Vols' Velus Jones Jr. to Tennessee Titans? He's already connected to AJ Brown, Julio Jones

Adam Sparks
Knoxville News Sentinel
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Tennessee Vols wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. doesn't know if the Tennessee Titans will draft him. 

But if they do, getting acquainted with Titans wide receivers A.J. Brown and Julio Jones won't be difficult.

Velus Jones knows at least one of them and shares the same hometown with another. At the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, he pointed out that familiarity and acknowledged he had spoken to the Titans.

"Me and A.J. know each other. We played against each other in the Mississippi-Alabama (high school all-star) game," Velus Jones said. "And you know Julio is a back-home guy from Mobile, Alabama. So that would be amazing, just to talk to those guys and get knowledge to add to my game.

"I think I'd fit in great."

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Brown and Velus Jones are 24 and were in the same 2015 recruiting class.

Brown, from Starkville, Mississippi, was the No. 4 ranked wide receiver in the class and signed with Ole Miss. Jones, from Mobile, was the No. 79 wide receiver and signed with Southern Cal.

Julio Jones, 33, was already starring at Alabama when Velus Jones was in middle school.

What Velus Jones thinks about Nashville

Jones, a 6-foot, 200-pounder, is a speedy wide receiver with a versatile skillset.

Tennessee wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. (1) runs the ball at the 2021 Music City Bowl NCAA college football game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.

He was a 2019 All-Pac-12 performer at Southern Cal and a 2021 All-SEC selection as an all-purpose player and return specialist at Tennessee. He spent three years with the Trojans and the past two years with the Vols.

"(Playing for the Titans) would be amazing. I really like Nashville. We played (the Music City Bowl) against Purdue in Nashville (at the Titans' Nissan Stadium)," Jones said.

"Actually, I love Nashville. I like the vibe from the people (there). That would be amazing to stay in the state of Tennessee."

In 2021, Jones had 62 receptions for 807 yards and seven TDs for Tennessee in the best season of his career. He finished last season as the FBS active leader with 2,973 kick return yards in his career and participated in the Senior Bowl.

The draft begins April 28. Jones will participate in drills at the combine during the NFL Network coverage of quarterbacks, tight ends and wide receivers from 4-11 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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