During that senior season, Allen’s half brother Zach Maynard came in as a transfer from Buffalo and became the starting quarterback. Maynard and Allen had a strong rapport from growing up together and despite Jones having a better season than his sophomore or junior seasons, was ultimately overshadowed by the new number one receiver, sophomore Allen.
“They had a special connection, but I’m all about the team and all about the opportunities that were presented to me. Whenever the ball was thrown to me, I was gonna go up there and get it. It all worked out. It was kind of a humbling experience to me being the number one for so long, but that’s how it is.”
Jones finished his senior year, in which he was named one of four senior captains, with 62 receptions for 846 yards and three touchdowns while Allen had 98 receptions for 1343 yards and six touchdowns. Jones graduated from Cal in just three and a half years in December with a degree in African American Studies.
Marvin was initially a Senior Bowl snub, but after some injuries forced other players to drop out, he was a late addition. Jones made the most of his opportunity, and in this writer’s opinion, had perhaps the best week of any prospect.
“Being a late add, I was jumping off the walls when I got the add because there was so much I felt I had to show to scouts and the media and everybody. I thought that was a great experience for me to get out there and show that I am an all around player and I can do some great things at the next level.”
At the Senior Bowl, Jones got to show his all around game against some of the best prospects in the country, while also having the opportunity to work with the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff. Jones also talked to almost every team down in Mobile, whether it was meeting with a scout after practice, going over some plays on paper, or having a formal meeting with team personnel.
Jones is now training at the Fischer Sports center in Phoenix, Arizona in preparation for the combine. He chose Fischer Sports for their blue collar approach to each prospect. He hadn’t run a 40 yard dash since high school and wanted some personal attention when it came to training for that combine workout.
“I’m not too fond of the bells and whistles and people selling you things that they probably don’t do. Fischer Sports is perfect, what we do over there is we work on a lot of core strength and a lot of muscles that personally I didn’t think I had.”
Marvin recently ran a 4.44 training and hopes to get his 40 time as low in the 4.4s as possible. He said that anything below a 4.45 is his goal in Indianapolis.
He’s talked to some of his former teammates at Cal, including Patriots running back Shane Vereen about what to expect from the draft process.
They told him, “It goes fast in the beginning, then it slows down. After the combine and pro day it’s pretty much a month and a half of a waiting game. You never know what’s going to happen. You’re trying to figure out what area is buzzing about you, where you’ll most likely go. Just keep a level head and don’t think too much into it. You’re gonna go where you’re meant to go.”
Jones said that his all around game is what sets him apart from other WRs in this draft. He says he can go over the middle, catch the ball in traffic and line up out of the slot. He also prides himself on making spectacular plays when the game is on the line.
Another thing Marvin prides himself on is his strong hands. He said that catching the ball has always come naturally to him because of his competitive nature.
At Cal under Coach Tedford, Jones got the experience of playing under a pro style offense. He has experience running option routes, changing his route depending on what coverage he’s facing and he says he can run the whole route tree. That could be a tremendous help coming to a team like the Patriots, who themselves expect players to be able to read defenses and make changes mid-play.
Marvin said that playing in the NFL was always a dream of his, but it didn’t seem real until he was in high school and major FBS schools started contacting him.
“When the offers started to pour in, that’s when it kind of sunk in that I could actually play in the NFL.”
That dream will be coming true soon in April. Jones hopes to continue to prove to scouts that his Senior Bowl wasn’t a fluke this week at the combine.
“It’s all about what you do on the field. I’m just trying to work on my craft and be better and
prove at the combine that I’m consistent and that i have all the tools to be a next level receiver.”
Listen to Marvin Jones talk about some of his skills as a wide receiver, including his body control on the sideline, how he gets separation and which current NFL players he might compare himself to: