Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones had the kind of pro day everyone kind of expected from him on Thursday, displaying the type of elite straight-line speed that was evident on tape. Jones ran his 40 in the high 4.2/low 4.3 range while also posting a 39.5-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump.
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About 50 NFL scouts, coaches and executives (representative of 27 teams showed up, including 18 running backs coaches) were at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, Calif., to watch one private workout...those in the scouting community were well-aware of Jones' raw speed, and knew that when fully healed, he could put up numbers in the range of those established by current Tennessee Titans running backChris Johnson (4.24 at the combine) and Kansas City Chiefs back Jamaal Charles(notes) (4.28).
Most draft analysts have been pegging Jones somewhere within the range of the third to fifth round. Sporting News’ draft expert Russ Lande has Jones as a third-round pick. After meeting with representatives from a dozen or more teams—then conferring with his advisors—on Thursday, Jones believes he’ll make an extraordinarily big jump. “It would be nice to go late first round,” he said.
He led the nation in total offense this past season at 238.8 yards per game and finished his career with five plays of at least 80 yards, 10 of at least 70 yards and 16 of at least 60 yards. Many teams see him as a fourth-rounder, but with that kind of speed the Raiders are certainly a candidate to jump before that.
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Jones averaged a ridiculous 7.9 yards per carry in 24 career games. Some of that is due to the level of competition, but his elusiveness, acceleration and breakaway speed are tantalizing.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock chatted with NFL.com users on Friday, as anticipation for the draft continues to build. One of the great things about a Mayock chat is that you usually discover a prospect that you likely have never heard of. And Mayock failed to disappoint. When asked about a potential "little man" in this year's draft, Mayock sang the praises of Eastern Washington RB Taiwan Jones. The junior was unable to perform at the combine because of a foot injury, and scouts are clamoring to get a glimpse of the kid. As is Mayock. "He's 194 pounds and I think he's going to run 4.35 or better," Mayock said. "He's a home-run hitter who can impact the return game and I think that you try to get him another 10 touches per game as a change-of-pace back." Jones is scheduled to work out April 14 at Los Medanos Junior College in Antioch, Calif., with 26 teams scheduled to attend. - NFL.com
Biography: Former cornerback who moved to running back as a sophomore. Started four games at field cornerback in 2008.
Injury Report: (from CBSSports.com)
2010: Missed the final two games of the playoffs with a broken bone in his left foot.
2009: Played in all 12 games in 2009, but battled hand, shoulder (both) and hip-flexor injuries and underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia.
2008: Missed the first four games of the season due to a broken leg.
High School: Missed time as a high school senior with an ankle injury and four games of his redshirt freshman season with a broken fibula.
worrying about his potential inability to hold up physically at the next level.....Jones is now carrying 197 pounds on his 6-foot frame, a far cry from the 178 pounds he was listed at during the season.