Manu Tuilagi has been called up to the England training squad for the Six Nations encounter against Wales on March 12.
The Leicester Tigers centre has not represented his country since June 2014 due to a combination of injury and suspension.
"He has to keep working on his fitness and he is going to be a valuable player for England," said Jones.
"I think 12 is his best position. He can carry the ball off the gain line and he's got the ability to catch and pass.
"He's got all the attributes to be an outstanding 12. If you look at it on pure athleticism Manu is not far behind Nonu at all. He starts from a good situation and it depends how hard he works on his game and how desperate he is to play for England."
England squad: Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Paul Hill (Northampton Saints), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Alex Goode (Saracens), Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)