5-10, 220, 4.3
Projected Draft Position: Late 2nd Round
SilverStarDigest has learned of several collegiate players that have caught the eye of scouts in Valley Ranch this year, but one of the more notable names on the proverbial "radar" is Notre Dame running back Julius Jones.
Jones is an underrated ground gainer with speed to burn, and size to boot. As a freshman in South Bend, he immediately burst onto the scene, registering 798 return yards, a number good enough for second-highest in school history. He also led the team in rushing as a junior in 2001 with 718 yards.
As a senior, he rushed 229 times for 1268 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The interesting part of Jones' career at Notre Dame however involves a suspension that lasted for the entire 2002 season due to poor grades.
|As a senior in South Bend, Julius Jones rushed 229 times for 1268 yards and 10 touchdowns.|
"I was pretty hurt and upset," Jones said looking back in an interview with the Associated Press. "But you have to look forward and try to make the best of it. I started here, and I want to finish things I started. I came here for a reason, I came here to graduate and I didn't feel comfortable going somewhere else."
After returning to the field, all he did was rush for over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Needless to say, NFL scouts have been watching his every move since.
For the Cowboys, Jones is near the top of the board at running back, but they won't be willing to take a chance on him in the first round.
Virginia Tech RB Kevin Jones and Oregon State RB Steven Jackson both rank ahead of Julius, but neither will be available in the second round.
Julius Jones will be, and word has it that Julius ranks right beside FSU running back Greg Jones on the Cowboys draft board.
And as an interesting side note, Jones was one of the players that was scouted the hardest by the Cowboys during the week of practice leading up to the Senior Bowl in January.
"There's no wonder why they (the Cowboys) were so interested in him," a source told SilverStarDigest.
"He really had a great week of practice. He was doing everything asked of him. Catching the ball, running between the tackles, showing a nice burst of speed in the open field. He's a target, but only in the 2nd round at this point."