Ronald Jones II – USC
RB 6’1″ 195
If you have a thing for polarizing running backs, Ronald Jones II is the guy for you. He’s been compared to everyone from Kenyan Drake to Thomas Jones to Jamaal Charles, and Draft Season hasn’t even kicked into full swing yet.
There’s no doubt that Ronald Jones is fast; (he is rumored to run the forty-yard dash somewhere in the low 4.4s.) Jones’s speed it just a piece of his dynamic, big play ability though. He is also exceptionally quick, using a devastating jump-cut to avoid defenders. He routinely creates something out of nothing on broken plays and is very good at escaping defenders who try to wrap him up high. Jones rarely fumbles and is an adequate inside runner, but his homerun ability truly shines when he gets in space. Despite only catching 14 balls in 2017, he amassed nearly 200 yards receiving, and Jones appears to have enough receiving ability to be truly dangerous at the next level.
The biggest drawback to Jones’s game is that he is definitely not going to be a power back; his frame is a little too thin to be ridden for 15-20 carries up the middle. He also has a bad habit of dancing a little bit behind the line and opening himself up to big hits from defenders. Although he’s not an exceptional pass blocker, Jones shines in plays where he gets downfield to block for a receiver.
There’s no question that Ronald Jones is an exceptional athlete, but just how that will translate to the next level remains up for debate. If he can increase his utilization in the receiving game, he will be a dangerous weapon and fantasy producer. I want to be in love with Jones, but it’s hard to go all in on a back who’s best fit in the pros is a shift from the skillset he used successfully at USC.