Felix Jones Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'0 - 207 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas
Playing in the shadow of Darren McFadden could be an overwhelming prospect for some running backs. But Jones not only managed not to get lost in the shadows, he thrived as the No. 2 man to the best tailback in college football. After rushing for 1,168 yards as a sophomore, Jones came back with an equally solid junior campaign. He rushed for 1,199 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 133 carries -- averaging 8.7 yards per carry. He also had 16 catches for 176 yards. He was equally effective as a kick returner, gaining 652 yards and scoring two TDs on 22 returns -- a phenomenal 29.6 yards per return average. He was named first-team All-Southeastern Conference as an all-purpose performer by the Associated Press and league coaches. The coaches also selected him second-team All-SEC as a running back. Jones is one of the most explosive players in the country. He has great speed, running a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash. Though he didn't have a wealth of pass-catching opportunities at Arkansas, he has the potential to be a big receiving threat out of the backfield in the NFL. He has very good receiving skills. He's not just a straight-ahead runner relying solely on blazing speed. Jones has great balance and can cut on a dime. The question most scouts have about Jones is how much of his success was due to having played alongside McFadden, who always drew the focus of opposing defenses. Can he handle a full workload? He isn't a big back, which has some questioning how he will hold up under the pounding NFL defenses deliver. He is also not a physical runner. His draft stock will be greatly enhanced by his position versatility. Teams that already have a No. 1 back could still be interested due to the variety of ways Jones could be used. Jones will be off the board no later than the second round.
Last Updated Jan-25-2008 by Thomas Scott
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