre Johnson. Jones was so confident in his situation, he claimed himself to
Texans undrafted receiver Dwight Jones informed the team he didn't want to play football anymore— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) May 29, 2012
Although there is a chapter to this story yet to be told, (did he quit the Texans or football altogether?) quitting is quitting. But with Jones, maybe we should have foreseen his lack of passion.
As someone who runs a draft site, it's sometimes impossible to get a proper feel for a player's work ethic. But when a regarded player like Jones up and quits, it makes you question others. It especially makes you question Jones' former Tar Heels teammates. Any red flag on a player will now carry more weight, fair or not.