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2005 NFL Draft Draft Tracker Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Players Positions Schools Conferences NFL Teams

Matt Jones - TE

 Matt Jones Grade: 3.95
 Position: TE
 Class: Sr
 School: Arkansas
 Conference: SEC
 Ht., Wt.: 6-6, 242
 40 Time: 4.42
  Selected by: Jacksonville Jaguars
  Round 1, pick 21 (21 overall)

BIO: Three-year starter who also spent time on the school's basketball team. All-Conference selection as asenior after totaling 57.2%/2,073/15/12 as a passer while leading the team in rushing with 83/622/6, for an average of 7.5 yards per carry. Junior totals included a career high 707 yards rushing with eight scores.

POSITIVES: Productive college quarterback who projects to wide receiver or even tight end at the next level. Intelligent passer who is patient in the pocket, buys time for receivers and finds the open wideout. Sells his ball fakes, senses pressure and remains poised. Improvises when plays break down and is both fast and strong carrying the ball. Works runs, puts his shoulders into opponents and keeps the play in-bounds. Made a seamless transition to receiver at the Senior Bowl. Displayed natural skills using his large frame to shield away opponents, extending and plucking the pass out of the air, over the middle, or down the field.

NEGATIVES: Slings the ball from the side as a quarterback, lacks top pass placement and has receivers constantly waiting on his throws. Cannot drive the deep ball nor does he zip the pass. Possesses more built up speed rather than sudden explosion.

ANALYSIS: An outstanding athlete who works hard in a variety of ways to make positive plays, the ability of Jones to play several different positions is enticing. Did an outstanding job transitioning to receiver at the Senior Bowl and even looked efficient long snapping and fielding kickoffs. His underdeveloped frame at over 240 pounds, combined with a lack of quickness and outright speed, may all add up to Jones eventually finding a home at tight end. Could start off as a slot receiver used in third-down or goal-line situations and a prospect with a large degree of upside for the next level.

PROJECTION: Early Second Round

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