Eastern Washington junior running back Taiwan Jones brings rare speed to the position for the 2011 NFL Draft. At 5-foot-11 5/8, 194 pounds, Jones' size could be a concern, that is if defenders can get a hand on him.
He rushed for 1,742 yards and scored 17 total touchdowns in 2010. Jones scored 19 times and ran for 1,213 yards the year before; he has averaged 7.7 yards per carry in the last two years.
- Exceptional speed - rarely ever caught from behind and turns the corner with ease
- Elusive - good vision for cutback lanes
- Experienced, dangerous return specialist
Fantastic body control - start-stop ability
Can't race on a busted wheel
- Quality receiver
- Rarely takes big hits despite an upright running style
- Extremely productive
- Durability concerns (recovering from a fractured foot bone)
- Questionable maturity but no known overt character flaws
- Hasn't been abot to workout for teams during the draft season
- Raw as a pass blocker
- Upright running style exposes the football
- Posted big numbers against inferior competition
Expected draft placement
Jones will be graded on the level of competition while at Eastern Washington, but it wouldn't be a surprise at all to see him go in the third round of the draft. He probably won't fall beyond the fourth, just as long as his foot injury heals properly.
Any number of teams could consider him, as he is almost a poor man's version of Tennessee Titans back Chris Johnson.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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