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Prospect Profile: USC RB Ronald Jones II

Posted Apr 15, 2018

Ronald Jones II

Running back | Southern Cal | Junior

Height: 5-foot-11 | Weight: 205 pounds

College Stats

2017: played and started 13 games; rushed for 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns on 261 attempts (5.9 yards per attempt); recorded 187 receiving yards and a touchdown on 14 catches (13.4 yards per catch); named First-Team All-American by Pro Football Focus; named Third-Team All-American by the Associated Press; earned First-Team All-Pac-12 honors from conference coaches and the media; helped Trojans win Pac-12 conference championship

Career: played in 40 career games; rushed for 3,619 yards and 39 touchdowns on 591 attempts (6.1 yards per attempt); recorded 302 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 32 catches (9.4 yards per catch); named First-Team All-American in 2017 by Pro Football Focus; named Third-Team All-American by the Associated Press as a junior; earned First-Team All-Pac-12 honors from conference coaches and the media in 2017; earned Second-Team All-Pac-12 honors from conference coaches and the media as a sophomore; earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention accolades from conference coaches and the media as a freshman

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds

Bench press: did not participate

Broad jump: did not participate

Vertical jump: 36.5 inches

3-cone drill: did not participate

20-yard shuttle: did not participate

Profile

Summary: Jones was one of the top high school running backs in Texas before heading west to Southern California. He made an immediate impact, rushing for nearly 1,000 yards as a true freshman in a non-starting role. Jones piled up the statistics over his final two seasons in Los Angeles, rushing for 1,000-plus yards with 12-plus touchdowns in each season. He tied for fifth in the nation with 19 rushing touchdowns in 2017.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote Jones keeps his composure as he “runs with desired level of calm in the face of oncoming traffic” and also “trusts blocking development and hides cut intentions until the last second.” Zierlein also noted Jones’ relentless effort and motor as he “maintains top play speed and is able to string together moves on moves on moves.”

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock had Jones as his No. 3 running back before the combine but dropped him a spot after it. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks and ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr., each listed Jones as their third-ranked running back in the draft.

Quick start: Jones did not record a single start as a true freshman in 2015, but he rushed for 987 yards and eight touchdowns on 153 carries. Jones set a single-season school record for rushing yards by a freshman.