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Broncos have private meeting with Houston LT Josh Jones

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The interest in a blindside protector is real.

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Jones is widely considered one of the more promising pass blockers in this class.
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According to SB Nation’s Justin Melo, the Broncos have conducted a private meeting with Houston left tackle Josh Jones.

When speaking with Melo he told me that the meeting occurred today and that Mike Munchak was on the call, as well as other members of the coaching staff. This is the second known meeting between the Broncos and Jones, as Mile High Report’s Jeff Essary reported that the two met at the Senior Bowl.

Jones is widely considered OT5 in this draft class by most in the National Media. It seems notable that as best I’ve been able to find, the Broncos have not met with two of the tackles most rank above him: Andrew Thomas and Mekhi Becton.

Jones is very experienced on the blindside, having played 45 games over his collegiate career, all at left tackle. While the competition at Houston isn’t quite what players like Jedrick Wills faced in the SEC, Jones was rock solid in pass protection this past season.

Like Austin Jackson and Ezra Cleveland, Jones has nice feet and looks like a natural mirroring opponents. But he’s farther along in his development and has far better hand usage. In the NFL he will need to get stronger and improve his technique as a run blocker, but the tools are there for him to be a cornerstone of his next offensive line.