Draft Day Target: RB Greg Jones

We continue to keep the focus at running back as take a closer look at FSU running back Greg Jones, and the potential for the brusing ground gainer to be taken by the Cowboys in this April's NFL Draft.

RB Greg Jones
6-2, 248, 4.5
Florida State University
Projected Draft Position: Second Round

Greg Jones isn't your typical college football running back.

At just under 6-feet-2 inches tall and weighing in at over 240 pounds, the South Carolina native is a big, punishing workhorse out the backfield. He has the size to take on a middle linebacker, and the agility to push it to the outside and pick up chunks of yardage.

During his senior season in Tallahassee, Jones ran the ball 144 times for 618 yards and 7 touchdowns while splitting time with two other running backs who have been considered to be "All-American" caliber during their short lived college careers.

Jones has already played in the Senior Bowl this past weekend, and from what we gathered during the week of practice leading up to the game and the game itself, his stock is rising.

"He showed that he a real solid build and did some good things during the week of practice in Mobile," notes NFL Draft Expert Tony Pauline. "He dad some nice runs and was very tough to bring down on the inside."

Coming off a devastating knee injury, Jones rushed 144 times for 618 yards and 7 touchdowns during his senior year at FSU.
He ran the ball 5 times for 44 yards and a touchdown during the game, and was named the South squad's Offensive MVP afterwards.

"He's a patient ball carrier that waits for blocks to develop, sees the field and will pick and choose his spots," added Pauline. "He has a punishing style, runs through defenders and picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact."

"He also displays a darting style, decent footwork and bounces it around defenders or piles. He also tends to keep the play in bounds, works his runs then falls forward when tackled, picking up extra yardage."

The only downside to Jones at this point has to be the fact he's coming off a devastating knee injury that was suffered towards the end of his junior season. Some scouts are worried that he may be "damaged goods" and will likely experience the same sort of injury at the NFL level.

"He tore a joint in his knee against Wake Forest during his junior season. You look at that, and then look at the fact that he lacks true breakaway speed and I think that puts him somewhere out of the first round, and onto down into the lower half of the second round," added Pauline.

Regardless, Jones' ultimate draft status won't be determined until the NFL combines in Indianapolis in February.

It will be there that physicians and scouts from across the league will be able to determine whether or not his knee will play a serious factor in his development in the NFL.

For the Cowboys, Jones could be there for the taking in either round one or two. At this point, he's considered such a wild card that he could be available when the Cowboys go on the clock in the second round. Obviously, it all comes down to his overall health.

In addition, SilverStarDigest has learned that there could be some additional concerns within the organization about his size. Bill Parcells wants a true running back with breakaway speed, and at just under 250 pounds, Jones may not be the ideal candidate to wear silver and blue next season.

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