BIO: Academically ineligible in '02 season but returned to lead the Irish in rushing last season posting 229/1,268/10 on the ground. Led the team in both rushing and kick returning as a junior in '01 posting 168/718/6 on the ground and averaging 22.5 yards on 18 kick returns. Started four of 10 games as a sophomore and registered 162/657/7 carrying the ball. Performed well at the Senior Bowl and had fine workouts at the Combine.
POSITIVES: Explosive ball carrier effective on the interior or outside of tackle. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and makes the first man miss. Has a burst of speed, runs with authority through the hole and fast enough to turn the corner. Will pick and choose his spots, finds the running lanes and plays with both balance and body control. Works his runs, falls forward when tackled, yet at the same time elusive with the ability to create if nothing's available. Adequate pass-catcher out of the backfield.
NEGATIVES: Marginal blocker that does not attack assignments. Has some fumbling issues which rear their ugly head.
ANALYSIS: A gifted athlete that has watched his draft stock soar since the post season, Jones offers a terrific combination of speed and explosion. May not be able to handle the pounding of being an every down back but has the skills to fit a variety of offensive systems and should be a productive NFL ball carrier.