Multiple reports are confirmed what everyone already knew: Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones is fast and athletic.
Stopwatches recorded times in the high 4.2's to low 4.3's on Jones' only forty-yard dash attempt. He also put up other athletic testing numbers that would have put him at the top of the running back (or even wide receiver) heap at the Combine. Jones' workout was pushed into mid-April because of a foot injury suffered in the Football Championship Subdivision play-offs. He appeared to be fully healthy in today's workout.
Jones' production and speed already had scouts pegging him in the third round of this year's draft, with the assumption he would run as well as he did today. He ran for 1,742 yards and 14 TD in just 12 games this fall, catching 24 passes for 342 yards and three scores. He showed great promise as a kick returner in 2008, averaging 36.3 yards a try with one touchdown but averaged just 20.4 a return in 2009, 20.9 this season.
Scouts won't like the fact he missed games with an "abdominal contusion" and foot injury this year--in addition to being nicked up with hip, hand, shoulder injuries in 2009 and sitting out with a broken leg in 2008.
He also fumbled 18 times the past three seasons (17 in 2009-2010), losing eight (seven).
That sort of injury track record and lack of ball security won't sit well with teams, who know the hits will come much harder and faster at the next level.
--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter