Another day, another small school in the spotlight, as five teams over the last week made a trip to Youngstown State of all places to scout one of the rising prospects in the nation, wide receiver Donald Jones. Scout.com has confirmed that the Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns, who were represented by their Senior Advisor to the General Manager Paul Warfield, showed great interest in Jones.
A former JUCO transfer from Lackawanna CC, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Jones has the size/speed combination that scouts require, and emerged on the scene last year for the Penguins catching 31 passes for 510 yards and seven touchdowns. Jones is physical at the line of scrimmage and gets off a jam well. He runs adequate routes, quick in and out of his breaks and possesses strong hands. He's still raw and is developing his intermediate game, but as a vertical threat he has deceptive speed and is able to make the proper adjustments when the balls in the air. He has to improve as a blocker and get more involved when the balls not in his hands; he has to do the little things. He lacks explosion and doesn't possess elite speed.
Youngstown State hasn't had a player drafted into the NFL since 1998 when the Jacksonville Jaguars selected defensive tackle Harry Deligianis in the fourth round. And, the most accomplished player ever to come from Youngstown State is also the player selected the highest in the draft from the university, former Pro Bowl quarterback and now ESPN commentator Ron Jaworski.
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