By: Steve Johnson
Ronald Jones II, RB USC
5’11 200 31 1/8″ arms, 8 3/4″ hands
4.65 40, 36 1/2″ vert
2015: 14 games. 153 att, 987 yards, 8 TD. 7 rec, 39 yards, 1 TD
2016: 13 games. 177 att, 1082 yards, 12 TD. 11 rec, 76 yards, 1 TD
2017: 13 games. 261 att, 1550 yards, 19 TD. 14 rec, 187 yards, 1 TD
Misc. Stats: None
Accolades: 2016 second-team All-Pac-12, 2017 third-team All-American, 2017 first-team All-Pac-12
History: Four-star recruit out of McKinney, TX. He was the district champion in the 100m. Brifetly sprinted for USC’s track team in 2016.
Strengths: Home run threat, despite poor 40 time at combine (ran 4.48 at pro day and said his hamstring was at 85%). Quick feet. Patient, waits for his blocks to develop. Run after the catch ability. Makes defenders miss with his elite acceleration. Has worked on his craft as a receiver and in pass pro since his freshmen year. Good balance to fight for extra yards. Hits the hole and gets to the 2nd level fast.
Weaknesses: Not a bruiser by any means. Pass pro is inconsistent, still lunges. Wasn’t used a lot in the pass game. Thin framed, could add some bulk. Handled a rather large workload. Touches may need to be limited in the pros.
Overview: Jones, is a home run threat, one cut runner that would excel from a zone blocking scheme. I have questions whether he could handle a full workload. He may be the one back that people aren’t talking about, like Kamara last year.
Draft Projection: First Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.40
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