BIOGRAPHY: Part-time starter the past three seasons sharing time with teammate Darren McFadden. Second-team All-Conference choice as a junior after totaling 133/1162/11 on the ground with 16/176 catching the ball and averaging 29.6 yards on 22 kick returns with two touchdowns. Sophomore-year totals included 154/1168/6 on the ground with 15/107/3 as a pass-catcher.
POSITIVES: Explosive ball-carrier who plays much faster than his timed speed. Outstanding cut-back runner who does a great job using blocks. Immediately finds the running lanes and quickly gets to top speed. Quick-footed, cuts back against the grain, and loses no momentum when he must immediately change direction. Runs with good lean and vision and deceptively strong in his lower body with the ability to break the first tackle. Possesses the speed and agility to turn the corner, displays outstanding open-field running skills, and can run to daylight if given the slightest amount of open space. Sets defenders up, makes them miss or bounces around piles, and creates a lot of yardage. Natural catching the ball out of the backfield, easily adjusting to the errant throw and grabbing it with his hands.
NEGATIVES: Always played second fiddle at Arkansas and was never asked to carry the load in college. Poor 40 time at the combine will raise red flags.
ANALYSIS: Jones has been a triple-threat player in college at running back, receiver, and as a return specialist. His ability to elude defenders and create yardage is a major asset. Jones has the ability to develop into a feature runner down the road, yet early in his NFL career he should be very productive as a third-down back and a return specialist.