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2015 NFL DRAFT

Matt Jones, RB

School: Florida  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Seffner, FL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 235 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
143144-5

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Looks the part with a well-built frame. Shows good power to run through tackles when he keeps his pad level low. Good leg drive and forward lean.

Runs with surprising patience, balance and steady acceleration for a back of his size. He also showed a nice stutter-step to get defenders off-balance, a stiff-arm to keep them away and the burst to separate. Catches the ball cleanly, showing good hand-eye coordination to pluck and secure in one fluid motion.

WEAKNESSES: Bit of a one-trick pony as a powerful downhill runner. Lacks the preferred top-end speed and isn't particularly nimble to make defenders miss in tight quarters.

A step slow recognizing blitzers and isn't as effective a pass blocker as his size would indicate. Too often lunges late rather than squaring up defenders. Typically asked to run only routes into the flat or simple screens in this offense. Struggled with fumbles in 2013.

Underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in October, 2013.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Will Muschamp was replaced at Florida in large part due to the Gators' inability to score points. Florida would have been even worse off if not for the productive running from Jones, who led the team with 817 rushing yards and six scores in 2014. Jones also caught 11 passes for 65 yards and another score.

Shortly after news of Muschamp's firing broke, Jones announced his plans to enter the 2015 draft.

Jones' decision to leave early may have been prompted by a tough 2013 campaign in which he missed much of the spring fighting a viral infection before winning back the starting job, only to have his season cut short with knee injury.

He signed with Florida as a highly recruited prospect, turning down the likes of Alabama, Auburn and Clemson, among others. Jones sports the powerful frame to potentially serve as the thunder in an NFL backfield. His lack of lateral agility and breakaway speed could even force him to improve as a blocker and potentially make the switch to fullback.

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10/07/2014 - Austin Hardin made a 49-yard field goal with 6:20 remaining Saturday as Florida erased a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Tennessee 10-9 and continue its decade-long mastery of this rivalry. Florida (3-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) rallied behind freshman quarterback Treon Harris, who led both of the Gators' scoring drives after replacing an ineffective Jeff Driskel. Matt Jones rushed for 114 yards and had a 32-yard run to set up Hardin's first successful field-goal attempt of the season, which gave Florida its 10th straight victory over Tennessee (2-3, 0-2). Tennessee drove into Florida territory before Keanu Neal sealed the victory by intercepting a Justin Worley pass at the Florida 23 with 51 seconds left. Aaron Medley kicked three field goals for Tennessee, which lost for the third straight time. - AP Sports
 

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