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Taiwan Jones (RB)
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Selected by: Oakland Raiders
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 28 (125)

Pick Analysis: Jones gives the Raiders a dynamic change-of-pace back to add to their rotation. He is explosive on the edge and has the burst to go the distance that the franchise has always coveted in running backs.
Combine Stats
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  • Bench Press13.0 reps
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Overview

Jones is an FCS-level prospect with the big-play ability to provide value as a backup running back but does not have the power, durability or ball security of an NFL starter. Is explosive and can take it the distance but doesn't have elite balance or elusiveness. Inconsistent reading and setting up blockers and locating backside holes but does a good job getting through seams in his vision. Could become a weapon in the passing game due to his speed, but his hands and ability to hold up in pass pro need to improve. Injury history should be investigated. Jones likely will hear his named called on Day 3.


Strengths

Jones has good speed and a frame with some growth potential left in it. Reaches top speed quickly and can hit the hole in a hurry. Possesses the ability to get to the corner. Has home run potential if he gets a crack. Fights for extra yards. Potential mismatch in the passing game.

Weaknesses

Currently lacks the bulk of an every-down NFL running back. Dances too much in the backfield at times. Does not always locate holes away from the play design. Does not possess the power to put his head down and drive defenders backwards. Struggles to anchor in pass protection. Fumbles. Extensive injury history.

Grade

6.5

 
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